About CEPD

The Centre for Education Policy Development (CEPD) is a professionally autonomous, independent trust, governed by a Board of Trustees. It was established in 1993 during the dying days of apartheid, in order to develop alternative education and training policies that would serve a future democratic South Africa.

These policies were aimed at promoting the principles of non-racism, equity, democracy, quality education and lifelong learning. These efforts culminated in the ANC’s Policy Framework for Education and Training published in its first edition in early 1994, just months before the first democratic elections.

Many of the new South Africa’s education and training policies are based on this framework. Now, twenty-two years later, the CEPD continues to serve the same goals, albeit in a way that is more in keeping with the changed circumstances in the country and in the Centre itself. It remains one of the leading non-governmental educational organisations in South Africa, working in partnership not only with government, but also with a wide range of other NGO’s and private sector consultancies.

In particular, it maintains a close strategic relationship with the following university based centres: Centre for Education Rights and Transformation (UJ); Centre for Integrated Post School Education and Training (NMMU); Researching Education and Labour (Wits) and Nelson Mandela Institute for Rural Education. Together, these organisations (including the CEPD), constitute the Education Policy Consortium (EPC). CEPD also maintains close relationships with education departments (Basic and Higher); Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs); civil society organisations (including such South African Union of Students, South African Further Education and Training Student Organisations); and statutory bodies such as Umalusi and the South African Council for Educators (SACE).