South Africa has an undiscovered population of talented low-income youth. Some of our brightest young minds are prevented from adding value to our economy because of obstacles that can be easily overcome.
Our Scholarship Programme routes talented students through functional parts of the Western Cape public high school system. The emphasis is on identification of talent, system analysis to determine high value schools for placements, student monitoring and ongoing support of scholarship holders. SAILI pays for fees, uniforms, books and stationery. We also provide workshops and mentoring for subject selection, career selection and transition to tertiary.
The majority of the current cohort of 125 students are female and ultimate trajectories are into top-end tertiary studies with roughly even distribution between commerce, engineering and medical degrees. All our students are from low income families with average family income of under US$160/month. In many cases, they are the first in their family to finish high school and access tertiary education.
Mission and Vision
Intelligence, talent, motivation, nobility, and grit are distributed across the entire economic spectrum of South Africa's youth.
In an increasingly global marketplace, South Africa will not continue to prosper unless we make best use of the latent talent brimming within our borders. A key focus area for SAILI is assisting students in the fields of science, maths, engineering and technology as a pre-requisite for tertiary studies in accounting, engineering, medicine, science and technology.
SAILI students are selected for their proven academic ability. For approximately US$1,300 per year we can give these talented young people access to education that their family would not otherwise be able to afford. Selection takes place at the end of primary school, at the point of natural school transition. With a successful high school education our students will be able to go on to university and a career that will help break the cycle of poverty in their families.
What SAILI Provides:
• Pays: high school acceptance fees and school fees, compulsory textbooks and stationery, contributes to uniform costs, assists with tutoring if required
• Facilitates: educational outings with a maths/ science focus, learning-support workshops covering topics such as study skills and career planning
• Offers: a comprehensive and individual support framework for academic and psychosocial needs, with regular contact with all students and parents.
Our Student’s Responsibilities:
• Apply to our recommended high schools and gain acceptance.
• Maintain their mark average over 60%
• Take Maths and Physics and pass these with at least 60%
• Submit their reports each term to SAILI for monitoring
• Participate in SAILI outings and workshops each term
SAILI has strong relationships with functional,high performing government schools.We don't fund scholarships in private schools as often this is not necessarily in the best interests of our students.Our programme seeks to maximise the number of students placed and favours schools that offer value for money either through low fees or fee discounts.
We focus heavily on developing young people in the science, technology, engineering and maths fields so that they can study in the fields of accounting, engineering, medicine, science and technology;key areas that require development and investment in South Africa.
Our pass rates for maths and science have continued to improve along with our Bachelor pass rate.In 2018, our 22 Grade 12 students gained a 65% average for maths and physics and an overall average of 72%.They collected 55 distinctions between them.
We also work with our scholars to help with resilience,self-leadership,reflective learning and taking responsibility for problems.
Planned Goals and Milestones
We would like to continue to expand the programme in both geographic reach and diversity. With increased funding support, SAILI can offer additional scholarships to students who have the ability to progress into tertiary education with the right support. We would also like to increase our number of partnership schools in the Western Cape to so that we can serve further disadvantaged communities.