To empower disadvantaged and at-risk children around the world by instilling a love of learning through educational opportunities.
To provide educational opportunities in South Africa (and Canada) for disadvantaged and at-risk children. This includes after school programs in mathematics, science, English, school leadership, and youth mentorship.
Education without Borders (EwB) has provided after-school education and mentorship to youth from disadvantaged communities in South Africa since 2002. EwB enriches education offered at selected under-resourced schools with supplementary mathematics, English, science and leadership programs. These programs expand students' future career and job opportunities, helping strengthen their families and communities and break the cycle of poverty. The outcomes of the program are closely monitored, and there are many anecdotal reports of increased student engagement in the program as well as overall improvements in post school education.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
- Nelson Mandela
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; and
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.