This project aims to transform a middle-school in Khayalitsha, one of South Africa's biggest and poorest townships, into a centre of excellence for Mathematics, Science, English and Computer Studies.
Khayalitsha is a deeply impoverished area, where the crime rate is high, unemployment is widespread and a quarter of the adult population is infected with HIV/AIDS. A third of all children in Khayalitsha do not attend school at all, and there is a critical shortage of good quality matriculants in Maths, Science and Computer Studies emanating from Khayalitsha schools. Without a decent education, these children will struggle to become independent, productive members of society.
The project will improve the facilities at the school by stocking a new school library, as well as providing materials for teachers to use in the classroom. It will also provide materials and training to teachers, and after-hours tutoring to students
A solid grounding in middle-school will allow these learners to achieve their potential at high school, and go on to tertiary education. In the long term, this has the potential to create highly-skilled and employable young people.