BRIDGE frequently works with partners in the educational development space. This is in line with our mission to support collaboration, between individuals, between organisations, and through partnership projects.
BRIDGE’s role often involves convening communities of practice and managing the knowledge generated by project activities. In the school leadership focus area, BRIDGE has worked in a variety of partnerships with provincial education departments and project implementers. An example is the Telkom Foundation Connected Schools development programme. This project seeks to bridge the digital divide by elevating the level of technology in disadvantaged schools and developing a pipeline of learners with ICT aptitude and capability for entry into the labour market. BRIDGE’s role focuses primarily on strengthening principals’ leadership and governance capacity through school leadership CoPs established in the Tshwane North district of Gauteng and the Nelson Mandela Bay district in the Eastern Cape.
Another example of strategic partnering to bring about positive change is BRIDGE’s partnership with New Leaders Foundation, which is rolling out Data Driven Dashboard (DDD) training to school leaders within the BRIDGE principals CoP network. The DDD initiative provides for a data-driven approach to school management and enables districts and school leaders to use data effectively to make informed decisions.
BRIDGE is also a member of a multi-sectoral consortium in ECD funded by the European Union. PIECCE is the Project for Inclusive Early Childhood Care and Education. This teacher education project aims to professionalise the sector by developing a standardised framework for the training of ECD practitioners working in Birth to Four. BRIDGE’s main role is to use our knowledge management capacity to support the collaboration, with the end goal of developing a Collaboration Model for similar projects. Click here to see the PIECCE brochure. To see PIECCE Knowledge Products, visit the Knowledge Hub and click on the PIECCE tab.
THE BUILDING OF COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS IS IN ITSELF AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE CORE WORK OF THE PIECCE CONSORTIUM. COLLABORATION IS A CENTRAL FEATURE OF THIS PROJECT, BASED ON THE IDEA THAT DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS CAN BRING IN DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES SO THAT THE FINAL PRODUCT IS INCLUSIVE, AND INFORMED BY A COMMON IDEA OF QUALITY IN ECD.