Leanne Jansen-Thomas

OP ED: Organised young people are the enablers of a just education system

Published by Maverick Citizen on 16 June 2022 By Sindisa Monakali (Equal Education Chairperson), Tebogo Tsesane (Equal Education Deputy General Secretary) and Yolanda Sewela (Equal Education Deputy Chairperson)  The capacity of young people to organise is a tool for liberation in South Africa’s communities. Young people have long played a key role in the fight

Joint media statement: Civil society calls for key changes to BELA Bill, as Parliament considers the biggest amendments to basic education laws in the past decade

15 June 2022 Joint media statement: Civil society calls for key changes to BELA Bill, as Parliament considers the biggest amendments to basic education laws in the past decade  Today, Equal Education (EE), Equal Education Law Centre (EELC), SECTION27, Centre for Child Law (CCL), Children’s Institute (CI), and Legal Resources Centre (LRC), will be making

Media statement: New Western Cape Education MEC must build relationships with school communities to understand and address education challenges, including schools being unsafe

17 May 2022 Equal Education media statement: New Western Cape Education MEC must build relationships with school communities to understand and address education challenges, including schools being unsafe As David Maynier officially starts his new role as Western Cape Education MEC, Equal Education (EE) urges him to prioritise being in conversation with school communities, the

Media statement: Equal Education 4th national Congress

2 May 2022 Media statement: Equal Education 4th national Congress  Yesterday, delegates at the Equal Education (EE) 4th national Congress elected new members to represent them on our movement’s National Council (board). Noncedo Madubedube will be leading our movement for another three years as General Secretary, while Tebogo Tsesane has been elected as our new

Media statement: The national budget provides a small amount of relief for education for 2022, but a lot more is needed to show that government is prioritising the fixing of our schools! #Budget2022

24 February 2022 Equal Education media statement: The national budget provides a small amount of relief for education for 2022, but a lot more is needed to show that government is prioritising the fixing of our schools! #Budget2022 While Treasury has given more money for our schools than we expected for 2022, in 2023 and

Media statement: Equal Education calls on National Treasury to stop cuts to the basic education budget, so that all learners can return to school safely!

22 February 2022 Media statement: Equal Education calls on National Treasury to stop cuts to the basic education budget, so that all learners can return to school safely! When Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana delivers his first budget speech tomorrow, 23 February 2022, he must ensure that enough money is given to education. Equal Education (EE)

Op ed: Mboweni’s budget cuts are undermining the right to basic education

* Published by Daily Maverick on 25 October 2020 By Jane Borman (Equal Education Researcher), Hopolang Selebalo (Equal Education Head of Research) and the Education Working group of the C-19 People’s Coalition No one can dispute that the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for South Africa. Faced with a constrained budget,

Op ed: Schoolkids short-changed by the Treasury

Following years of inadequate funding from the government, and now the cost of the Covid-19 pandemic, our public schools are at a breaking point. Schools are struggling to pay their teachers, pupils are without access to textbooks, classrooms are overcrowded, and basics such as water and safe toilets are still not in place for every

Op ed: Limpopo infrastructure challenges | Dignity denied

* Published by City Press on 22 August 2021  By Kimberley Khumalo, Equal Education Researcher Infrastructure challenges have continuously plagued schools in Limpopo, with pupils having no option but to use undignified and often dangerous toilets for years. But it was the death of Michael Komape (5), who fell into a dilapidated pit toilet in