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Educated Africans educate South African children

Educated African refugees are assisting a large number of children in Cape Town’s underprivileged towns and cities to master science and mathematics, as a result of an educational initiative referred to as Leap.

Every weekend approximately 800 students ranging from Grades 10 to 12 go to the southern suburb of Pinelands for tutoring in these subject areas. On weekday afternoons, tutors visit Leap Learning Centres within the townships to work alongside as much as 840 Grade 8 and 9 children from 12 educational institutions in Cape Town’s disadvantaged suburbs.

Each of these centres are actually an outreach project managed and operated by the Leap Science and Maths School, the purpose is to completely transform educationally disadvantaged local communities. You can find 58 tutors carrying out work at the centres, 10% of whom happen to be South African. The others are a diversified combination coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

The project along with Leap School were set up at the same time in 2004.

In the beginning tutors signed up with the program on an unpaid voluntary basis. In a matter of a couple of months Leap founder John Gilmour ended up being overcome as a result of the tutors’ commitment and competency, and consequently decided to source suitable investment. The tutors at this moment take home a minimal daily stipend of R110 (US$16).

For the reason that mathematics and science in many cases are regarded as challenging, pupils frequently select less difficult subject areas in order to avoid jeopardising their matric exemptions. Unfortunately without having these particular subjects, pupils’ options available for tertiary study tend to be significantly restricted.

Pupils participating in the Saturday morning program are generally thankful for the supplemental help and support.

“They teach you a lot better than our regular teachers. If you do not fully understand, they try to find out from you just what you are having difficulties with,” said Asemahle Mlanga, a 17-year-old pupil coming from the close by seaside resort town of Strand.


Phaphama Maoblo, also in Grade 11, remarked, “My test results have actually improved very well. There’s no doubt that they are a great benefit to South African children.”

“I think it is intriguing that there exists this many students who happen to be desperate when it comes to a quality education, and will definitely invest their own personal financial resources and time to come here on Saturday,” said Mark Medema, president of Washington DC-based NGO EdVillage, as he observed a Saturday class. “I really don’t believe this occurs in the US.”


Amazing advantages for everyone

South Africa’s public education system is hindered due to the absence or unavailability of qualified and competent teachers, making the contribution of these educated people from other countries incredibly beneficial.

The tutoring program has not simply helped pupils but has additionally been crucial in assisting refugees to be able to integrate into South Africa.

Sammy Ntumba, head of the Leap Learning Centre Project, left the DRC in 2003 to come to South Africa. He got here accompanied by a degree in chemical engineering and metallurgy, unfortunately his qualification was not accepted in this country.

Ntumba commenced postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), but found it necessary to discover a way of sustaining himself, in addition to financing his studies. His very first job had been handing out advertising flyers at a traffic light. Shortly after, he found employment as a night security guard within an affluent Cape Town suburb. It had been tedious and exhausting work and he ended up becoming more and more disheartened and discouraged as a result of the absence of stimulation.

In 2004, he noticed an advert at UCT for volunteer tutors in township learning centres. Seven years later, the programme has taken his personal life in a completely new direction. He has had the opportunity to bring his wife and son to reside with him in South Africa, and has made a decision to carry on with a profession in social development, as opposed to engineering.

According to Ntumba, “We are unquestionably educated. It is especially essential to transfer that to others. If I don’t do it, I will die with that knowledge. It is not costing us gold and silver, it costs nothing, rather it is actually an important thing that we are carrying out.”

Ntumba’s account echos that of a large number of his fellow workers at Leap. Most have had the opportunity to abandon their security jobs, complete their studies and commence earning a living with South African companies, and in some cases, educational institutions.



Dr Zelo Mangombo, also from the DRC, arrived in South Africa in 2000 having a degree in education, along with honours in chemistry. Last year he managed to obtain his doctorate in chemistry at the University of the Western Cape.

Despite having his new qualifications and skills, Mangombo keeps on working and teaching at Leap. “Since I have been here I have observed superb improvements,” he said. “Typically the children are receptive and ready to learn. They happen to be committed to their work.”


Quality education for disadvantaged pupils

When Leap training first became available and opened its doors in 2004, it accepted 72 Grade 11 and 12 pupils. It presently has four campuses, two in the Western Cape in Langa and Gugulethu, and two in Gauteng in Alexandra and Diepsloot. Each campus has 170 pupils, of whom 69% are girls.

Last year South Africa attained a national matric pass rate of 67.8%. Of those pupils, 23.5% received a university entrance. The national pass rate for science was 48%, and 47% for mathematics.

