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Funza Lushaka


Evaluation of the Funza Lushaka

Funza Lushaka

In October 2013 the DBE in partnership with the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) commissioned an evaluation of the Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme (FLBP).  The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme (FLBP), was established in 2007 as a merit-bursary with the goal of attracting greater numbers of students into initial teacher education (ITE) programmes in South African universities.

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Spelling Bee


Resources for 2017 competition

Spelling Bee

As part of the Read to Lead Campaign, the DBE hosts the DBE Spelling Bee South Africa annually.The National spelling bee championship which targets learners in Grade 4 to 6 is aimed at improving learners' performance in languages, especially in English..

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