A non-profit organization based in South Africa, providing support to orphaned and vulnerable children throughout their journey with holistic education-encompassing academics, life skills, self-development and Psycho-Social Support to help balance life aspects on our Students Mental , Physical and Social Wellbeing —thereby empowering them to reach their full potential as self-sustaining and proactive members of the society.
A South African child’s Primary and Secondary education spans over 13 years, beginning at Grade R (Kindergarten) and ending at Grade 12. For 40 years, schools suffered from poorly managed education structures, reinforced by an unequal apartheid education system that segregated races – and robbed many students of opportunities. In 1994, apartheid was abolished – yet, South Africa still struggles to produce high performing schools. The South African education system is in crisis with the statistics being the worst that we have experienced in previous years. The current pass rate in South Africa is 33.3% and a student may only repeat a grade once in any phase (Foundation, Intermediate, Senior, and FET) of their schooling. Students are progressed to the next grades with a poor understanding of subject matter and little preparation for the next grade that they will attend. The persistence of an inadequate education has long-lasting effects on South Africans and their communities. An alarming number of orphaned and vulnerable children are not coping at school or are underachieving academically. This is not only harmful to their already fragile self-esteem, but it is also a deterrent to gaining access to tertiary training facilities and opportunities that would enable them to find employment. The South African education system is continually evolving and this is very challenging to many educators who are unable to cope with the additional pressures. As a result of this, they are demotivated and ill-equipped to academically enhance the lives of the learners they are teaching in school. Many teachers are overwhelmed with the workload and often must teach subjects that they have not been trained in. As a result, the students are put in an unfair situation. English language skills are at an all-time low and this limits their participation in the world. South Africa also has the highest illiteracy and innumeracy rate in Africa.
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.
1. First, we endeavor to find students who are most vulnerable and marginalized, and who therefore have the greatest potential to change the course of their futures. 2. We then evaluate each student as whole individuals. These are individuals who have intricate and specialized needs that cannot be met by a “one size fits all” mentality towards education. 3. Finally, we build a tailored program to support students by meeting their specific educational needs, be these needs financial, physical, emotional, social or all of the above.
In this phase, educational support is offered during the holiday period, as well as on Saturdays to supplement, enhance and correct the education children are currently receiving, and ensure they are prepared for the transition into senior phase/ high school, it includes: 1. Developing the fundamental building blocks in English language, Literacy, and Numeracy. 2. Hosting holistic experiential workshops that provide more than just academic support, planting the seed for self-growth and understanding as well. 3. Other key components of the Program, include the provision of nutritious meals, stationery, and course materials, as well as the transport to and from the hosting venues.
Grade 7 learners transition to this program, intended to enable them to pass their National Senior Certificate with improved results, so they can gain access to better tertiary opportunities. Again, this is a supplementary program that is held on a Saturday and during the school holidays. It offers: 1. Comprehensive academic and psychosocial support, geared towards building and strengthening English, Mathematics, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences. 2. Holistic experiential workshops around self-mastery, career guidance, as well as motivational talks and further leadership development. 3. Other key components of the program include the provision of nutritious meals, stationery and course materials, as well as transport to and from hosting venues. 4. We also include programs currently for the Grades 8 and 9 to help with digital migration to help make them aware of the current 4th industrial revolution and to expose them to new and unfamiliar career fields . Giving them tools to easier navigate and develop themselves through their life's journey .
The Tertiary Program offers bursaries to students completing various degrees at different institutions. Our goal is to support and help build independent, problem-solving, conscious young adults, who will enter the workplace self-reliant and ready to lead a successful life. This is achieved through ongoing support provided by our in-house Psychologists and various activities students experience throughout their time at the Tomorrow Trust. We aim to create a safe space and a family environment, where all students can learn, fail, and grow, without judgment, prejudice, or fear. We believe that success is not linear when we walk the students’ paths with them as they navigate the complexities of life as young adults. Being part of the Tertiary Program, allows students to commit and invest in their self-development and growth; helping them reach their true full potential both academically and personally .
Tomorrow Trust also offers additional programs that aims to improve and quip students with a set of skills they might need in the future , such as our SHIFT program . Also to address the educational and psycho-social gaps in the youth coming from orphaned and vulnerable households across the developmental spectrum . And aims to explore the various elements which go into identifying and selecting one’s career path. More information about these programmes is detailed inside . Please click the header/title for more info .
The Alumni Programme is comprised of all former beneficiaries that came through the Tomorrow Trust Tertiary Programme, who completed a qualification with the Tomorrow Trust since it was founded in 2005. The Programme offers a platform for engagement between alumni and the Tomorrow Trust and enables alumni to maintain close ties with the organization. It aim also to create a lifelong community of alumni through increased opportunities with meaningful engagements.
This bursary is open to students in matric and students already studying at university. Only those at the following universities for 2023 should apply: WITS, UJ , Stellenbosch , UCT , Rhodes and UP . Applications are currently open. Closing date: Monday, October 31, 2022Learn More