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January 31, 2014

South Africa | Education

British Council and South Africa sign DOI

bc-south-africa-sign-doi.jpgThe British Council has signed a Declaration of Intent to work with the South African government to raise ELT standards, reports the PIE (Professionals in International Education) News.

The British Council has signed a Declaration of Intent (DOI) to work with the South African Department of Basic Education (DBE) to improve the country’s English as a First Additional Language (EFAL) programming and delivery. The signing of the DOI comes following the meeting of UK Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove and South African Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga at last week’s Education World Forum.

A key component of the collaboration centres on improving the quality of teaching of English in schools through implementing two Teacher Training Courses, the Certificates in Primary and Secondary English Language Teaching (CiPELT and CiSELT).

The project will affect all state schools in South Africa and aims to reach 300,000 teachers and 10 million learners, which accounts for approximately 18% of the population.

Caroline Grant, English Language Advisor at British Council South Africa, commented: “As the late Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, so it is fantastic to see this Declaration of Intent formalising an important educative collaboration between the UK and South Africa.”

Read the full article from The PIE News.

Photo: British Council Chief Executive, Martin Davidson and Chief Director of South Africa Department of Basic Education, Carol Nuga-Deliwe sign the DOI. The PIE News.

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August 29, 2013

South Africa

South Africa: Growth in EFL, sector unites to lobby government

teach-English-in-South-Africa.jpgThe PIE (Professionals in International Education) News recently reported on growth in the EFL industry in South Africa, driven by renewal in interest from traditional European markets and a boom from neighbouring African countries.

The English language travel industry in South Africa saw growth in both student numbers and weeks from 2011 to 2012 and providers are bullish about 2013 after a solid first half of the year according to the national association of English language centres, EduSA.

Improved numbers are driven by renewal in interest from traditional European markets and a boom from neighbouring African countries. But, while the industry supports 16,000 jobs and contributes R 2.5 billion (US$ 2.4 million) to the national economy, the sector is striving for government support and more widespread accreditation.

“EduSA schools are showing improved numbers for 2013 when compared to both 2012 and 2011,” EduSA Chairman and director of Bay Language Shaun Fitzhenry told The PIE News.

Read the full article from The PIE News.

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