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A few facts about South Africa's education crisis

A few facts about South Africa's education crisis

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  • 1.
    • It is almost impossible to overstate the challenges in South Africa’s education system.
    • There are 26 000 schools in SA. 1300 are excellent. 3900 are adequate. 20 800 are dysfunctional – that’s 80%. (adapted from Block, 2009)
    • South Africa is 27 000 teachers short but only producing 5000 teachers each year (which is less than the number of teachers that leave the profession annually)
    • 1.3 million learners start school at the beginning of each year but only 550 000 make it to matric. Of whom, only 68% passed last year.
    • Most of the learners who join IkamvaYouth need to jump
    • at least 2 symbols to be eligible to access decent post-school opportunities
    The Backdrop – SA’s Education Crisis
  • 2. Underachievement -> Unemployment -> Poverty & Inequality
    • Poor access to tertiary education: Only 10% of all South Africans access tertiary education due to poor matric passes
    • 41.6% of 18-24 year olds are not in education, training or employment
    • Inequality: White learners have greater odds of accessing tertiary education than Africans. In 2002 they were twice as likely. In 2007 they were 3 and a half times as likely
    • Matriculants are 30-60% more likely to be formally employed than those who have not reached matric level or did not obtain a bachelor pass (CHET, 2009).
    • Although South Africa's umemployment figures are high, companies are struggling to fill posts and need young black professionals with requisite education levels, skills and self-confidence
    The graph shows the racial inequality persistent in South African education by matric pass rates
  • 3. IkamvaYouth’s Solution
    • IkamvaYouth's innovative and unique approach to the education crisis has been developed, tested and proven in five communities. Learners who access tertiary education become key breadwinners for their families, typically earning at least five times the monthly household income when they joined IkamvaYouth. The additional knock-on effect is that ex-IkamvaYouth learners ensure their siblings and other family members are well educated.
    • The cycle of poverty can be broken in five years.
    • The IkamvaYouth Solution is:
    • Effective with demonstrated impact
    • Sustainable with successful learners returning to volunteer
    • Low Cost through strategic partnerships and volunteer tutors
    • and mentors