Education without Borders has focused its first efforts in South African township schools because problems are significant, including:
Impoverished and overcrowded townships where crime and violence are rife;
Hopelessly overcrowded classes with approximately 50 children per classroom;
A significantly high drop-out rate between Grades 11 and 12, meaning many students do not complete their schooling. Reasons for dropping out include students’ need to earn a living and support their families;
A lack of jobs (approximately 60% unemployment) which means many formerly good students are forced to turn to drugs and/or crime;
Inadequate technical aids and resources for teachers;
Black schools exist in an education system that for years excluded them. During the apartheid era, very few blacks had the opportunity to graduate from high school. Some of the teachers in township schools are still suffering from the effects of this discrimination.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
- Nelson Mendela
To empower disadvantaged and at-risk children around the world by instilling a love of learning through educational opportunities.
Education without Borders provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk children through initiatives in South Africa and Canada, including after-school support programs in Math, English, Science, school leadership and youth mentorship.