Education Policy Consortium (EPC) Projects

A study of literacy and numeracy education (the 'Three Rs Programme'). The CEPD, under the auspices of the Education Policy Consortium (EPC), is participating in this programme dealing with the teaching of literacy and numeracy in South African schools. The programme, funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy, is being conducted jointly with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Jet Education Services and the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA). It consists of a number of separate projects of which the EPC is doing three.

The CEPD is leading two of the three EPC projects in this programme. These are:

  • An investigation into coordinated community and departmental support on the quality of literacy and numeracy among school learners and community members. This project is known as the CLING project. Please click here for an activity report on the project. Please click here to see what the CLING project is now able to discuss with policy makers, researchers, the Department of Education and communities.
  • Teaching literacy and numeracy in multi-grade classrooms in rural and farm schools in South Africa.

A third project in which the CEPD participates is led by the Wits EPU. This is researching teaching and learning materials used in mathematics education.

Other projects in which the CEPD is not directly involved include research on assessment and on the impact of the language of learning on education.

Democracy, Human Rights and Social Justice in Education Research Programme.  For details on this and other past projects, please refer to our annual reports: