On being kicked out: Democratic governance of SA Schools is a myth.

*The following blog was originally posted by Ashley Visagie (Bottomup co-founder) as reflections on difficult engagements with a partner school. Democratic governance of South African schools is a myth. In the second term of 2018, Bottomup was ejected from Grassdale High School (in Grassy Park). Our student Action Research Committee (an opt-in programme) and Representative […]


School Data Woes

Dear MEC Debbie Schafer In the past month our organisation has been involved in grassroots level research, attempting to understand how our partner school sites manage school data. What we learned has been both a pleasant surprise and a great tragedy. Every school is required to do reporting concerning attendance, performance and enrolment data on […]


What’s happening

Dear Friends of Bottomup In the past month, Bottomup has had some really exciting interactions with students and teachers at our partner schools. Here are some of the highlights: We launched the Bottomup Teacher Workshop Series on “Inclusion and Diversity” – presented by Rose-Anne Lawrence Reynolds (UCT Phd. candidate & former Head of Inclusion at Pinelands […]

Bottomup Arts & Activism

South Africa has a long history of combining art and activism, from wearing black sashes as a sign of mourning (mourning a corrupt apartheid regime) to Desmond Tutu’s purple robes, symbolic of the Purple Rain protest of 1989. It is Miriam Makeba’s “Aluta Continua” which reminds us of the struggle that continues, while Abdullah Ibrahim’s […]


Chess Success

Each year Bottomup’s chess initiative continues to grow and gain momentum. Growth in the chess project is always exciting because it helps children (and teens) to develop a healthy self-concept and self-esteem and teaches them to problem-solve instead of acting impulsively. This year kids in our programme have already achieved the following: Mia (u9) – Western […]