JET aims to be Africa’s leading educational think-do tank, influencing education policy and implementation in South Africa and Africa through rigorous evidence-based research. Its objectives are to improve the quality of education and training systems with particular focus on early childhood development (ECD), school improvement, teacher education, post-school training and education, ICT in education, and union leadership.
JET works closely with government, public sector and civil society organisations, local and international development agencies and education institutions, and its programmes target education policy makers, researchers and practitioners as well as learners, parents, funders and social investment practitioners.
JET is currently involved in around 40 education projects. Its implementation work focuses largely but not exclusively on disadvantaged communities in South Africa, while its research and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) work extends throughout the African continent. JET also undertakes research projects for international organisations such as UNESCO and the ILO. While its primary focus is education, JET is also committed to social and community development and social justice.
In collaboration with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA) and government, JET is developing an integrated and interoperable digital ecosystem for the post-schooling education and training (PSET) sector. The initiative will ensure the interoperability of data sets as sources of information for improving efficiency in this sector. The international benchmarking review of best practices is a first step towards the creation of such a digital ecosystem.
In partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE), JET is assisting Anglo American South Africa (AASA) to implement its education programme which aims to improve learner outcomes in 100 ECD sites and 100 primary and secondary schools in communities around AASA’s operations in South Africa. This programme, which focuses on early childhood learning and utilises a whole-school systemic approach, is an initiative of the Anglo American Sustainability Strategy – part of AASA’s commitment to being an active corporate citizen that engages with real issues and challenges in the country. The programme is aligned with the DBE’s policy and strategy, notably the Action Plan 2019: Towards the Realisation of Schooling 2030 and the Strategic Plan of the DBE 2014-2019.