Children in township and rural communities are struggling due to a lack of infrastructure and resources. The SAME Foundation is addressing this crisis to ensure that in the coming years, our projects will produce children who have been educated to a level that allows them to reach their full potential. We are currently improving Manyano High School situated in Khayelitsha. This predominantly Xhosa community of around 2.4 million has an unemployment rate of around 73% of which, approximately 70% of them live in shacks.
Although they are challenged with many difficulties, Manyano High has managed to deliver quality education and produce excellent results as is evident in the 2016 grade 12 NCS results where a 90.3% pass rate was obtained. In order for the school to sustain and improve both quality and quantity, the school has to intensify the usage of available technological resources.
The Foundations focus for strategic investment in education is predominantly on Science, Maths and Technology. Science and Maths education in South Africa is currently in a state of crisis. The SAME Foundation is currently working on a science and maths laboratory, computer centre, renovated bathrooms, and upgraded security at the school.
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The SAME Foundation identified Woodlands High School, situated in Mitchells Plain, as the recipient of a new fully equipped Science Lab. Mitchells Plain is believed to be South Africa’s 3rd largest township with a population of over 300 000 people. Woodlands High School has been serving this community for the past 38 years and draws its students from the surrounding areas of Heinz Park, Browns Farm, Klipfontein Mission Station and other surrounding farming areas.
Although the school is a Quintile 5 and the school and charges a small fee, it services an extremely poor community with an unemployment rate of around 40% , and over 70% of the learners come from single parent households. Woodlands High had to remove Physical Science from their curriculum in 2010 as they never had the proper infrastructure or resources to adequately deliver the subject to learners. This is becoming a common problem in our country.
To combat this problem, the Foundation equipped Woodlands High School with a renovated and transformed Physical Science laboratory in 2018.
The SAME Foundation helped to improve ID Mkezi Business, Commerce and Management School situated in Gugulethu, which is a predominantly Xhosa speaking community consisting of around 100 000 people. The community has an unemployment rate of around 40% of which approximately 50% of them live in shacks. This school strives to offer quality teaching and learning to the high school learner population – previously standing at 1245 pupils. Although they are challenged with many difficulties, ID Mkezi High School has managed to deliver quality education and produce excellent results as is evident in the 2016 grade 12 NCS results where a 85% pass rate was obtained, which was an increase of 23% from the previous year.
The SAME Foundation completed a science and maths laboratory, computer centre, and higher security system upgrades by 2018 for this school.
The SAME Foundation, with input, identified Zimasa Community School in Langa, as the recipient of a new fully equipped General Science Lab. The school services an area with a population of over 53 000 people. Zimasa Community School is a Quintile 3 school which is a no fee school and has a feeding scheme which provides pupils with 2 meals per day. The school services an extremely poor community with an unemployment rate of over 70%. Although they are challenged with many difficulties, Zimasa Community School is committed to providing quality education to the pupils. In order for the school to improve both quality and quantity, the school has to intensify the usage of available technological resources.
The Foundation supplied a new state-of-the-art fully equipped Physical Science lab with all the chemicals, resources, and safety equipment needed.
Manzomthombo Secondary School is situated in Mfuleni, which falls part of the Khayelitsha Sub-District. The Mfuleni is a predominantly Xhosa speaking community of which about 40% are unemployed. Manzomthombo is a typical township school – born out of a previously disadvantaged community, poor infrastructure setup (RDP structure), poorly trained educators and learners from a society riddled with social ills. Against all odds, Manzomthombo Senior Secondary School rises above all in striving for quality and excellence, as stated in its motto. This is evident from the continued excellent academic performance across all grades.
The SAME Foundation were able to open the SAME Foundation Science Centre, consisting of four science laboratories, five classrooms, a library, a computer centre, and ablution blocks. Included in this school project was bathroom renovations, security systems, classrooms with Smartboard technology, and repairs and painting.
The Brooklyn Chest Hospital is the only facility that treats XDR TB patients in the Western Cape. It is a 349 bed hospital and consists of 56 paediatric beds which are usually filled to capacity. Over 60% of these patients are HIV positive. Children treated at Brooklyn Chest Hospital can stay there from 6 months to 3 years and are not able to attend normal school.
In 2011, the SAME Foundation proudly opened the new hospital school which educates approximately 30-40 pupils on any given day.