Altmont Technical High School is situated in the informal settlement of Protea South, Soweto. It is

classified as a Quintile 1 no-fee paying school, meaning it serves an extremely poor community. Although Altmont Technical High School faces many challenges, it also holds the key to lifting our future generations out of poverty as the school emphasizes technical subjects such as IT, Engineering Graphics and Design, Physical and Life Sciences, and Construction to list a few. – over the past five years the average grade 12 pass rate has been 80%, even with its limited infrastructure and resources.
The SAME Foundation has partnered with Altmont Technical High School to provide them with four new modular classrooms to increase learner capacity, establish a new computer lab, and facilitate the introduction of CAT as a formal subject to enhance the level of computer literacy, establishing two dedicated science/ technical laboratories to assist with STEM education, weatherproof shade area for bricklaying and construction lessons and tools and equipment for technical subjects.
Through the increased funding and the evolving project, we had the opportunity to continue development and expand the scope of the project to extract as much benefit from the funding as possible, with this resulting in an increased scope of establishing the Engineering Graphics and Design laboratory with suitable furniture, providing administration computers to support teacher preparation and school administration processes, building concrete pathways to new classrooms, facilitating ad-hoc events to enhance the holistic development of the learners, and rolling out a science support program for teachers.

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Before: Science Laboratory

Lofentse Girls High School in Soweto teaches girls from grades 8 to 12.
In 2018 we had the opportunity to provide the school with infrastructure and resources.
Alongside our donors, we were able to create a massive impact on the lives of young women by providing access to STEM subjects.
Between 2018 and 2019, the SAME Foundation established two new laboratories and ten fully equipped math-focused classrooms. E-learning systems containing learning software were also provided in each classroom.
Continuing through 2019, our Foundation is completing other projects at Lofentse Girls in addition to the previous work.

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Before and After Science Laboratory

Lofentse Girls High School, in Orlando, Soweto is a no-fee paying school, meaning it serves an extremely poor community. The school serves girls from grade 8-12.

In 2018, this school was in need of infrastructure, resources and support. We had an opportunity, alongside our donors, to create a massive impact on the lives of young women and impact their future by providing access to STEM subjects. The science labs and classrooms were not suitable for a conducive learning environment. Between 2018 and 2019, the SAME Foundation established two new science laboratories, and ten fully equipped math-focused classrooms. E-learning systems, which contains learning software were included in every classroom.

Continuing through 2019, our Foundation is completing other projects at Lofentse Girls in addition to the previous work. SAME Foundation plans to complete more maths classrooms, and a science laboratory.

The project at Phembindlela Primary, a school in the Vukuzakhe Township of Mpumalanga, was sponsored by General Electric and Eskom. The primary school needed a new computer centre to assist their learners to start their computer literacy. The school did not have adequate facilities to introduce their young learners to computers beforehand.

Our Foundation worked on this education project throughout the first half of 2019, and officially opened in during Mandela Month in July of 2019.

 The first in this area, the SAME Foundation completed a project at Chief Ampie Mayisa Secondary School in Mpumlanga. This project was entirely funded by one of our donors, who took it upon themselves to give Chief Ampie Mayisa a brand new science laboratory.

The classroom was completely renovated, custom fit with new desks and seating, and then fully resourced with all the equipment needed for the science classes.

Before and After: Classroom

Kameeldrift Primary is a school with incredible culture and discipline, never using the circumstances they find themselves in as an excuse. The school pushes to excel and its 470 learners work hard, but they needed further academic support.

In partnership with SMD, we renovated and equipped two grade 7 classrooms, and a dedicated math classroom. We also provided 190 soccer and rugby kits much to the delight of the learners. We look forward to continuing our partnership with this school.

The Diepsloot Combined School is a no-fee government school that is situated in the heart of Diepsloot, supporting the education needs of an extremely poor community. The school is the educational home of children from grade 1 – 12.

Learners at Diepsloot Combined School will no longer need to imagine science experiments or face overcrowding issues thanks to SC Johnson & Son investing in a fully equipped state-of-the-art science laboratory. Diepsloot Combined School was chosen as the third recipient of SC Johnson & Son’s Science Laboratory Campaign where each year a top-performing disadvantaged school receives a newly-established and fully equipped science laboratory, giving learners and teachers access to the best possible learning resources. The laboratory was unveiled on Friday 20 April 2018 in partnership with SAME Foundation.

Westcon Comstor Sub-Saharan Africa, a subsidiary of the global WestconGroup Inc Africa has also partnered with The SAME Foundation to renovate, rebuild and fully kit a Computer Applied Teaching Lab for the learners of Diepsloot Combined School. The brand new CAT lab was handed over to the school in an official ceremony at Diepsloot on May, 11th, 2018. The new CAT Lab will afford the children the opportunity to write their computer exams, an education requirement from the Department of Education, at their own school and reach their full potential. In the past these exams had to be written at private schools in the area who were willing to accommodate them.

