Education and talent development are key to the unlocking of the potential in our children. We want to enable them to get stable jobs in the future, despite the high unemployment rates. In addition, we want them to grow into leaders of integrity who positively impact the lives of others.
Siyathuthuka Creche and Preschool is run by Lillian Mokoatle and has about 280 children attending. We have helped rebuild parts of the crèche, supplied 4 prefab classrooms and provided much needed educational equipment and supplies. Our involvement depends on the availability and skills of volunteers. We spend time with the teachers (e.g. helping with curriculum), pre-schoolers (doing educational games, occupational therapy with those struggling etc) and the babies (playing with them as the teacher-pupil ratio is not conducive to the teacher doing this).
We run a Maths Club every Friday afternoon with our Grade R-12 Special Stars (orphans) with approximately 100 children. Maths averages in the schools nearby are below 30%! We are working with our children to improve these marks and build relationships with them at the same time. We have a number of helpers involved, including learners from schools in Durban. We have also had a number of exchange students from overseas visiting and telling more about their countries- pictures of snow and strange foods are their highlights!
Advantage Learn sponsors a tablet support programme for our high-school children, as well as a part-time administrator. High school children meet every afternoon to work through online maths programmes. This has made a significant difference to their learning.
Two of our Maths Club girls have been awarded bursaries to Inanda Seminary, a girls' private school, due to their maths results. The project is paying for the costs not covered by the bursary. We are identifying other top achievers to put forward for bursaries. The project will then financially assist these students.
Through the provision of study guides, text books and helping to finance extra lessons we support our Special Starts in their matric preparation. Matric study groups meet at Siyathuthuka in the evenings to study.
Our programmes for our school leavers focus on tertiary studies, training and skills development with linkages to jobs. This area of the project has grown immensely.
Future plans include: