It takes a village to raise a child. So why not be apart of that village? There are so many simple ways you can get involved in helping our youth succeed in life.
Education around the world is recognised as a key instrument in human capital development. The more educated people are, the more likely are their chances for employment, and jobs with good working conditions.
While education is one of the keys to employment, access to quality education is still lacking among the majority of South Africa’s youth. South Africa’s education is deeply unequal. In fact, Amnesty International claims that it is “one of the most unequal school systems in the world” (Feb 2020). This is evident by the fact that children in the top 200 schools achieve more distinctions in Mathematics than children in the next 6,600 schools combined, and of 100 learners that start school in South Africa, 40 will make it to Matric, 30 will pass Matric, and only 14 will go to University.
Through our projects, we aim to address these inequalities by supporting learners from low-income communities who would not have access to these types of academic interventions. Our goal is to ensure that every young person has an equal opportunity to succeed in their education.
What Motivates Us
As a faith-based organisation, our motivation is found in Christ’s commandment to love our neighbour as ourselves. In the book of James, we are taught “Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” (James 2:15-17 NIV).
Young people have many physical needs, the most notable of which is help in their education. We cannot just stand by and hope things come right for them. We, as James encourages, need to act. Our desire for change must be accompanied by action.
Furthermore, John also teaches what love truly is “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:16-18 NIV)
If we have the means to meet a need we should. Meeting a persons practical needs is the greatest form of showing our love, and it’s our honor to play a part in meeting the education needs of the young people we serve in our programs.
Beyond Academic Education
Academic education is certainly important to our development. Anyone who has received a good education looks back with gratitude to the parents, teachers, and mentors who provided that opportunity. But academics are not enough. We also need a spiritual education that teaches us our origins, our value, our purpose and how to behave in this world. Our projects and programs provide this essential part of a young person's education. We don’t want to just teach a child to pass Mathematics, but then fail in life, and we believe passing life can only come through knowing the God who created you.
We currently partner with four schools and one community centre. We work closely with the teachers and facilities to find young people who have fallen behind in their education. These learners are then invited to be part of our programs. Each learner signs a commitment form and is required to attend at least 80% of our tutoring sessions throughout the year.
Our tutoring sessions happen in the afternoons after school. Learners are grouped together by grade and academic proficiency. These groups are no bigger than four learners to one tutor. This enables us to give the learners the necessary individual attention they need.
Absolutely! We’ve had learners entering the program achieving 30 and 40% in Mathematics and Science who are now achieving 70 and 80%. On average our learners achieve 20-30% better marks than their peers.
We exist to serve all young people irrespective of race, religion or gender. We only look at need. If a young person needs help, we are here to provide that. All of our faith-based programs are voluntary. Of course, we would love every young person to be a part of them, but it is ultimately their decision.
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