Leap is without a doubt rendering a considerable contribution to quality education in South Africa. In 2003 merely 55 African language-speaking Western Cape pupils obtained university entrance levels in mathematics and science. This past year, Leap’s 107 Grade 12 pupils accomplished a 98% overall pass rate. Every one of these children wrote mathematics and science, attaining a 98% and 90% pass rate in these subjects respectively. Six pupils received distinctions in mathematics, and also for the very first time, three distinctions were obtained for science.

Three quarters of Leap’s graduates at the moment are pursuing tertiary studies.

Additionally there is a teacher training module for students currently taking their teaching degrees via correspondence. The five-year programme is designed to provide Leap teachers the main benefit of a comprehensive understanding of their particular selected subjects, and improved communication skills to enable them to more effectively interact with their pupils.



Google to assist digitise Nelson Mandela archives

Google has recently presented a R8.6 million grant towards the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory that will assist to preserve and provide unparalleled digital accessibility to an endless number of archival documents, photographs as well as audio-visual materials concerning the life and times of Nelson Mandela.

Google’s grant will be of assistance with regard to expanding the web based Mandela archive and also make it accessible to global audiences, scholars and researchers in the foreseeable future. The web based multimedia archive will comprise of Nelson Mandela’s letters and correspondence with family, comrades and friends, prison diaries along with notes he composed at the time he was leading the discussions that resulted in the termination of apartheid in South Africa.

“All of us are thrilled that Google has come on board to assist and make certain that our Mandela Portal develops into a world class reference point and supply of genuine and reliable information and facts about Madiba,” said Verne Harris, head of the Centre of Memory.

A grant of the identical size has additionally been made to the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre in Cape Town, intended for the documentation and digitisation of Desmond Tutu’s archives as well as an interactive digital learning centre.

Commenting on the initiatives, Luke Mckend, Country Manager for Google South Africa said, “Google would like to help bring the world’s historical heritage online, while the internet provides innovative solutions to preserve, protect and share this information.

“Our grants to the Nelson Mandela Centre and Desmond Tutu Peace Centre is going to assist the progress of new digital archives for South Africa’s history, providing the global public an unparalleled possibility to engage with the historical past of some of the most extraordinary and remarkable leaders of our time.”

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How 1Goal made a difference at the UN

The UN Millennium Development Goals Summit came to a close last week. There’s still a lot to sort through from the negotiations and announcements, but a few key facts are already clear.

Firstly, thanks to your help we have made some important strides towards guaranteeing every child the education they deserve. New pledges from several governments including Australia alongside pledges from the World Bank mean a likely increase in aid to primary education by around $700 million a year for the next 5 years.

Because of what happened last week over 4 million more children could have the opportunity to go to school for the first time. That’s more than the number of primary school children in London, New York and Paris combined – a great result for all of us that have called for action on Education for All this year.

Secondly, it’s clear much more must be done. With too few countries keeping their promises millions of children will still be denied the chance in life that an education brings. Several countries have indicated they will release their plans in a few months time. Our work must go on and we need to use these new announcements to throw down a challenge to other donors to come forward in the coming months.

Lastly, we want to say thank you for your support so far. There’s no doubt that the voices of the millions in the Global Campaign for Education’s 1GOAL campaign were heard — and you made a difference:

On Monday, you helped set the tone for the entire summit. In less than 24 hours, 1GOAL supporters sent in thousands of personal stories and messages calling for urgent action on education. These comments were projected directly onto the wall of our high-level panel, in full view of leading international dignitaries and the global press.

1Goal Ambassador Danielle Lineker

The panel featured inspiring speeches by the likes of former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and 1GOAL co-founder and co-chair Queen Rania of Jordan — but above all it was the passion of 1GOAL’s individual supporters that showed attending dignitaries that the people of the world stand united behind this call.

1GOAL’s youngest ambassador, 12-year old Soweto student Nthabiseng Tshabalala, spoke at multiple events and drew standing ovations wherever she went. Backed by the words of vision and encouragement sent to her by 1GOAL supporters across the globe, Nthabiseng took the call for education straight to the hearts of the world’s most important decision makers.

Nthabiseng Tshabalala

And on Wednesday Nthabiseng and Queen Rania presented the 18 million declarations of support from 1GOAL supporters directly to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. And he promised to do everything possible to encourage the nations of the world to keep the promise of a quality education to every single child.

As part of the Global Campaign for Education, 1GOAL is built on the strength of national campaigns working on the ground in over 100 countries to build support and fight for change. Each one of us should feel proud to be part of this amazing global network of millions of football fans, students, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens who have all come together for 1GOAL. Last week together we proved that when ordinary people combine our voices we can bring a brighter future a little closer for millions of children worldwide.

