PAN: Children

Welcome to the PAN:Children Portal. PAN:Children is an online knowledge-hub complemented by dialogue and capacity building activities. We seek to provide timely and up-to-date information on child rights and equity. A partnership between the HSRC and UNICEF, this platform aims to provide a consolidated digital repository on the situation of children in South Africa. Please see the “About Us” page for further information.

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This study entails a literature review of the impact of early learning, impact estimates of early learning on learning outcomes based on existing datasets, an impact evaluation using a new dataset that can attribute causation to the measured impact of Grade R, a short fiscal analysis, and a conclusion.

BRIDGE has prepared a summary of the recommendations of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Performance and Monitoring (DPME)’s 2014 Grade R Impact Evaluation and an overview of the QCTO qualification process as quick fact sheets for Early Childhood Development (ECD) stakeholders.

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Outline and structure of the National Early Child Development (ECD) programme report. The objectives of the assignment are to outline a comprehensive ECD Programme and to describe a universally available non‐negotiable essential package.


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The South African Integrated Programme of Action for Early Childhood Development-Moving Ahead (2013/14-2016/17) was approved by Cabinet on 18 September 2013 with a recommendation that the costing be concluded with National Treasury.

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This report is an analysis of the current status of the ECD in South Africa, challanges and roles played by different partners in its landscape.

The focus of the toolkit is to help civil society organisations, VOPEs, governments and other development partners to: learn how strategic advocacy can be leveraged to increase the demand for evaluation; acquire essential skills to become an effective advocate for building an enabling environment for evaluation; devise a long-term advocacy strategy to develop and implement equity and gender sensitive national evaluation policies and systems; respond quickly to seize any unplanned advocacy opportunity to build a culture of evaluation.

Evaluation Update is a summary of progress on establishing the South African National Evaluation System, led by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency (DPME). 

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The World Economic Forum publishes a comprehensive series of reports which examine in detail the broad range of global issues it seeks to address with stakeholders as part of its mission of improving the state of the world. The Forum produces landmark titles covering the environment, education, individual industries and technologies. South Africa was 56th out of 144 countries on the WEF's global competitive index. The country came last, 144th out of 144 countries for maths and science teaching,140th for the quality of its education system, 117th for internet access in schools, and 133rd for quality of primary education.


A quick guide for members of parliament, management of legislature and members of municipal councils to support the involvement and voice of children in oversight.

The report provides a global overview of alcohol consumption in relation to public health (Chapter 1) as well as information on: the consumption of alcohol in populations (Chapter 2); the health consequences of alcohol consumption (Chapter 3); and policy responses at national level (Chapter 4). In addition the report contains country profiles for WHO Member States and appendices with statistical annexes, a description of the data sources and methods used as well as references.