Baratang Initiative


Recent work and latest articles

Teacher commitment is key to creating Safe Spaces in Schools

By Baratang Initiative

Baratang Initiatives provide teacher training in Amanzimtoti.


Celebrating life and creating joy through healing arts

By Baratang Initiative

Baratang Initiatives provide training in Mooi River to teachers from a rural school.


Bringing ‘Belly Joy and Brain Joy’ during lockdown

By Baratang Initiative

Baratang Initiatives initiates a feeding scheme with a difference during the lockdown pandemic.


About Baratang

Welcome to Baratang Initiative. We are a dynamic non-profit organisation responding to the crises in South African schools. Our mission is to positively change the face of education by supporting the growth of healthy school communities; addressing trauma and supporting learners to become healthy, caring and capable human beings. We believe that this can be attained by re-establishing uBuntu principles of care, community involvement and the supporting all stake holders, including teachers and parents.

Our field of work

South Africa has one of the highest violence, rape and trauma statistics in the world. Our complex socio-politic and historical context as well as fast paced postmodern lifestyle has led to a traumatised society. Unfortunately children are exposed and negatively affected. This is why we therapeutically work with children and schools as well as providing psycho-educational training for parents and educators to be able to provide ongoing support to learners.


Connect with Baratang

Send one of the Baratang members an email or ask for more insight in the query form on the contact page

The facts


A league table of education systems drawn up in 2015 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), ranks South Africa ‘s education system 75th out of 76.


The latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) had South Africa at or near the bottom of its various rankings. 


A shocking 27% of South African pupils who have attended school for six years cannot read, compared with 4% in Tanzania and 19% in Zimbabwe.

Overall rank

South Africa’s primary-education system was rated 126th out of 138 countries in the World Economic Forum’s 2016-17 Global Report, while its higher-education and training system ranked 134th.

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

—Mother Teresa