There’s still much work to do. We can’t sit back and wait until 2015 – we need to target the national, regional and global moments where we can secure the changes needed to achieve education for all. Over the coming months we will be in touch about these opportunities and will face the challenges ahead together knowing we are part of an incredible team.

With deepest appreciation for all you’ve done so far,

The 1GOAL team


1GOAL and Education has changed my life

Hello from South Africa! My name is Nthabiseng Tshabalala and I’m 12 years old, and go to Winnie Ngwekazi Primary School in Soweto, South Africa. It has been a huge honor to work on this issue with all of you. Education has changed my life, and I want every child around the world to have the same chance.

During the World Cup, I had the incredible chance to work with Shakira and 1GOAL. Together, we delivered Education Yellow cards from 1GOAL supporters to world leaders who were meeting here in South Africa.

I thought that meeting was big. But next week, all the leaders in the world are meeting at the United Nations to discuss how to deal with issues like education. So this week I’m travelling with the 1GOAL Campaign to New York City! At the summit, I will talk to world leaders, tell them my story, and ask them to make sure every child has a chance to get an education.

I also know they will listen much more closely if they are hearing from many people at once. So now I am asking you to join me. Imagine you could tell all the world leaders what you wanted them to do about education by 2015. What would you say? What kind of future do you want in 2015?

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I know I’m very young to be speaking to Presidents and Prime Ministers but they are deciding the future. And it is children, like me, who will live in that future. So I think it is important for us to tell them what kind of future we want to live in.

New York City is farther away from home than I’ve ever been. I’ve always wanted to go to America, so I am very excited and but I’m also very nervous. But I know I should go. I know that these leaders are choosing which future I will grow up with.

It could be a future where every child gets to go to school. That way, if you’re good at maths, you can become an engineer. Or if you are good at science, you can become a scientist. We wouldn’t need to worry about going hungry, because everyone would have good jobs that they are good at doing. (I would like to be a writer. Can you tell?)

Or it could be a future where most kids still can’t go to school. So even really smart people can’t find a job, because they never learned anything. In many places like where I grew up, there would be no engineers to build new buildings and no scientists to help cure diseases. And people will go hungry because they cannot find work.

I am hoping that I can encourage the leaders in New York to choose the better future for me and children around the world.

And I am hoping you will write to me about the world you want in 2015. I want to add all of your voices to mine at the United Nations next week. Please write your answer to me right away:

I believe that this way, we don’t have to just wait to see what the future brings. We can choose our own future.

Thank you for being part of 1GOAL. And thank you for fighting for me and all the other children and adults in the world who are denied an education.

Nthabiseng Tshabalala

Nthabiseng Tshabalala

1GOAL Our big chance to score

Can you believe it’s already been 6 weeks since we heard the last World Cup vuvuzela blast?

But for the millions of us who came together for 1GOAL, our big chance to score the right to education for all the world’s children is still ahead. And once again, we need your support to make it happen.

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

Here’s the situation: in just a few short weeks, heads of state from every country in the world will gather in New York City for the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals. 10 years ago, world leaders committed to an ambitious plan to cut global poverty in half by 2015. Now, with only five years left, it’s time to assess how much progress we’ve made, and agree on a plan to finish the job.

If we’ve learned one thing in the last 10 years, it’s this: education beats poverty. That’s why two of the Millennium Development Goals discuss getting all boys and girls into school by 2015. So this upcoming summit is a huge chance to secure commitments from world governments to make this dream a reality — and end poverty once and for all.

1Goal Ambassador Danielle Lineker

But our governments won’t act unless we citizens speak up — and there’s no time to lose.

As we speak, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is working on a plan for the summit that will determine its focus and how ambitious the proposals will be. To make real progress on education, this “Summit Outcome Document” must get it right. And that’s where you come in.

Click here to send a short message to the Secretary General, letting him know that you support quality education for every child — and that you expect education to be a top priority at the Millennium Development Summit.

You’ve probably never been asked to write a UN official to influence the agenda of an upcoming global summit. It may even seem a little strange. But if we really want to make a difference, we can’t wait until the dignitaries land in New York and fill the headlines. We have to speak up now, when the outcome is still wide open for input.

You may not think you have the power to change what the leaders of all the world’s governments discuss or decide. But if we work together, we can achieve anything. You’ve already told us you support education for all when you joined the 1GOAL campaign – please take a moment now to tell the UN Secretary General the same thing. It is a crucial time please simply click below –and sign your name on behalf of those who can’t.

Thanks for making a difference,

The 1GOAL Team