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Sgodiphola High School is a quintile 1 (serving the poorest of the poor) ranked school in Cosmo-City, JHB.

In 2016, SAME Foundation partnered with this school with our education model of adopting-a-community. This means that the Sgodiphola High School is a part of our community project in Como-City – initially along with Tirisano-Mmogo Primary.

In 2018, SAME Foundation again partnered with Sgodiphola to complete another STEM project.

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Diepdale Secondary School is situated in Diepkloof, Soweto. It is a Quintile 1 ranked no-fee school, serving an extremely poor community. Finding from our initial research into the school showed that while the overall pass rate is 81%, the pass rate in science was poor at 64%. This means that four in 10 children were failing at science. Upon inspection, we found that the laboratory was non-functional and in a very poor state. This school was in dire need of infrastructure, resources and support. We also learned that their grade 12 Physical Science and Maths pass rates were 29% and 24% respectively, and that 35% of grade 12 learners were progressed. This means that even though they didn’t achieve pass marks, they were pushed through the system. These children were not equipped to study at tertiary level, or cope adequately after school. 

In 2017, thanks to donor partners Fluor and the SABC, we completely renovated and equipped a state-of-the-art science laboratory with an e-learning system. In 2018, the Foundation successfully completed two science labs, an innovation centre, nine maths-focused classrooms, a security entrance gate upgrade, and ceiling replacements.

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The second beneficiary of the SAME Foundation/SC Johnson Mr. Muscle science laboratory campaign was Cosmo City West Primary. This primary school initially started focused on Grade 1-3, but influx into the community and an ever-increasing demand meant that the school had to be gradually expanded to serve from grade R to 7.

The laboratory has been established to give these children from grades 4-7 access to a room that has all the resources they need to learn Maths and natural sciences effectively. This gives them a great platform in Primary School to be able to not only cope, but to do well at high school level.

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Blair Atholl Primary School is situated in the Lanseria Area and is a non-school-fee paying school that is subsidised by the Gauteng Department of Education and relies heavily on donations as this school serves a very poor community, where students from grades 1 – 7 come from homes where their parents are unemployed or employed in labour positions on rural farms and businesses.

In 2017, The SAME Foundation approached the school to help assist them with a stormwater drainage system and improving their paving as well as providing them with a whole new classroom to help the children at the school learn better.

Lethabong Secondary School is situated in the township of Shoshanguve, north Gauteng. This school is exceptionally well kept and managed, however, the learners and teachers were not equipped with science resources and equipment and this started to reflect in their marks.

Due to funding from SC Johnson, the SAME Foundation was able to expand the strategic science program to Lethabong Secondary. SC Johnson Science Laboratories will be opened throughout the region, benefiting thousands of children.

SAME Foundation’s objective for the science program was to; increase the pass rate in science, increase uptake of science subjects, enable the overall pass rate to be a true reflection of the children’s upskill and empower teachers.

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The third school of our Cosmo City Schools upliftment program (after Tirisano Primary and Sgodiphola Secondary) is Cosmo Secondary. Also a quintile 1 ranked school, this upliftment campaign has a community-focused approach, so that all children in this community can benefit from grade R through to Matric, leaving a long-lasting impact on the Cosmo City community.

SAME Foundation renovated and filled two fully equipped and revitalised science laboratories – one for Physical Science and the other for Life Science. The Foundation also established a computer LAB. These state-of-the-art rooms were equipped with interactive whiteboard learning technology, and with curriculum-aligned software. Teachers underwent training on these systems and were issued certificates once training was complete. The SAME Foundation commits to continually assist our beneficiaries to ensure their training and support needs are met.

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This school is in Cosmo City (JHB) and is a Quintile 1 ranked school, meaning that it is a no-fee school. Quintile 1 schools serve the poorest communities in South Africa where poverty is rife. Because of this, the children are fed daily meals through on-site feeding schemes. This is often the only meal they have. As of 2016, 1061 learners attended Tirisano-Mmogo Primary School, from grades 4-7.

Tirisano – Mmogo Primary School had a major problem with security and therefore was open to frequent vandalism. There was no library, science laboratory, or computer centre, meaning that the children were not being exposed to effective learning as they should. Other problems, including broken windows, exposed wiring, broken infrastructure and a lack of learning equipment, needed renovations.

For the first phase of the project, the Foundation installed a 24 hour security system with armed response, as well as fully renovating, developing and equipping a computer centre with 47 computers, science laboratory, library, a wing of nine grade 7 classrooms and four blocks of learners’ bathrooms. In the first year after the projects’ completion, the grade seven learners pass rate increased by 20%.

