AfrAEdu Launch 25 July 2017
Hidden between the houses in Silvertown, just off Klipfontein Road is Norma Road Primary a state school in Cape Town, Western Cape. Driving through the gate your eye first falls on the big mural on the nearest wall with the words “Our Quest The Best”, the schools motto.
Then you meet Mr. Swartz, Norma Road Primary’s Principal, a gentle giant who is quick to share the achievements of his school’s students, and he knows each student by name.
The school is truly a reflection of a new South Africa with kids from Anthlone, Gugs, Langa and Khayelitsha.
On the 25th July 2017 AfrA Foundation Launched AfrAEdu, through hosting its first motivational engagement with Norma Road Primary School’s Grade 6 and 7 learners. Kirsten Weber and Leila Nefdt, two extraordinary young women, who had to deal with multiple challenges while growing up in the Cape Flats, an area where “you could not distinguish between gunshots and cars backfiring”, as Kirsten put it and “where achieving to honor not only your own goals but honoring the sacrifices of a single mother was a motivating factor”, as Leila put it. They shared their reasons for staying in school and studying further with the learners. This interaction aimed to motivate these learners to stay in school and make the necessary sacrifices required to get an education.
AfrA Foundation aims to launch a tutoring and mentorship programme at Norma Road Primary focussed on engaging Grade 6 and 7 learners, with the goal of reducing dropout rates at school – a phenomenon these learners are all too familiar with.
If you share our vision to engage, develop and educate for the future and want to assist or contribute to the work we do with these learners please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Day 12 August 2017
On Saturday 12 August 2017 UNITE (Scalabrini Centre) partnered with the AfrA Foundation to host their first Career Day. Over 20 career professionals and 7 educational institutions and resource centers were present to share information with attendees. The Career Day was open to the UNITE and Lawrence House youth as well as Scalabrini EAP and Woman’s Platform clients. The day was a great success and people all walked away with valuable career guidance and related information.
AfrA Foundation thanks all the career professionals who offered up their time for such a valuable event. We are particularly grateful to UNITE for partnering with us. Together we make a difference.