Why does African Angels matter?
Poverty touches every aspect of a child’s life. In South Africa the educational system, with low-quality education for poor children as a legacy of apartheid, is one of the key mechanisms through which an unequal society replicates itself.
The low quality of education for poorer learners helps drive a cycle of poverty where children inherit their parents‘ social standing, irrespective of the own abilities or effort.
Low-quality education eventually becomes a poverty trap for poor children in South Africa, which make up 75 to 80 percent of learners.
The 2016 PIRLS results were released finding that 8 out of every 10 South African Grade 4 children cannot read for meaning. Yes. You read correctly. 8 out of 10 children cannot read for meaning. This is not a typographical error.
Where 75% - 80% of learners in the country are relegated to low quality education, because they cannot afford quality, the cycle of poverty continues.
Children who cannot read, cannot grow into adults who participate in a democracy.
African Angels is a dynamic non-profit organisation who run a school - the African Angels Independent School. We believe that providing quality education to financially disadvantaged children is the most effective way to drive social and economic change in South Africa.
African Angels steps in as the only chance for socioeconomically disadvantaged children in the rural Chintsa region in the Eastern Cape, to access quality primary school education.
For themselves. For their families. For South Africa.
Your support of African Angels gives our children a future. Thank you.
The Angels and their teachers are now taking a well earned break and we hope that you are too. Our school is closed until the second week of January, and we are busy doing maintenance, and preparing to welcome 134 children back in 2018.
We have had a remarkable year of achievements at the school, and say farewell to our first graduating Grade 7 class as they go onto their high school careers. Our end of year prize giving had a traditional Xhosa theme and it was a joyous occasion.
From all of us at the school we wish you safe and happy holidays and we'll be in touch in 2018.
Love from Lou and the Angels.
Hello Visual Art supporters!
We posted some time ago about little Owethu, whose artwork was sent overseas to represent South Africa. Well she didn't win a prize, but she did receive a certificate, and by her reaction you'd think she had won first prize! We love that all children are winners with art.
The Art for Art exhibition is being held this Saturday 25 November from 5pm - 7pm at the Ballog in Serenbe, Palmetto, Georgia, in the US. Julia Stahlman is the champion of this initiative that will see artwork from children like Owethu exhibited for sale with all proceeds donated to African Angels Visual Arts program at the school. We are very grateful for Julia and her passion for this initiative. The link to the exhibition is here Art for African Exhibition
As we head towards the end of the school year we are saying farewell to our first graduating grade 7 class who are off to high school in 2018. A new chapter in our grade 7's lives, and for our school.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the African Angels.
Lou and the Angels