Resources | After School Game Changer


Please download the After School Game Changer posters to promote After School Programmes in your area. To download, click on the files below:

After School Game Changer Roadmap 2017

Practitioner Code of Conduct Handbook 
An annually updated plan for the After School Game Changer.
A guide on how to enable safe and professional After School Programmes for both learners and practitioners.

Click Here to read the 2017 After School Game Changer Roadmap

Click Here to read the After School Game Changer Practitioner Code of Conduct Handbook  

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From surviving to thriving: A handbook for nurturing learners’ social and emotional well-being in after-school programmes               

The role of an After School Practitioner comes with a lot of responsibility, but with the right tools and support, you have the opportunity

to influence learners’ development – giving them a better chance for healthier, happier lives.

Click Here to read "From surviving to thriving: A handbook for nurturing learners’ social and emotional well-being in after-school programmes"

How can we close South Africa's education gap? A review of the After School Sector in the Western Cape

This review looks at the various stakeholders in After School Programmes and what these programmes meant to them in order to close

the educational and gap whilst creating opportunity and a more well-rounded learner.

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Click Here to read "How can we close South Africa's education gap? A review of the After School Sector in the Western Cape"

Sport Coaching Excellence in After School Programming: Articles

In 2017 the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, in partnership with the After School Game Changer, launched a new addition the Western Cape Provincial Sport Awards, aimed at recognising sport coaching excellence in After School Programmes.


Please read below to find out more about the Gold winner, Grace Mapfumo from Ocean View in Cape Town.


Please read below to find out more about the Gold winner, Danritch Booysen from Maskam Primary School on the West Coast, and the finalists, Meeka'eel Abrahams and Thembekile Bulo.

NGO Community of Practice: Learning Briefs

The Learning Trust, in partnership with the Western Cape Government, holds three Community of Practice events a year. These events are aimed at connecting stakeholders and improving overall coordination and impact of the extended education sector. For more information on the COPs and to join the next event please contact The Learning Trust at




2017 After School Symposium: Learning Briefs

Five learning briefs were created to consolidate the discussions emerging from the inspiring two-day event. 

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Learning Brief 1: The Why of After School Programmes

Expanding access to quality After School Programmes is one of the Western Cape Government's six Game Changer projects. By 2019, the goal is to get 112 000 learners in no- and low- schools regularly attending quality, comprehensive After School Programmes. Click Here to read Learning Brief 1. 

Learning Brief 3: Monitoring and Evaluation

It’s important to understand that quality in an After School programmes must track the positive impact that they have on learner's educational and personal outcomes. Click Here to read Learning Brief 3.

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Learning Brief 2: The 4 pillars of after school programmes

After School Programmes are conceptualised as being supported by four central pillars. These are academic and eLearning, sport and recreation, arts and culture, and life skills. Click Here to read Learning Brief 2.


Learning Brief 4: Innovations in After School Programmes

Many organisations already have creative an innovative ways of dealing with a range of challenges. These involve keeping learners incentivised to participate in programmes, getting parental buy in and support for After School Programmes, making learning fun, and working with learners who come from difficult circumstances. Click Here to read Learning Brief 4.

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Learning Brief 5: After School Game Changer

Map community resources and use After School Programmes to bring into the school, including parents. Use opportunities provided by the After School sector to empower the broader community/create champions for the After School space. Use After School Practitioners and others to market after school programming in communities. Click Here to read Learning Brief 5.

Leadership Excellence Award Winners: Case Study Articles

The Leadership Excellence Award in After School Programming is a special Ministerial award of the Western Cape Education Department and the After School Programme Office. This award is intended to recognise school principals' leadership in building a culture of after school programming within their school community.

