LEARNING SUPPORT UNIT

Lima believes that education is a key component to social change and uplifting communities from chronic poverty. Our role in supporting educational development is currently focused on partnership facilitation and research production, but we hope to expand our reach further into schools through teacher training interventions and other outcome-orientated classroom initiatives.

Description
Through our work as lead agent for the Community Work Programme (CWP), a social development project to which Lima was appointed by the Dept of Cooperative Governance, there was significant demand to link stakeholders working in the area of Early Childhood Development with the CWP and its implementing agents and local governance structures. In response, an education-focused partnership between the Dept of Cooperative Governance and the D.G. Murray Trust (DGMT) was subsequently established, and in 2014 the CWP formally launched the Learning Support Unit under Lima’s management.

The unit is primarily responsible for playing a vital facilitation role between the many DGMT grantees and implementing partners, adding substantial value to the CWP through strategic engagement with NGOs and institutions that offer strong social/educational development programmes. Through the Learning Support Unit, Lima provides partnership management and stakeholder liaison services at national, provincial, district and local levels; facilitates public participation related to practical programme design and implementation; provides training, work experience and professional development for CWP participants in the education sector; and conducts strategic research, monitoring and evaluation on issues relevant to improving educational outcomes.

Impact
The Learning Support Unit’s key benefit to the CWP, government and other stakeholders is more effectively leveraged implementation for resources expended. The unit’s evidence-based research findings also support opportunities to take educational support concepts to scale. More specifically, the unit has increased and enhanced delivery of services to the early childhood development and public primary school sectors; has provided structured in-service training and institutional support for CWP participants in the education sector; and has secured support from SETAs, the National Skills Fund and the National Development Agency for long-term funding of CWP training requirements.

Funders
Lima’s Learning Support Unit is funded by the D. G. Murray Trust, as well as through partnership with Ilifa Labantwana.

Geographic Area
KwaZulu-Natal: (districts) Ugu, Harry Gwala, Umzinyathi, Umkhanyakude, uMgungundlovu, Zululand, Uthungulu
North West: (districts) Bojanala, Dr Ruth Segeomotsi Mopati, Ngaka Modiri Molema, Dr Kenneth Kaunda
Free State: (districts) Lejweleputswa

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