The recent matric (A Level) results in the Eastern Cape show that work is still to be done to improve the attainment levels of learners in the province. Whilst there was a national pass rate of 64.9% – still the lowest in the country – of the 284,283 who entered Grade 1 in 2002 only 77,602 managed to reach Grade 12. So even making it to the end of your school career still appears to be achievement for many young people in itself.
So we are embracing the opportunity we’ve had, thanks to our education project, to allow our Grade 11 & 12 learners to be transferred to an independent academy where classes are kept to convenient sizes and split in all subjects to ensure the learners obtain thorough tuition and personal attention. This has only been made possible through the financial support we have received but has been worth every cent to see how our older boys flourish in their new school environment…a far cry away from having 50 learners battling for the teachers attention in the classes they used to be in!
And as you will see this project also includes funds for our school uniform purchases. For all the children at the centre at the start of the year this alone came to over £500! But we believe that the kids we support are worth every penny to be able to have that most needed boost of self-esteem and be proud to be attending a school where they can wear their uniform with pride...the photos speak for themselves!
At the youth centre we have been able to compliment these milestones by ensuring that all children are divided up into homework groups for a minimum of an hour each day with a dedicated homework assistant helping no more than 3 children. We have extra math’s sessions with a math’s tutor serving voluntarily, computer sessions for the high school children and dedicated time for study on weekend. Of course this is all combined with a recreational programme including sports to ensure all our children find the balance they need in lives. And so far we cannot be any more proud of these kids achievements!
We are all SO PROUD of these young people and future role models for the next generation! Please continue to support this project...brighter futures are being made possible thanks to your contributions!
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