In South Africa, a student’s education spans over 13 years, beginning at Grade R (kindergarten) and ending at Grade 12. For 40 years, schools suffered from a poorly managed education structure, reinforced by an unequal apartheid education that segregated races—and robbed many students of opportunities. In 1994, this segregation law was overturned—but, South Africa still struggles to produce high performing schools. The South African education system is in crises with the stats being the worst that we have experienced in previous years. The new pass grade is 35% and no student is allowed to fail twice so they are then pushed up to the next grade with no knowledge of the work needed.
The persistence of an inadequate education has long lasting effects on South Africans and their communities. According to Brand South Africa, illiteracy rates currently stand at 18% for adults over the age of 15, leading to a high rate of unemployment among South Africans. This dilemma is compounded by low participation in higher education, with only 16% of 18-24-year olds being accepted to universities. [i]
Knowing that education and life skill development are the essential ingredient to sustainable developed and poverty reduction, Tomorrow Trust is committed to altering the course of education in our country.
Tomorrow Trust students are influenced by their education from day one. The Tomorrow Trust supports orphaned and vulnerable children to achieve their educational goals, from their earliest years until they are program alumni. Providing holistic support – psycho social and academic – to each student ensures South African youth receive the education they deserve.
We believe in a HAND UP that empowers and emancipates South African youths from poverty, rather than a HAND OUT that keeps them entrenched in charity. Giving them the tools and skills they need to survive and thrive in the 21st century, our graduates are empowered to reach their full potential as self-sustaining and proactive members of society.
Education is the most sustainable option to provide professional opportunities, and to improve socio-economic conditions. Once a Tomorrow Trust student graduates from college, they are fully prepared for a career in their field of study. Providing students with a fulfilling career strengthens their communities and their economy. Graduates go on to support their entire family, bringing parents, siblings, aunts, and uncles out of poverty.
All Tomorrow Trust students are required to give back to younger students and to their community. They learn how their actions can improve their community and bring about a stronger South Africa. As communities become more educated, economies thrive, jobs increase, and poverty rates decline.
Poor education is the root of many societal issues throughout the world. By supporting the Tomorrow Trust, you put faith in South African youth and create the opportunity for students, their families, and their communities to build fulfilling futures.
Funding a South African youth promises them individualized schooling throughout their educational journey, which can bring them and their entire family out of poverty. Helping one student can truly help an entire community.
Our mission is to provide holistic support to Orphaned and Vulnerable children/Youth through their educational journey, enabling them to make choices, and empowering them to reach their full potential as self-sustaining and proactive members of society. We value respect and tolerance, family values, and teamwork. We teach these principles to our students at the same time as we practice them in our every day work.
Our vision is to be the leading NGO making a meaningful and sustainable impact on the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children/youth throughout their educational journey. In advancing this vision, we empower them to reach their full potential while creating strong, thriving communities.