The School Capacity Innovation Program (SCIP) was designed to improve primary grade reading outcomes by building teacher effectiveness and strengthening classroom and school management in South Africa. SCIP was established through a $7.5 million public-private partnership between USAID, the South African Department of Basic Education (DBE), the ELMA Foundation, and J.P. Morgan. In the first three years of its implementation, the program aims to reach approximately two million learners (nearly 20% of the country’s learner population) and about 70,000 teachers (approximately one third of the teaching corps) across South Africa. Post year three, the projects will be expanded to reach even larger numbers. ELMA Foundation and USAID will equally co-fund and manage projects under SCIP and the DBE is working closely with the funding partners. The program will identify and support outstanding South African educational innovations, rather than presenting predetermined solutions to the literacy challenge in South Africa. By focusing on South African solutions to South Africa’s challenges, SCIP will provide the resources to education partners who have already demonstrated innovation, impact and a vision for growth. This will allow each implementer to carefully refine, rigorously test and thoughtfully expand their solutions to ensure effective change. SCIP will initially work with three implementing organizations—the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), siyaJabula siyaKhula and the Mindset Network.
|Location||Southern Africa, South Africa|
|Value||USD 7.5 Million|