Very proud boys in their school uniform!
Thank you for the on-going interest in this project!
As I write this I remain blessed to be based in the field and giving you a project update direct from where this valuable initiative is taking such positive effect,
It is worth noting that the name of our project is “Educational Support for Children in South Africa”.
In looking at education in a legal context, under the South African Schools Act of 1996, education is compulsory for all South Africans from the age of seven (grade 1) to age 15, or the completion of grade 9. The Eastern Cape, where we function, is home to 16% of the total school learners nationwide.
However the reality is we continue to battle with children having missed out on vital schooling and struggling to overcome severe educational backlogs. This is in a country where the average number of formal schooling completed by adults is just 6 years, and 40% of secondary school aged learners are out of school, with almost six hundred thousand learners missing out on Primary School and not gaining the educational grounding they desperately need.
Our project is not just about getting children into school; it’s about getting them the necessary, individual, targeted support they require. As a charity, Maranatha Care Children seeks to empower children and young people to fulfill their potential – but the sad reality is that this is not possible without financial support.
Our oldest children are going on to their sixth form “Matric” years (Grade 11/12) IF we can give them the support they require to achieve this goal; in 2011 in the Eastern Cape, whilst almost one hundred and fifty thousand learners were in Grade 10, only seventy thousand made it to Grade 12…such statistics can only be overturned if we take positive action.
In 1995 Nelson Mandela said; “I am confident that South Africa’s youth is more than ready to meet the challenge of freedom. Wherever you are…be assured that we love you all and you shall always remain in our hearts. We are firm in our conviction that you deserve a brighter future”.
Today in 2012, we stand by this vision; a brighter future IS possible.
Thank you for reading this and thank you for your precious support. Please spread the word – the more exposure we receive the more hopeful we are of achieving our goals. As a small charity, every donation helps us just so much!
Harrison Nash (Charity Director – Maranatha Care Children)