About the Caring Schools Dialogue
In 2006 the Nelson Mandela Foundation commissioned Save the Children UK to develop a “caring school” model in 25 schools in the Free State, South Africa. This initiative arose out of an assessment of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the educational sector in the province, done with the Free State Department of Education.
In a dialogue convened by the Foundation, representatives of government, civil society, schools and communities gathered in the small town of Clarens in the Free State on November 26, 2007, and discussed how schools could care for children made vulnerable by poverty, HIV/AIDS and other causes.
Dr Mothomang Diaho from the Foundation facilitated the dialogue.