Since South Africa’s democratic transition, the right to education for all has been a public priority. However, apartheid’s impact on the education system has yet to be addressed sufficiently. Equal Education began in 2008 in Khayelitsha township to support its hardworking teachers and determined students battling for quality education in difficult conditions. Equal Education is a movement of students, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African education, through analysis, advocacy and activism. Although Equal Education engages a range of stakeholders, young people are at the center of its operations and goals.
EMpower’s first grant to Equal Education is developing the leadership skills of new members, also known as Equalisers, and supporting youth groups to run individual projects and campaigns so that members can improve a concrete aspect of their education at a local level. The process of winning small victories will motivate and inspire youth to be part of larger campaigns to reform education in South Africa.