Proceeds from Vintage with Love Johannesburg will go to:
THE CLICK FOUNDATION: The Click Foundation was established in response to the education crisis in South Africa. The aim of the Foundation is to innovate and test non-conventional, out of the box, technology-based education solutions and programmes that have potential to scale and meaningfully impact education for individuals.
In January 2012, the Click Foundation began implementing a foundation phase English literacy program called Reading Eggs. Reading Eggs is an online, phonetics-based program that uses reading games, activities, songs, animations and rewards to create a fun and motivational learning experience that supports the initial acquisition of literacy skills. Reading Eggs provides visual and auditory instruction that allows for individualised (i.e. 1 to 1 instruction) and self paced learning while requiring only basic facilitation.
Reading Eggs is an online program developed by the Blake Education literacy team, and supported by the 3P Learning Education Team.
THE LINK: The Link is a Non Profit Organisation which supports the development of literacy and numeracy in children for whom English is a second language, and who attend low income schools in Johannesburg. The organisation was founded in 2010 by Margi Bashall, a teacher, who was inspired by The Shine Centre. It is managed and staffed by volunteers; members of the community who are committed to making a difference in education.
The Link is recognised by Gauteng educational authorities, and has permission to operate during school hours and work with children in Grade 2 and Grade 3 who are identified by valid testing to be at risk of not achieving their potential.
They currently have 9 Link centres operating at schools in Johannesburg, and through their network are reaching approximately 700 children every week.
The Link has approximately 350 committed and signed up volunteers.
COLUMBA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: The core of Columba’s work is with young people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom live in poverty, in child-headed households and in communities beset by HIV/AIDS, limited employment opportunities and poor educational opportunities.
Many of the young people they work with do not believe in their own capacity to make a positive difference in their own lives or in their schools and communities. Columba Leadership works with principals, teachers, local community members and corporate partners to engage young people in a programme of leadership development that elicits and unleashes their latent potential to be agents of positive social change. They are fundamentally committed to the belief that leadership potential is within each individual, especially those who have weathered tough times, and that effective youth development must empower young people by drawing out their inner greatness.
Their programmes place strong emphasis on personal, social and environmental responsibility and draw heavily on the teaching power of lessons from the natural environment.
THE LUNCHBOX FUND: Fostering education via nutrition, The Lunchbox Fund is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing a daily meal for orphaned and vulnerable school children in township and rural areas of South Africa, a country where 65% of all children live in poverty. Receiving food encourages these children to stay in school and obtain their education. When a child stays in school, his or her risk of HIV infection, abuse and unwanted pregnancies is greatly reduced.
Regular lunch programs increase enrollment at schools and reduce truancy rates. Students participating in a school feeding program attend school more frequently than those who do not. Academic performance also improves with test scores increasing in students who have access to a daily meal through a school feeding program.
Today, 19.6% of all children in South Africa are orphans, with approximately 1.9 Million of those children orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS. Unemployment is a severe problem where The Lunchbox Fund works, resulting in many of the students at their partner schools not having access to adequate nutrition or basic health care.
The simple act of providing each child with protein-rich peanut butter sandwiches and a piece of fruit, or hearty soups, stews with vegetables or enriched porridge, makes a substantial difference as it nurtures and encourages each child’s attendance and performance at school. Not only is it often their only guaranteed meal of a day, but children are more likely to attend and stay in school to obtain this basic sustenance.
REALEMA TEACHER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME, ST JOHNS COLLEGE: Teacher shortages in South Africa have reached epidemic levels, affecting not only the quality of education that our country’s children receive, but also their ability to develop to their full potential and follow their dreams. The St John’s-Masibambane Internship Programme offers passionate and dedicated matric learners from Masibambane College in Orange Farm a sponsored teacher’s internship at St John’s College, while studying for a teaching degree at UNISA. The candidates will not only receive academic and financial support, but will also be given the opportunity to gather four years’ invaluable work experience in the classrooms at one of the leading schools in South Africa.
THE THANDULWAZI TRUST MATHS AND SCIENCE ACADEMY: The Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy, is an education programme run by the St Stithians Foundation.
The overall aim of the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy is to actively improve the state of Maths and Science teaching and learning in schools in and around Gauteng, by:
Facilitating the training of new teachers, with special focus on areas of critical shortage, such as Maths and Science; English; and Early Childhood Development (ECD)/ Foundation Phase, through formal training and apprenticeship to Meister Teachers.
Operating a teacher development programme to assist existing teachers in improving their teaching skills and methodologies, particularly in the teaching of Numeracy/Maths, Literacy, Science and Technology.
Providing scholarships to talented learners (from the group described as historically disadvantaged South Africans) who are currently in an environment where they will not be able to optimise their talent, by placing them in schools which have an excellent record of teaching Maths and Science.
Providing teaching support and extra tuition to Grades 10, 11 and 12 learners on Saturday mornings to make up for the suboptimal teaching capacity in many of the schools in under-privileged areas around Johannesburg.
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PARTNERS FOR POSSIBILITY:
Partners for Possibility is a creative solution to South Africa’s education crisis – it is a co-action, co-learning partnership between School Principals and Business Leaders, enabling social cohesion through partnerships, and empowering Principals to become change leaders in their schools and communities. The Partners for Possibility Programme facilitates cross-sectoral reciprocal partnerships between Business, Government and the Social Sector.
Shine Literacy is a non-profit organisation that seeks to create a culture of reading in South African schools, homes, workplaces and communities, thereby improving literacy outcomes for young children from low-income communities. Their vision is a nation of readers. In 2017, their programmes are running in 66 schools in four provinces, providing literacy support to 4500 children every week.
CHIC MAMAS DO CARE:
The vision of Chic Mamas is to support education and build bridges between communities through sustainable fundraising and to promote the spirit of volunteerism. They are “Mamas” who are concerned about the children of South Africa and their future. They are passionate about education and they believe the importance of Early Childhood Development: the opportunity for each child to grow in a safe, stimulating environment.
To this end, Chic Mamas have created a chic, fun and sustainable way of fundraising, to support educational projects in underprivileged areas around the country.
With the help of donor schools, corporates and families, Kidz2Kidz can award classrooms in need with a reading corner resource tat not only encourages children to read from young age, but also enhances the high level of literacy long term.
The Uphawu Community Development initiative was established by Mondeka Mabibini who launched the Fundani Reading Club (‘fundani’ meaning ‘Let’s read!’) for the youth of the Samora Machel informal settlement in Philippi. Improving their reading skills, providing access to literature, and creating a love for reading and a reading culture in these children gives them a sense of self and their place in the world and helps them to complete their formal education.