STRONG SCHOOLS

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

In every community where we work, both primary and high schools need help. These schools are typically under-resourced with less than ideal teacher-pupil ratios. School safety is a huge issue and the threats lie both outside the school fence, as well as within. Where learners are caught up in gangsterism and substance abuse, the danger spills over into the classroom and the playground. Parent involvement is minimal at best and non-existent at worst – and school infrastructure is in desperate need of maintenance.

Despite the fact that education is one of the biggest focus areas of our national budget, these challenges are not yet being addressed effectively. A more extensive – and more thoughtful team effort is needed. Our Strong Schools programme seeks to support, through close collaboration with other role players working in this field, initiatives such as:

  • School safety

  • Food security

  • Curriculum support

  • Infrastructure and maintenance

  • Sport and recreation

  • Parent involvement

  • Access to mentorship

  • Development of teachers

  • Sourcing of donors and funding

FROM NEGLECT TO NURTURE

What does one get when you have a large-but-unloved piece of open land, next to a school with a proactive principal, a community that cares and partners with vision? A beautiful transformation that is already unfolding into one that holds the potential to enrich the...

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SAFE SPACES

Early Childhood Development is one of the ten programmes that forms part of Ranyaka's community transformation model. Over the next few weeks, Neil Cupido, registered Occupational Health and Safety Officer, will be installing fire extinguishers and safety signage at...

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TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG

For us at Ranyaka Community Transformation, the Nedbank-funded Proud of my Town initiative is not a destination, but a journey. As with all journeys, we believe that good company and support make the load so much lighter. For this reason, we encouraged the principals...

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MATHS MATTERS

Too many children are reluctant to take pure maths as a school subject. This can close doors to potential study and career opportunities. Parents and educators need to be encouraging children to break away from the misconception that maths is only for some and not...

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A BOOST FOR CRÈCHE SAFETY IN STELLENBOSCH

Twenty principals from Stellenbosch and surrounds received brand-new fire extinguishers and safety signage for their Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres on Friday. Each classroom in every one of these crèches will now have its own fire extinguisher - helping to...

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CONGRATULATIONS, PRINCIPAL FRANS!

We're jumping for joy with Mr Ronald Frans, the formidable principal of Klapmuts Primary School in the Western Cape. Mr Frans received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to nation building and shaping society at the 19th Annual National Teaching...

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