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Altmont Technical High School is situated in the informal settlement of Protea South, Soweto. It is

classified as a Quintile 1 no-fee paying school, meaning it serves an extremely poor community. Although Altmont Technical High School faces many challenges, it also holds the key to lifting our future generations out of poverty as the school emphasizes technical subjects such as IT, Engineering Graphics and Design, Physical and Life Sciences, and Construction to list a few. – over the past five years the average grade 12 pass rate has been 80%, even with its limited infrastructure and resources.
The SAME Foundation has partnered with Altmont Technical High School to provide them with four new modular classrooms to increase learner capacity, establish a new computer lab, and facilitate the introduction of CAT as a formal subject to enhance the level of computer literacy, establishing two dedicated science/ technical laboratories to assist with STEM education, weatherproof shade area for bricklaying and construction lessons and tools and equipment for technical subjects.
Through the increased funding and the evolving project, we had the opportunity to continue development and expand the scope of the project to extract as much benefit from the funding as possible, with this resulting in an increased scope of establishing the Engineering Graphics and Design laboratory with suitable furniture, providing administration computers to support teacher preparation and school administration processes, building concrete pathways to new classrooms, facilitating ad-hoc events to enhance the holistic development of the learners, and rolling out a science support program for teachers.

Get Involved

Before: Science Laboratory

Lofentse Girls High School in Soweto teaches girls from grades 8 to 12.
In 2018 we had the opportunity to provide the school with infrastructure and resources.
Alongside our donors, we were able to create a massive impact on the lives of young women by providing access to STEM subjects.
Between 2018 and 2019, the SAME Foundation established two new laboratories and ten fully equipped math-focused classrooms. E-learning systems containing learning software were also provided in each classroom.
Continuing through 2019, our Foundation is completing other projects at Lofentse Girls in addition to the previous work.

Get Involved

Before and After Science Laboratory

Lofentse Girls High School, in Orlando, Soweto is a no-fee paying school, meaning it serves an extremely poor community. The school serves girls from grade 8-12.

In 2018, this school was in need of infrastructure, resources and support. We had an opportunity, alongside our donors, to create a massive impact on the lives of young women and impact their future by providing access to STEM subjects. The science labs and classrooms were not suitable for a conducive learning environment. Between 2018 and 2019, the SAME Foundation established two new science laboratories, and ten fully equipped math-focused classrooms. E-learning systems, which contains learning software were included in every classroom.

Continuing through 2019, our Foundation is completing other projects at Lofentse Girls in addition to the previous work. SAME Foundation plans to complete more maths classrooms, and a science laboratory.

The project at Phembindlela Primary, a school in the Vukuzakhe Township of Mpumalanga, was sponsored by General Electric and Eskom. The primary school needed a new computer centre to assist their learners to start their computer literacy. The school did not have adequate facilities to introduce their young learners to computers beforehand.

Our Foundation worked on this education project throughout the first half of 2019, and officially opened in during Mandela Month in July of 2019.

 The first in this area, the SAME Foundation completed a project at Chief Ampie Mayisa Secondary School in Mpumlanga. This project was entirely funded by one of our donors, who took it upon themselves to give Chief Ampie Mayisa a brand new science laboratory.

The classroom was completely renovated, custom fit with new desks and seating, and then fully resourced with all the equipment needed for the science classes.

Before and After: Classroom

Kameeldrift Primary is a school with incredible culture and discipline, never using the circumstances they find themselves in as an excuse. The school pushes to excel and its 470 learners work hard, but they needed further academic support.

In partnership with SMD, we renovated and equipped two grade 7 classrooms, and a dedicated math classroom. We also provided 190 soccer and rugby kits much to the delight of the learners. We look forward to continuing our partnership with this school.

The Diepsloot Combined School is a no-fee government school that is situated in the heart of Diepsloot, supporting the education needs of an extremely poor community. The school is the educational home of children from grade 1 – 12.

Learners at Diepsloot Combined School will no longer need to imagine science experiments or face overcrowding issues thanks to SC Johnson & Son investing in a fully equipped state-of-the-art science laboratory. Diepsloot Combined School was chosen as the third recipient of SC Johnson & Son’s Science Laboratory Campaign where each year a top-performing disadvantaged school receives a newly-established and fully equipped science laboratory, giving learners and teachers access to the best possible learning resources. The laboratory was unveiled on Friday 20 April 2018 in partnership with SAME Foundation.

Westcon Comstor Sub-Saharan Africa, a subsidiary of the global WestconGroup Inc Africa has also partnered with The SAME Foundation to renovate, rebuild and fully kit a Computer Applied Teaching Lab for the learners of Diepsloot Combined School. The brand new CAT lab was handed over to the school in an official ceremony at Diepsloot on May, 11th, 2018. The new CAT Lab will afford the children the opportunity to write their computer exams, an education requirement from the Department of Education, at their own school and reach their full potential. In the past these exams had to be written at private schools in the area who were willing to accommodate them.

