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Link Community Development (South Africa)



Address: PO Box 11999
City: Centurion
Country: South Africa
Postal Code: 0046
Phone Number: (012) 663-8560
Fax Number: (012) 663-8553
General Information: Vision and Mission

Link's vision is of a future where children are given a chance to flourish and fulfil their potential. Our mission is to improve the potential of disadvantaged people in Africa to gain meaningful employment by sharing and developing appropriate skills through education and training. We believe that education is a basic human right and fundamental to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Aims

To improve schools and the quality of education they deliver so that children and their communities have better opportunities;
To build the capacity of district departments of education so that they can better meet the needs of their schools and communities;
To support government education policy by using lessons learned at the grassroots level to inform national and regional strategies with sustainable and replicable models;
To facilitate partnerships between European and African education sectors for mutually beneficial development and learning.

Current Activities

Phakama Project, Eastern Cape, South Africa (54 schools);
Quality Learning Project, Eastern Cape and Free State, South Africa (115 schools);
Thusanang Project, Northern Cape, South Africa (65 schools);
Masindi District Education Development Project, Masindi District, Uganda (75 schools);
District Improvement Project, Upper East and Ashanti Regions, Ghana (110 schools);
Link Schools Programme, UK, SA, Ghana and Uganda (540 schools);
Global Teachers Programme, UK, SA and Uganda (330 schools).


Principles and Approach

Working in partnership with formal education sector so as to impact on the system itself;
Priority to recruit local men and women so as to draw on local knowledge and expertise;
Involving all stakeholders in project design, delivery and evaluation;
Evaluating and disseminating learning from our work so as to influence policy;
Acknowledging that sustainability - the ultimate prize in development - takes time.

Innovation and Specialism

District Integrated Planning - enhancing capacity to deliver quality support to schools;
Circuit planning and incentive grants using technical assistance;School Development Planning, community-based fundraising and incentive grants;
School leadership and management training, focussing on role of headteacher;
School governance training using the Resource Management Simulation Game;
School financial management training with school-based support;
HIV/AIDS Action Planning - training, monitoring of plans, incentive grants, mentorship;
Link Schools Programme - North-South school partnerships for mutual benefit;
Global Teachers Programme - technical assistance in schools with mutual learning.

History

LCD (formerly Link Africa) was founded in 1989, having emerged through the spontaneous activities of Cambridge University students in support of Black education in South Africa. We established a separate South African partner organisation in 1995, a Ghanaian partner in 1999 and a Ugandan partner in 2000. We have over a decade of experience in implementing district education development projects. LCD is now probably the leading specialist NGO in district to school interventions.

Structure

The LCD Group consists of four organisations (each an independent legal entity) in South Africa, Ghana, Uganda and the UK. LCD teams combine successfully to deliver projects based in Africa and the UK. The Group is led by the CEO, who is supported by the Group Finance Director and the Assistant Director Quality Assurance. Programme Directors in each of the partner organisations report to the CEO, who reports to the UK Board of Trustees. Additionally there is a Ghanaian Board to whom LCD Ghana is accountable, and it is the Group's intention to develop similar boards in Uganda and South Africa.
On The Web 
lebo@lcd.org.za


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