The Sozo Foundation

The Sozo Foundation – Organisation

Country

South Africa

Province(s)

Western Cape

City

Cape Town

Address

Vrygrond avenue, Vrygrond
Muizenberg

Description

Background
The Sozo Foundation Trust is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) and public benefit organisation (PBO - Section 18A) recognised with a BEE certificate, based in the impoverished Cape Flats community of Vrygrond/Capricorn near Muizenberg, Cape Town. The Foundation, established March 2011, creates opportunities for holistic development through various key areas: Youth, Education, Health and Skills.  More details on these projects can be found at www.thesozofoundation.org.za.

Challenges
Social Issues
The community of Vrygrond is rife with gangsterism, crime and young people are often exposed to substance, physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.
Overcrowded Schools & Homes
Local schools are under immense pressure, with classrooms hosting 50 to 60 learners. A common factor in Vrygrond homes is overcrowding, which leaves limited physical space for learners to do their school work.
Poor Role Models
With few opportunities for a better future, combined with poor role models, youth are easily swayed to abuse drugs and alcohol and often enter into a life of gansterism and crime.

Limited Resources
Due to school limitations and community obstacles, 50% of learners in South Africa drop out of school, leaving without any formal education (Statistics South Africa, 2014. Quarterly Labour Force Survey Quarter 2).

Lack of  Academic & Parental Support
South African schools are underperforming, and South Africa’s maths and science education was rated as the worst out of 148 countries (World Economic Forum, 2014. Global Competitiveness Report for 2014–2015). Coupled with this, many parents lack the basic skills to support learners at home.

The Educentre Mission - What We Do 
The Sozo Educentre is the flagship programme of the Sozo Foundation that provides a safe space for high school learners (between the ages of 13 – 18 years) to be equipped and empowered within their own community so as to achieve their full potential. After-school tutoring and academic assistance is offered three days a week, focusing on science and maths for young people at a central accessible venue, the Vrygrond Community Library. The programme provides alternative role models for the youth. These role models are committed to working as mentors and tutors to help grow and develop every individual so that they are able to take responsibility for their own dreams through commitment, perseverance, shared learning, giving back and fun. Our mission is to see every child finish high school successfully and to assist each learner with an opportunity for further education that will lead to a dignified job.
 

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