In late March 2020, the idea for a rapid survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on South Africa was first conceived by Dr Nic Spaull of Stellenbosch University, together with several researchers from across the country. SALDRU quickly became involved in helping to make this happen and NIDS-CRAM was born.
This article contributes to the literature on COVID-19 learning losses by providing one of the first pieces of evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on learning from a developing country. Early grade reading gains for different cohorts of learners at the same schools in South Africa are compared.
The first pilot of the Basic Package of Support (BPS) programme will be implemented in Atlantis, situated some 70km from Cape Town in the Western Cape, later in 2021. In preparation for the pilot launch, the first site visit was held in March and with further conversations in May and June.