Critical Pedagogy

BottomUp Presents: Education as the Practice of Freedom

This past Wednesday, BottomUp hosted an evening workshop for local school teachers with the title: Critical Pedagogy With guest presenter, Amelia Simone-Herbert leading our time together it was a fun, interactive and thoroughly absorbing and informative time of learning and reflecting together on different aspects of education.   The Presenter Amelia Simone-Herbert is a PhD student […]


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 […]