Educational Support

The Educational Support project seeks to support strategic renovations for Luntu Educare and aims to enrich the children’s education by providing much needed funding in order to purchase age-appropriate educational toys and teaching supplies.

Project located in Western Cape, South Africa
Project focused on Education & Enrichment

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The Educational Support program reaches out to the community of Philippi, located in the Cape Town area. The community of Philippi often experiences difficulties and barriers to progress including inadequate housing and land, insufficient service provision, limited access to and/or poor quality health care, high unemployment rates, and a number of challenges associated to education and skill development at all ages. These ongoing struggles reflect the disparities that were created between people under the Apartheid regime.

Thousands of residents in these communities do not have access to basic utilities such as water, sewage, electricity or health care. Due to limited resources, schools in these communities greatly struggle to provide children with the resources they need to succeed in their educational career.

The low standard of living in these communities too often means that families and schools are unable to provide children with the adequate tools they need to aid in their physical and mental development. Many children in these communities do not have access to age-appropriate toys and tools to ultimately enable their short and long term development.

Schools aim to equip its students with a safe and nurturing learning environment that will help children to grow and develop into intelligent adults and give them hope for a bright future as an educated individual. Unfortunately due to the nature of the community, these facilities struggle financially and need additional support to provide the children with the resources they need to enrich their education.

There are two distinct phases of the project to better target the needs of the schools.

Phase One of the Educational Support focal project seeks to support strategic renovations for Luntu Educare. These changes work towards a safer learning environment for children and enable the school in their formal registration process. Being able to register the school with the government will enable the provision of funding, which in turn will enhance the quality of education the children receive. It will also give the school assess to forums which will help with skills development and empowerment of the teachers in this facility.

In addition, Phase Two of the project enriches the children’s education by providing much needed funding in order to purchase age-appropriate educational toys and teaching supplies. These resources will equip children with the tools they need for healthy cognitive and physical development. As a part of our commitment to sustainable development, teachers and staff will be able to attend workshops and other training programs which will build their knowledge and capacity as effective educators. Through this approach we aim to equip teachers with the skills they need to enrich the children’s education while also empowering themselves as skilled professionals.

Short Term Impact: Phase One seeks to create a safe and secure learning environment for the children at the school by completing a list of necessary renovations. While Phase Two aims to provide each student with age and development appropriate toys as well as learning tools that will enable well-rounded learning, spark imagination and allow them to become actively involved in their learning process.

Long Term Impact: Phase One strives to ultimately register the school as an educational government facility. As a registered school, the facility will become eligible for government funding which will further improve the children’s education and increase their sustainability. Phase Two aims to provide adequate tools for healthy and holistic child development. When children’s development is supported at a young age, they are well-equipped for their schooling career. Evidence indicates that success in early years translates into success in higher levels of education.

With the aim of making a sustainable change in the lives of the most disadvantaged, we partner with communities whose populations face the complex challenges associated to poverty on a daily basis.

Luntu Educare Centre is located in the community of Philippi, one of the larger townships in the Cape Town area, although the exact population is unknown. This is a very agricultural community, with several large plots of land located outside the community that grow approximately 80% of Cape Town’s produce. As with other settlement communities, residents in Philippi have very limited access to basic utilities such as water, sewage, electricity and health care.

Our work within Philippi helps to shape important sustainable change in the education of the communities’ most vulnerable yet most impactful population, its children.

2014:  Purchase of safety and hygienic items such as baby gates and fire extinguishers.  On average, the children that were assessed could identify 17 numbers out of 20, and 9 of 11 children could identify 20 letters out of sequence. By the end of the year all of the Grade R students could write their names independently!

2015: The fire extinguishers and sleeping mats and the baby gates help to complete the safety renovations and provisions we are providing. These baby gates assist the school in their goal of government registration as it creates a safer environment for the children.

Thanks to a flood of generous donations from Cape Town and beyond, the children now have access to a safe and fun outdoor play area. The sand, rubble, and pipe filled space was transformed in mid 2015, smoothed out and covered in a rubberized softplay made from pressed recycled tyres. This is another necessary step for Luntu to become a government-registered facility. This large undertaking would not have been possible without the generosity of our supporters.

2016: Maintenance checks and updates were completed for fire extinguishers and other necessary safety implements to ensure the school is meeting safety standards. 43% of Grade R students can recognise the numbers 1-10. 20% improvement from the start of the year.