Soul Action has a dream, a dream to establish a multi-cultural school. So we thought we would share more about what we are thinking and why…
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Aim: to provide excellent education for every child, where every child is encouraged to reach their potential as they develop physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually – whatever their learning style or background.
Access to education in South Africa is high – with data showing that over 98% of South African children do attend school – however, the data also shows that of those 98% less then 10% qualify for university entrance. Ninety-three percent of South Africa’s children attend government schools (The Department of Basic Education, 2013), where standards are generally low. Research highlights (Modisaotsile, 2012) three key concerns related to the quality of the education provided by government schools:
- the quality of schooling is inferior when comparing government township schools to other schools (p.2)
- learners in black schools receive an average of 3.5 hrs of teaching a day, compared to 6.5 hrs for learners in former white schools (p.4)
- only half of the school population make it to their final year and leave with some level of qualification (p.1)
The low quality of education within South Africa is a real concern. At present the level of education a child receives is directly linked to the amount of money a family can afford to pay for fees (Dr Gallie, 2015). Soul Action believes a different model is needed to change this.
Soul Action is proposing a different model for education, a model where all learners can access an excellent education. A multi-cultural school where fees link to a family’s income. A sliding scale for fees would be used to cover general and staffing costs, meaning that all children within a specific geographical location could access the school and its facilities.
The school will eventually be accessible to children aged from 3 to 18 years. In the initial stages it would start with a class for 3 year olds. In its second year those children would continue to the next class and we would start two new classes for 3 year old’s. Over a 15 year period the school would gradually grow to provide pre-school, primary and high school education.
For the past 20 years Soul Action has worked within the education sector, both in the UK and South Africa. Rachel Bowyer is an experienced teacher, trainer and mentor with an MA in Education, a BEd Honours Degree in Music and Math and a qualification to teach adults and children with Specific Learning Difficulties. For the past seven years Rachel has invested time and energy into developing Soul Action’s Education Program so that children can develop appropriate language skills to be able to read and write.
How you can Partner:
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In order to start the school, land, buildings, professional services and resources will be required. We are looking for people who are willing to partner with us to transform education in South Africa. To find out how to support this exciting initiative financially click here. If you would like any further information please contact us using the proforma on the left.