As an initiative of the Department of Basic Education (DBE),

E³ has a focus on learner-centred methods of teaching in the existing CAPS curriculum that will better prepare learners to be actively engaged citizens in the future. With the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the world of work is changing rapidly. Many jobs are becoming obsolete and the way businesses now operate requires an adaptation on the part of employees to be able to cope and thrive in these new work environments. In order to survive, people have to be flexible, think creatively and adapt – in other words, have a solution-seeking mindset. As future entrepreneurs and employees, today’s learners need an education that will prepare them for an uncertain and changing future.

Our E3 Logo

Entrepreneurship

Preparing learners with the skills they need to start their own enterprises

Employability

Equipping young people with the skills they need in world of work

Education

Engaging learners in a way that will enable and encourage them to continue with their learning journey

Our Solution

Together with the DBE, the E³ team has identified active learning pedagogies, and Project-Based Learning in particular, as the vehicle to solve the problem of high unemployment and poverty in South Africa. It is imperative that learners develop an entrepreneurial mindset that will unfold their desire to be useful to others (have purpose and agency), believe in themselves (self-efficacy) and develop 21st Century skills to carry out their purpose.

These cannot be learned out of a book – they can only be nurtured and developed through:

  • Experiencing success through iteration,
  • Having a coach or mentoring teacher to encourage their progress,
  • Being exposed to socially relatable role models and,
  • Becoming comfortable with learning from “failure”.

The E3 Team supports the development of Project-Based Learning skills in educators to implement action-led, practical learning that will enable learners to develop the skills they need to excel. This, together with a focus on entrepreneurship, is what we believe will give our learners the tools they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world and reduce poverty and youth unemployment by 90% by 2030. The 21st Century Competencies the learners will develop through this process are:

  • CHARACTER: Citizenship, curiosity and resilience
  • THINKING: Creativity, critical thinking, reasoning
  • CONNECTION: Collaboration, communication, empathy

The E3 Learning Model starts with the inspiration provided by a compelling goal, problem to solve or burning issue. It is this inspiration that provides the fuel for engagement in the learning process. The teachers then create a learning environment that includes engaging and varied pedagogies (such as PBL) and tools to activate the learning. Once the learners embark on the process of acquiring the information they need to solve the problem, they are provided with regular reflection opportunities to think about their choices and learning journeys. This process results in a mindset change that is defined by the increased agency and self-efficacy that the learners begin to develop as they go through this process. The outcomes are the development of a stronger character that results in engaged, curious, resilient citizens. In the process of solution-seeking and iteration the learners develop their ability to think critically, to be creative and reason. Finally they realise the value of connection, collaboration, communication and empathy for their peers as they find solutions that serve them.