Equal Education (EE) is a movement of learners, parents and teachers striving for quality and equality in South African education through analysis and activism.
A democratic movement, EE collectively identifies systemic and localised problems affecting the quality of education being provided to learners throughout South African schools and then undertakes strategic actions to remedy these identified problems. Issues of inequality in education are addressed through public action and advocacy, using mass mobilization and traditional and new media to build public pressure on the relevant stakeholders to address problems. Policy engagement and research is also a significant aspect of our work; issues are analysed deeply in order to be able to make effective recommendations for improvements, and submissions on various government processes and documents are made to both the legislative and the executive branches of government on a regularly basis. When appropriate, EE uses legal interventions through its strategic partner, the Equal Education Law Centre, to secure learners' rights.
A democratic movement, EE’s National Council, made up of learners, parents, post-school youth, and experienced activists, along with its General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary are elected at our National Congress; hosted every 3 years. The National Congress along with the National Council are mandated to direct the work EE undertakes during each 3 year period.