Why we do this

The quality of education that SA children receive is predetermined by the money in their parent’s pockets. This has resulted in educational inequality in up to 88% of the schools in South Africa, which are no-fee public schools.

While education is a right, the level of this education isn’t guaranteed, despite corporate funding, philanthropic efforts and annual funding from the South African government; which is one the highest rates of educational investment in the world.

This gap in personal growth and frozen economic standing is why we do what we do. We are changing children’s destinies and stopping the cycle of social inequality one classroom at a time.

Due to their financial status, these children endure sub-standard education that denies them dignified employment and undermines their sense of self-worth. In fact, poorer South African students lag far behind much poorer countries in Africa, such as Tanzania, Kenya and Swaziland, placing them at a disadvantage locally and internationally. A child who shows promise in a poorer community will never receive the same opportunity as a child in an affluent school due to a very large inequality gap.

This gap in personal growth and frozen economic standing is why we do what we do. We are changing children’s destinies and stopping the cycle of social inequality one classroom at a time.

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Further reading

  1. South Africa has one of the world’s worst education systems
  2. How collaboration can bring better prospects to children (dgmt.co.za)
  3. Bid to make schools work (heraldlive.co.za)
  4. Op-Ed: Collaboration Schools – Trojan Horse or a Knight in Shining Armour? (dailymaverick.co.za)
  5. Schooling in South Africa: How low-quality education becomes a poverty trap (ci.org *PDF)