In South Africa, over 16 million children cannot access quality education, leaving 85% of citizens lacking basic skills & access to meaningful jobs. Free public schools are overcrowded & under-resourced, lacking qualified teachers (68% of grade 6 math teachers exhibit content knowledge below grade 6). 78% of Grade 4 children cannot read for meaning in any language. Market innovations only improve middle-income schools serving <20% of the population, thus perpetuating an unequal, unjust society.
Our school provides a vision for innovative, transformative, cost-effective education for marginalized students in South Africa. It serves as an R&D engine complementary to the state—operating in a similar context but with flexibility to innovate. Our innovations in curriculum, facility design, culture, social strategy, and more have shown promise. Further, our school is part of a broad effort for community revitalization involving an affordable housing developer, local businesses, and the city.
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Our team consists of people with deep educational knowledge (100+ combined years of educational experience) and a wide variety of expertise (including finance, social work, community-building, entrepreneurship, and law) that they bring to building and growing a mission-driven education organisation. Because our staff and students come from similar communities, teachers are deeply familiar with the challenges learners face and can effectively address them while meaningfully relating to learners.
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN AND YOUTH