An explanation of Equal Education's day-to-day work
Youth group is comprised of high school students, known as equalisers, who meet each week. The weekly meetings provide the regular contact equalisers need to shape and influence the movement. In youth group, equalisers learn the content, values, discipline and self-confidence necessary for their intellectual, political and leadership development. Specifically, youth group programming is designed to encourage equalisers to think critically about our education system, society, law and policy, and ultimately provide insight and guidance for the political direction of EE. The content of youth groups include reading historical texts, discussing current affairs, learning about how the education system works, or planning a specific action to address an educational problem in a school.
Youth group meetings are predominately facilitated by former equalisers who have graduated to being facilitators. This model allows equalisers to learn from and with young leaders who have been trained in the movement and are from their respective areas. Equalisers are in turn able to serve as role-models to their peers and to be agents of change in their schools.
Youth group is the foundation of EE’s ability to develop and mobilise young activist leaders committed to fighting educational inequality.
There are many weekly youth groups meetings in Cape Town and surrounding areas. We also run Youth Groups with Equalisers on a weekly basis in areas surrounding Johannesburg. Youth Groups take place on a monthly basis in parts of Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
The head of the Youth Department in the Western Cape is Ntuthuzo Ndzomo: email@example.com
Equal Education attends briefings between the Department of Basic Education and various portfolio committees in Parliament. In setting a best practice model, our parliamentary and advocacy office is effective in tracking education policy changes, budgets, and in building relationships with government and parliamentary officials. The material gathered from these briefings is used to inform research in our Policy, Communications and Research Department (PCR).
We also lobby members of parliament from various portfolio committees and across party lines in order to garner support for our campaigns and research. Through this direct interaction with members of parliament, we are able to acquire extensive information through lobbying. Furthermore, any questions that EE may have and cannot attain directly from the department of education can usually be accessed through a member of parliament. This engagement strengthens Parliament’s ability to hold the executive branch of government to account.
EE has begun to focus more on provincial legislatures, particularly the Eastern Cape, where there are numerous challenges with regard to education and school infrastructure.
Amazwi Wethu – "Our Voices" in isiXhosa – is Equal Education's youth film training workshop. Amazwi Wethu teaches Equalisers documentary film, photography and editing skills, while also promoting media literacy. Equalisers become critically conscious producers and consumers of film as they learn how to utilise media in their activism.
Media advocacy can be a powerful tool to amplify young peoples' voices in a digitising global community. The Equalisers take complete ownership of the production and editing process, empowering them to share their voices in their movement for quality and equality in South African education.
Content produced by the Amazwi Wethu Equalisers not only stands as testament to their developing technical skills, but also supports EE’s work to educate and mobilise members of the community through screenings and seminars.
The Head of Amazwi Wethu is Lyndal Potier: firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Education’s parent branches strive to mobilise parents to become involved in their children’s education, and to equip parents with the necessary skills they need to do this. This includes knowing their children’s educational rights and insisting that they are upheld, as well as providing their children with the support and guidance they need to make a success of their education. Parent members aim to play a positive role in their children’s education by taking the initiative by being directly involved in their children’s schooling, by serving on school governing bodies, or starting clean-up and restoration projects at schools. EE Parent members hold regular meetings after work and on weekends. Discussions focus on how parents can get involved in assisting their children's school and involve themselves in EE’s campaigns. The door-to-door campaigning by parent members plays a crucial role in explaining EE’s campaigns to their communities.
The head of the Community Department is Luzuko Sidimba: Luzuko@equaleducation.org.za