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What percentage of 4 to 5-year-old children in Early Learning Programmes in South Africa are thriving?

Children who start school on track are more likely to stay on track and to lead healthy and productive lives.

The Thrive by Five Index is South Africa’s first nationally representative survey of preschool children. It provides authoritative data that will be used to galvanise action and drive change, to ensure that all children have the opportunity to thrive by five. The best way to shape a positive future for South Africa is to harness the full potential of every child.

We invite you to draw inspiration and insights from the data and use this to drive change wherever you have influence - your home, your place of work, your community and beyond.

For the first time, we have a way to measure whether South Africa’s children are thriving by five. Watch how.


What Our Partners Say


  • We are standing at a point where we can do something to influence the way our children are enabled during their early years. It is widely proven that early learning shapes a child's capacity to learn as well as their prospects for a meaningful future. This Index offers sound data to craft policies and solutions that provide a stronger chance of success when coupled with much-needed dedication and resources.
    Sipho Silinda
    CEO: FNB Public Sector
  • The Thrive by Five Index shows us the quality of ECD provisioning in 2021 and will enable us to track our progress in providing integrated services that lead to improved child outcomes in the next 10 years.
    Kulula Manona
    Director: LTSM and Innovation at the Department of Basic Education
  • Reliable data on child development forms a critical building block for effective early childhood systems. Countries around the world can learn from South Africa’s Thrive by Five Index. It demonstrates the value of developing a sustainable and government-driven strategy to monitor and use data to improve young children’s early learning experiences.
    Dr Abbie Raikes
    Founder: ECD Measure
  • “The U.S. Government, through USAID and our partners Innovation Edge and First National Bank, has a shared vision with the Government of South Africa to address the root causes of socioeconomic disparity.  That vision starts with the education of young people - the youngest in this case. Thrive by Five’s data will provide a framework for the Department of Basic Education to help the next generation of South Africans to thrive in a just and equal society.”
    Andy Karas
    USAID Mission Director

The Thrive By Five Partnership

The Thrive by Five Index is a collaborative effort between the private, public, and non-profit sectors.






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