2018 Gold Award Winner: Mr Terence Adams, Grosvenor Primary School, Atlantis

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All learners are searching for something that makes them feel unique and special, that helps them identify their abilities and potential so they can try realise them,’ says Terence Adams, Principal of Atlantis institution Grosvenor Primary School and winner of the 2018 Leadership Excellence Award in After-School Programming. Mr Adams is a committed Atlantis man. He grew up there. He attended Avondale Primary School and Atlantis Secondary School. He taught at Saxonsea Secondary School, then at Reygersdal Primary School. He says it’s because he’s so rooted in this community that he knows its problems, but can also see its potential. The ASP has made a big difference to school results, says Mr Adams. The school offers 19 extra-curricular activities. How does it do this without exhausting the staff? This is where Mr Adams negotiation skills have really paid off. He doesn’t expect staff to do all the extra work; the after-school programme is run primarily by outsiders.

This is exactly why the programme has been successful, and Principal Terence Adams of Grosvenor Primary School was chosen for last year’s Leadership Excellence Award in After-School Programming.

Click Here to read more about Mr Adams and the ASP at Grosvenor PS. 

2017 Gold Award Winner: Mr Roy van Rooyen, Rietenbosch Primary School, Cloetesville

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Located in Cloetesville, Rietenbosch Primary School serves some of the most vulnerable and poorest communities in Stellenbosch. This does not mean that the school’s learners receive fewer opportunities than their wealthier peers. The school’s policy is that no learner should be excluded from opportunities created for them. According to Mr Patrick Kannemeyer, Chairperson of the School Governing Body, “The management of the school and especially the principal, are prepared to enter into partnerships to offer these opportunities to learners.” Partners include Stellenbosch University and a host of other valuable contributors.

“Lead by example”, is the principal’s motto. The school offers a variety of after school activities, including sport, arts and culture, life skills and academic support. Van Rooyen truly does lead by example when it comes to sport – he acts as an official at athletics meetings as well as a referee for mini cricket and mini rugby.

Click Here to read about Mr van Rooyen and the ASP at Rietenbosch PS.

2016 Gold Award Winner: Mr Angus Duffett, Silikamva High School, Hout Bay

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Mr Duffett runs an exceptional after school programme at his school that is part of the fabric of the schools' operations. The school expects all of its 21 staff to provide after school activities, creating a culture of expanded education. This dedicated teacher support is enriched by the MOD centre and eight other NGOs towards offering 30 different activities in athletic, sport cultural, artistic, academic, and life skills. It is mandatory for learners to attend a minimum of two ASP activities.

Silikamva leadership believes that ASP are part of developing each individual's talents and potential and develops healthy values, choices and leadership development. Throughout the year learners efforts and achievements in the ASP are recognised and rewarded.

Click Here to read more about Mr Duffett and the ASP at Silikamva HS 

2016 Silver Award Winner: Mr Wandred Theunis, De Rust Futura Academy, Grabouw 

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The Principal is a key driver of the ASP believing it is part of his educational offering. As a result of this advocacy, attendance has increased from 167 in 2014 to 267 learners in 2016. 

The programme provides quality safe care, nutritious meals, life skills (Study methods, entrepreneurship, community projects), academic support (CAMI maths, business studies, numeracy and literacy eLearning and face to face programmes), arts and cultural activities (Rock band, marimba, choir, drama and indigenous games) and physical development programmes (Rugby 7’s boys and girls, cricket, tennis, netball). The programme is in part funded by DSD Partial Care and in part via partnerships with WI ladies, GECKO, IGNITE, Click Foundation and the Rural Art Project. 

Click Here to read more about Mr Theunis and the ASP at De Rust Futura Academy

2016 Bronze Award Winner: Mr Faseeg Manie, Lavender Hill High School, Lavender Hill

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The school has a MOD centre which offers athletics, softball, rugby, soccer, cycling, singing, and dancing. Grades 10 and 11 also get homework support. The school employs a social worker to support learners and address psycho- social needs.

A few years ago the school partnered with Virgin Active and now has a functioning gym which is used by sports teams and in Life Orientation classes. The centre also has a partnership with Wynberg Rotary and the Bicycle Empowerment Network plus a range of private sector groups who have provided support to develop and maintain facilities.

Click Here to read more about Mr Manie and the ASP at Lavender Hill High School