South Africa has one of the highest rates of gender-based violence (GBV) in the world (Jewkes et al, 2009). Women who experience violence – either sexual or physical – are at increased likelihood for a range of physical, mental and emotional health difficulties (Campbell et al, 2002). GBV also increases the risk of contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a particular concern in South Africa where an estimated 17.3% of adults are living with HIV (Statistics South Africa, 2010).
The Umbrella Grants Management Project (UGM) is a five-year grants management program administered by FHI 360 with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Through UGM, FHI 360 provides funding and technical assistance (TA) to USAID-selected nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners who provide HIV and AIDS services at local, provincial and national levels in South Africa. FHI 360-UGM seeks to promote high quality service delivery in alignment with the priorities and goals of the South African government’s HIV and AIDS framework.
Improving primary grade reading is critically important to the success of South African children. In order to maximize student achievement, teachers must have the skills to deliver quality education. To improve primary grade reading outcomes, Ukusiza will strengthen teacher professional development by developing and distributing high-quality digital teacher training content.
Helping young South Africans achieve their potential demands a greater investment in literacy skills of primary grade learners in a rural areas. This challenge is being addressed through enhancing teachers’ skills and recruiting and training community members to serve as literacy volunteers.
Last updated: March 25, 2015