The School Capacity and Innovation Program (SCIP) in South Africa

The program will build teacher capacity for the improvement of primary grade reading in South Africa.

School Capacity and Innovation Program (SCIP)

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.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • J.P. Morgan

    Investment & Finance
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    J.P. Morgan works in financial services, offering solutions to clients in more than 100 countries with one of the most comprehensive global product platforms available. J.P. Morgan is part...

  • Department of Basic Education (South Africa)

    South Africa | Staff size: 501-1000

    The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is one of the departments of the South African government. It oversees primary and secondary education in South Africa.

    It was created in 2009...

  • ELMA Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 26-50

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Key Information

LocationSouthern Africa, South Africa
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2015
  • ValueUSD 7.5 Million