South African Child Gauge 2008/2009
Pendlebury S, Lake L, & Smith C (eds) 2009
Children's Institute, University of Cape Town
The South African Child Gauge is the only publication in the country that provides an annual snap-shot of the status of South Africa’s children.
It is published by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, to track South Africa’s progress towards realising children’s rights.
The 2009/2009 issue focused on 'children’s meaningful access to basic education'.
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Dr Max Price, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town
Reflections on meaningful access to education
Prof Jonathan D Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State
PART ONE: CHILDREN AND LAW REFORM
Key legislative developments in 2008/2009
Lucy Jamieson, Katharine Hall and Daksha Kassan
PART TWO: MEANINGFUL ACCESS TO BASIC EDUCATION
Children’s right to basic education
Lori Lake and Shirley Pendlebury
Meaningful access to basic education
How budgetary frameworks support meaningful access to education
Addressing quality through school fees and school funding
Katharine Hall and Sonja Giese
Children out of school: Evidence from the Community Survey
Brahm Fleisch, Jennifer Shindler and Helen Perry
School drop-out: Poverty and patterns of exclusion
Veerle Dieltiens and Sarah Meny-Gibert
Schools and communities: Building effective partnership
Count one count all: Numeracy in the foundation phase
Paula Ensor, Ursula Hoadley, Heather Jacklin, Cally Kühne, Esme Schmitt and Ana Paula Lombard
PART THREE: CHILDREN COUNT – THE NUMBERS
Introducing Children Count – Abantwana Babalulekile
Katharine Hall and Lori Lake
Demography of South Africa's children
Helen Meintjes and Katharine Hall
Children's access to social assistance
Children's access to education
Ariane De Lannoy and Lori Lake
Child health: The general context
Lori Lake and Double-Hugh Marera
Child health: HIV/AIDS
Children’s access to housing
Children’s access to basic services
Katharine Hall and Double-Hugh Marera
To the best of my knowledge, the South African Child Gauge is the only publication in South Africa that combines detailed empirical data presented in a user-friendly and accessible format, with insightful and thought-provoking research and commentary in the sphere of children’s rights.
Single best source that I am aware of on the subject area.
It's an excellent, current overview of the primary concerns for children in South Africa.
It makes me realise that as government we still have a lot to do.
I think they are excellent. They give a very short coverage, and I like the fact that they explain the data tables and come up with some sort of conclusion.
It is able to give us alternative picture of issues facing children in South Africa, government statistics are sometimes not an honest picture of enormity of the problems facing this country.