Read More: 

Sgodiphola High School is a quintile 1 (serving the poorest of the poor) ranked school in Cosmo-City, JHB.

In 2016, SAME Foundation partnered with this school with our education model of adopting-a-community. This means that the Sgodiphola High School is a part of our community project in Como-City – initially along with Tirisano-Mmogo Primary.

In 2018, SAME Foundation again partnered with Sgodiphola to complete another STEM project.

Read More: 

Diepdale Secondary School is situated in Diepkloof, Soweto. It is a Quantile 1 ranked no-fee school, serving an extremely poor community. This school has an overall pass rate of 81% and in the science department, there was a poor pass rate of 64%. This means that 4 in 10 children were failing the subject. Upon inspection, The SAME Foundation found that the school had a non-functioning science laboratory in a very poor state. This school was in dire need of infrastructure, resources, and support. The school’s grade 12 Physical Science and Maths pass rates were 29% and 24% respectively and 35% of grade 12 learners were progressed. – this means that even though they didn’t achieve pass marks, they were pushed through the system. These children were not equipped to study at the tertiary level or cope adequately after school.

 

In 2017, with help and thanks to our donor partners Fluor and the SABC, we were able to completely renovate and equip a state-of-the-art science laboratory with an e-learning system, and in 2018, the Foundation successfully completed two science labs, an innovation centre, nine maths focused classrooms, a security entrance gate upgrade, and ceiling replacement.

Read More:

The second beneficiary of the SAME Foundation/SC Johnson Mr. Muscle science laboratory campaign was Cosmo City West Primary. This primary school initially started focused on Grade 1-3, but influx into the community and an ever-increasing demand meant that the school had to be gradually expanded to serve from grade R to 7.

The laboratory has been established to give these children from grades 4-7 access to a room that has all the resources they need to learn maths and natural sciences effectively. This gives them a great platform in Primary School to be able to not only cope, but to do well at high school level.

Read More :

Blair Atholl Primary School is situated in the Lanseria Area and is a non-school-fee paying school that is subsidised by the Gauteng Department of Education and relies heavily on donations as this school serves a very poor community, where students from grades 1 – 7 come from homes where their parents are unemployed or employed in labour positions on rural farms and businesses.

In 2017, The SAME Foundation approached the school to help assist them with a stormwater drainage system and improving their paving as well as providing them with a whole new classroom to help the children at the school learn better.

Lethabong Secondary School is situated in the township of Shoshanguve, north Gauteng. This school is exceptionally well kept and managed, however, the learners and teachers were not equipped with science resources and equipment and this started to reflect in their marks.

Due to funding from SC Johnson, the SAME Foundation was able to expand the strategic science program to Lethabong Secondary. SC Johnson Science Laboratories will be opened throughout the region, benefiting thousands of children.

SAME Foundation’s objective for the science program was to; increase the pass rate in science, increase uptake of science subjects, enable the overall pass rate to be a true reflection of the children’s upskill and empower teachers.

Read More:

The third school of our Cosmo City Schools upliftment program (after Tirisano Primary and Sgodiphola Secondary) is Cosmo Secondary. Also a quintile 1 ranked school, this upliftment campaign has a community-focused approach, so that all children in this community can benefit from grade R through to Matric, leaving a long-lasting impact on the Cosmo City community.

SAME Foundation renovated and filled two fully equipped and revitalised science laboratories – one for Physical Science and the other for Life Science. The Foundation also established a computer LAB. These state-of-the-art rooms were equipped with interactive whiteboard learning technology, and with curriculum-aligned software. Teachers underwent training on these systems and were issued certificates once training was complete. The SAME Foundation commits to continually assist our beneficiaries to ensure their training and support needs are met.

Read More:

This school is in Cosmo City (JHB) and is a Quintile 1 ranked school, meaning that it is a no-fee school. Quintile 1 schools serve the poorest communities in South Africa where poverty is rife. Because of this, the children are fed daily meals through on-site feeding schemes. This is often the only meal they have. As of 2016, 1061 learners attended Tirisano-Mmogo Primary School, from grades 4-7.

Tirisano – Mmogo Primary School had a major problem with security and therefore was open to frequent vandalism. There was no library, science laboratory, or computer centre, meaning that the children were not being exposed to effective learning as they should. Other problems, including broken windows, exposed wiring, broken infrastructure and a lack of learning equipment, needed renovations.

For the first phase of the project, the Foundation installed a 24 hour security system with armed response, as well as fully renovating, developing and equipping a computer centre with 47 computers, science laboratory, library, a wing of nine grade 7 classrooms and four blocks of learners’ bathrooms. In the first year after the projects’ completion, the grade seven learners pass rate increased by 20%.

Read More: