This report was created to provide an overview of the education industry in South Africa, tailored to both local and global start-ups that wish to understand the market and need for educational technology (edtech) products and solutions. The aim of the report is to provide invaluable insight into the South African education system, with a specific focus on key institutions, individuals, challenges, and opportunities related to edtech. It provides some useful statistics on the education sector, such as government expenditure on education, the number of edtech start-ups operating in this space as well as the expected value of the edtech market.
Our research highlights the role of government departments, such as the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and South Africa’s many higher education institutions, as well as the key outcomes and initiatives planned for the education sector. Additionally, we explore the challenges faced by edtech companies in South Africa and identify strategic opportunities for collaboration and growth. The report showcases prominent edtech companies operating in the country and emphasises the importance of addressing infrastructure, teacher training, localisation of content, and improved access to ensure effective edtech implementation.
This report emphasises the importance of collaboration and engagement between government institutions, corporations, and edtech start-ups operating in South Africa’s education sector. It provides a snapshot of the edtech industry, looking at the number of start-ups, government spending on healthcare, the projected value of the market and the fact that edtech is the sector that creates the most jobs on average.
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Despite the challenges identified in this report, our research outlines some of the strategic opportunities within South Africa’s edtech ecosystem. It highlights the need for collaboration and engagement between start-ups, private and public education, corporates, and government, emphasising the successful partnerships already established in the education sector. South Africa is recognised as a leader in this regard, with mutually beneficial partnerships between incumbents and new entrants.
This analysis provides a comprehensive overview of the South African education system, highlighting key institutions, outcomes, initiatives, challenges, and opportunities. In conclusion, we believe that education can be greatly improved by creating a supportive environment for implementing educational technology (edtech). This will lead to lower costs for edtech solutions and make education more accessible to everyone.