We have been involved with 5 schools since we arrived in the area in 2012, working with children from grade R through to matric. We want to see children finishing school and not dropping out. We recognised that the standard of education needed to be uplifted, to this end we introduced various initiatives which have gone a long way in bringing dignity and support to the children, parents and staff.
The schools we assist are mainly Section 20 schools. These schools are fully funded by the provincial government and are not allowed to charge school fees. Classes are huge, the teacher/pupil ratio is skewed, and there is a shortage of suitably qualified teachers. Our focus was originally on supplying schoolchildren with sanitary pads, school shoes and socks. For the last few years however we have been focusing on maths and life skills.
In 2018 We sponsored extra maths lessons for over 200 grade 9 children at a nearby high school. The results were very good. In 2019 we began an entirely new program – the Noah Project . This Noah Project offered over 200 grade 8 learners at a local high school a monitored and evaluated Asian experiential maths program. This program took learners back to grade 4 maths, slotting in the foundation that they missed. Life skills were included. It ran for the duration of 2019. The results were phenomenal. It took place on a Saturday morning. A nutritional supplement, Epap, was given to the children before the start of the lessons.
In 2020 the Noah program will be expanded to a primary school. This time it will include both grade 4 and 5 learners. This too will have maths and a life skills component, as with the last program (see results below Noah Impact Report).
It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.