On 14-15 November 2012 the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), SECTION27, the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) and the Centre for Child Law organised a conference in Johannesburg to discuss pressing issues in basic education. The conference covered topics such as sexual violence in schools, learner teacher support materials (LTSM) support for learners with disabilities, and access to basic education. Members of civil society and government attended the conference.
The conference opened with a keynote address by Mr. Jay Naidoo and the first day of the conference concluded with a presentation on improving education in Gauteng by Gauteng MEC for Education, Barbara Creecy. On the second day, South African Human Rights Commissioner, Lindiwe Mokate, delivered the opening address.
Key outcomes of the conference include holding similar conferences in each of the nine provinces with a focus on the particular contextual challenges faced by each province; increased community mobilisation on the issue of sexual violence and building the capacity of school governing bodies.