I wrote while back about Destiny’s Good Schools Report as well as expressed my excitement about the fact that the Good Schools report was going digital!
As a parent of two young daughters, their education is one of our family’s top priorities. I appreciate that Destiny remains committed to providing key updates on our South African education sector. The website allows parents to not only check out schools, but to also read relevant topics about the education sector.
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Here are 5 reasons to check out Destiny’s Good Schools Report Website
Advice section for parents + downloadable resources
The advice section covers relevant articles pertaining to education, that goes beyond school selection. Example, I stumbled across an article which lists the top 10 skills that will be in demand in the next four years. The list may be used as a guide to high school students on what to study. As well as an article on perspectives on the amount of homework that children are required to do in school.
In addition the website provides an opportunity for teachers or parents to download study guides. The student study guides are for Grade 12s. The Educator study guides range from Grade 4 – 6, and covers Life Sciences; Natural Sciences and Technology; Social Sciences and Geography. These are provided in English and Afrikaans.
Thought-provoking insights on the education sector
The website also contains a section where columnists share their views s on various elements of education. One article that particularly caught my attention was the state of digital fluency or our children. There is also an appreciation that children will need to develop an understanding of how to navigate the digital world.
“Education as a process should look to enable a learner’s engagement with an information- and technology-driven, global paradigm“, as stated by Michael Goodman.
Nombulelo Nyathela writes an article encouraging all of us to look beyond matric pass rate that is announced each year when determining what makes a good school.Though provoking articles about the education sector is a key feature of the new Good Schools website Click To Tweet
Ability to compare schools
The website allows you to select up to three schools, and see schools stacked against other. In one view you can see school fees, teacher pupil ratio, and facilities. I selected the first three schools and added a snapshot below. The comparison goes into a lot more detail!
Life style and activities
The website collates lifestyle and activities relevant to parents and children. One of the articles that grabbed me was around when your child has big hair and swims, what do you do? Step up Swimma, a swimming cap that has more stretch to go over the curls, afro or locks. I liked this one as we have experienced this with my preschool aged daughter!
The list of schools only includes the top private and public schools
The school list is an extension of the good schools report, and only includes the top private and public schools. Hence the information contained in the schools section, will only be applicable to a small section of the population. However it does state that the list will be expanded as the website matures, so we need to give it time to evolve.
Nevertheless, as shared in this post the website also includes coverage of topics that can help and inform and add value to a broader audience.
Have you checked out the online Good Schools Report from Destiny and what do you think?
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