Building on the findings and results from our 2014-2016 case study, NELI runs two mutually supporting programmes. We provide capacity building in SGBs directly through our School Support Programme while at the same time advocate for a wider understanding of SGB issues through our Research, Networking and Advocacy Programme.

School Support Programme

We provide hands-on capacity-building support to SGBs through workshops and SGB Collectives.


We can provide a variety of training and development workshops for your school's SGB and staff teams. The costs for these sessions are determined on a sliding scale to help all schools access our services. Please contact us for a price list based on your school's financial situation.

Workshops include:

  • SGB Rights & Responsibilities: We discuss what functions your SGB is expected to perform for your school with specific reference to Good Governance and Community Mobilisation [1 session | 2 hours]
  • Reviewing your school's Vision, Mission and Values: We help your SGB and Staff team review and, if necessary, update your current vision statements [1 session | 4.5 hours]
  • Strategic Planning: We help your SGB and Staff team create a 3-5 year strategic plan, based on a Theory of Change process [2 sessions | 4-hours each]
  • School Stakeholder Engagement Planning: We help you create an strategy to broaden and strengthen your school's relationships with all your stakeholders [1 session | 3 hours]
  • Fundraising: We work with your SGB and Fundraising committee members to strengthen your fundraising strategy [1 session | 3 hours]

Should you have other governance or strategy needs, please contact us and we can design a programme specifically for you.



SGBs work in isolation. There are few opportunities for members to connect with one another or to State structures other than through their principals.  In September 2015, we launched a the Broader Woodstock SGB Collective forum. The Collective affords members peer learning experiences, additional training opportunities, as well as the ability to leverage collective resources and escalate problems within their schools to the State. More information on the Collective can be found here.


Research, Networking & Advocacy Programme

Most South Africans have only a very limited understanding of SGBs and what their role is in addressing inequality in education.  There is very little local research, coordinated messaging or advocacy on SGB-related issues. A key element of our strategy is therefore to promote collaboration with and between other education and community initiatives, to best leverage available resources and promote sustainable change.