School education in Germany and South Africa: a comparison of education systems.
Munich, 11 January, 2024 – The education systems in South Africa and Germany are as different as the children themselves. The two countries differ significantly when it comes to starting school or the type of school. But what about the level of education or home schooling? Sawabona Africa makes a comparison.
South Africa’s unequal fight for education
Munich, 12 December, 2023 – The apartheid era is almost 30 years old. But the social differences in South Africa’s schools are still glaring and the figures on the quality of education are dramatic. The non-profit organisation Sawabona Africa has compiled the key facts.
Sawabona Africa and PYMA launch third container classroom
Munich, 2 November, 2023 – The non-profit organisation Sawabona Africa has launched a third container classroom together with Phakamani Young Minds Academy (PYMA), an after-school facility for disadvantaged children in Soweto. Containers are a quick and easy solution to give more girls and boys a better life through education.
20. September 2023
Munich, 20 September, 2023 – The motto of this year’s World Children’s Day on 20 September is “Every child needs a future”. The fact is that hundreds of millions of girls and boys are not in school because they are excluded. In South Africa, too, a good education is an unattainable dream for many children. The non-profit organisation Sawabona Africa wants to change this and supports local aid organisations to give young people a future.
19. July 2023
Munich, July 19, 2023 – The Munich-based communications agency PR-COM is now serving Sawabona Africa as a pro bono client. The non-profit organization cares for disadvantaged children in South Africa as well as Lesotho and provides them with access to education. The cooperation covers a wide range of communication measures – from classic PR work to social media activities.
In the last three years, there has been a lot of discussion in Germany about educational equality and equal opportunities. In the process, it has often been overlooked that in many parts of the world children are denied the start to a better life through education. In South Africa, the era of apartheid is now more than 30 years old – yet the social differences in schools are still immanent. 80 percent of all fourth graders cannot read properly and most children and young people leave school without an educational qualification. As a result, two-thirds of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are unemployed and nearly 50 percent of people of color live below the poverty line, according to Amnesty International.
Sawabona Africa – Sawabona stands for the African greeting “I respect you. I value you. You are important to me.” – aims to give disadvantaged children access to a good education. The non-profit organization works locally with carefully selected charitable organizations, which Sawabona Africa helps to raise funds and organize partnerships. The funds are passed on directly to the individual programs of the organizations. To prevent abuse and corruption, Sawabona Africa subjects the charities it supports to a multi-stage due diligence process: This includes a detailed initial screening as well as regular checks after the partnership has been concluded. Currently supported organizations include Bright Start‘s education and mentoring programmes, PYMA (Phakamani Young Minds Academy) after-school education programme in Soweto, Help Lesotho‘s school sponsorship and learning support programme and Uthando (Love), which raises funds for the community through fair trade tourism.
“Thanks to my family environment and my education, all opportunities were open to me. I would like to give something back from that and give South Africans who don’t have those opportunities the chance for a better future,” explains Zilla Stekhoven, founder of Sawabona Africa e.V. A South African-educated lawyer with postgraduate studies in psychology, Stekhoven has worked internationally in many fields, including as a director at adidas in Germany, before founding Sawabona Africa in 2021. “Corruption in South Africa is pervasive and leads to a lot of negative press. At the same time, there is a great willingness to support those who urgently need help. My goal was to create a platform where people could donate to South African charities without hesitation and without any administrative fees being withheld. Together with PR-COM, we want to raise awareness of Sawabona Africa.”
“Good ideas simply deserve to be heard. That’s why we are now supporting Sawabona Africa with customized concepts for successful communications and public relations work,” adds PR-COM Managing Director Alain Blaes. “If a non-profit organization wants to reach more people and thus fulfill its social mission, consulting by experienced experts is important. However, this advice costs money – money that is then missing elsewhere. We look forward to creating pro bono awareness for Sawabona Africa and thus making our contribution to greater educational justice.”
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