The NECT was formed in South Africa in July 2013 as a response to the call by the National Development Plan (NDP) for increased collaboration among stakeholders to improve educational outcomes. The work of the NECT is informed by the six themes presented in the Education Collaboration Framework (ECF) which guide its programme design and interventions – professionalising of the teaching service; supporting courageous leadership; improving government capacity; to deliver; improving the resourcing of education; involving parents and communities in education and,; enhancing support for learners and promoting their wellbeing.
The NECT aims to improve the quality of teaching, learning and management of schools as well as the effectiveness of the support and monitoring services provided to schools by district municipalities in South Africa, with a view to replicating the programme and lessons learned during implementation in other districts and provinces. The NECT programme is currently being implemented in eight out of the initial 21 target districts identified for intervention and support. The targeted districts comprise a total of 4362 schools, 66 000 teachers and nearly 2 million learners, and make up 10% of all districts, 18% of schools and 18% of teachers.