Innovations in Education Help Poor Children In South Africa

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Robin Dixon says that the educational system in South Africa has improved little for the nation’s poor black students in the 18 years since the end of apartheid. Recently, a national assessment of 7 million students showed that ninth-graders received an average mark of 13 percent for math. Last year, the World Economic Forum ranked South Africa 132 among 144 countries in primary school education and 143 in math and science.

During apartheid, blacks in townships and rural areas were denied education. Today, although the educational system has been expanded, it has fallen short of needs. An important component of Aid for Africa’s work is education. A number of Aid for Africa members are working to improved education for the poor in South Africa. Poor education results have a number of causes, including not enough teachers. Teach With Africa works to reverse the shortage of teachers and teaching resources in under-served areas of the country through an innovative exchange program that sends U.S. educators to underserved schools in South Africa to teach and learn. They also partner high-performing schools with schools in underserved townships in order to expand resources and results in poor areas.

Ubuntu Education Fund, based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, takes an integrated approach.They combine educational achievement with free medical services and household assistance like free meals so that orphaned and vulnerable children in disadvantaged townships can succeed. Ubuntu provides educational support through after-school programs that build math and literacy skills and that prepare students for higher education and employment.

Teach With Africa and Ubuntu Education Fund are delivering hope to thousands of South African students who wish to have a meaningful role in the country’s future. Learn more about Aid for Africa members working in South Africa.

Aid for Africa is an alliance of 85 U.S.-based nonprofits and their African partners who help children, families, and communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Aid for Africa’s grassroots programs focus on health, education, economic development, arts & culture, conservation, and wildlife protection in Africa.



Terry V.
Terry V3 years ago


Fiona T.
Past Member 4 years ago

They need our nuturing

Arild Warud
Arild W4 years ago


Elizabeth Hughes
Elizabeth H4 years ago


Mandi Rose
Ama A4 years ago

Looking forward to learning more about Aid For Africa! Thank you.

Jaime  Alexande Alves
Jaime Alves4 years ago

Noted, thanks.!!

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda4 years ago

Good on the NGOs in America. Sometimes it is difficult for people who have been oppressed for so long to lift themselves up by their shoe strings. they need external help to elevate them.
The American NGOs may need to apply their helping methods closer to home, if the GOP succeeds with their cuts.

Elizabeth Sowers
Liz Sowers4 years ago

Thank you robert B. in Switzerland and Patsi H, in South Africa for your information

Aditya n.
Aditya n4 years ago


Heather M
Heather Marv4 years ago

A good education is so important for anybody"s future. Needs to be a priority for any Govt.