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AFRICAN SCHOLARS FUND

Our Vision

The future of our country lies with its youth. We aim to give our youth hope, to equip them with skills for life and to help them become responsible citizens of this wonderful country.

Our Mission

The African Scholars’ Fund, through awards and guidance, assists promising young schoolchildren from the most needy homes to complete their secondary education.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

During the late 1960s, apartheid crippled black schooling, especially in the Western Cape where restrictions were so severe that these children usually sought their education in the old mission colleges of the Eastern Cape. At that time every race group had a separate school syllabus with its own text books and set-books.

 

“It is teaching that creates all other professions”

– UNKNOWN

WHAT WE DO

The fund works with about 350 schools every year and is in touch with nearly twice that number. Poverty is worst in the Eastern and Northern Cape where much of our work is done. It is estimated that 80% of our children are “Black” learners, 19.5% “Coloured/Indian” learners and about 0.5% are “White” learners. We do not record the race of children who are assisted.

 

We identify learners through schools and social workers,
from Gr7 to Gr12. Reports are checked for academic progress and Bursary Representatives look into the home environment.
We pay awards via the school on the basis of mid-year and December reports.
Learners sign for and collect their awards from the principal or designated bursary representative at their respective school.
Additional Learner Resources
include Gr9 Subject Choice and Gr10 Career Guidance Workbooks, Gr12 Computer Literacy Workbook / Classes and Gr12 NSFAS Online Application Guides
We address and follow up
on all issues highlighted by our bursars.
We link donors to recipients with our efficient sponsor system where detailed mid-year and year-end reports are given on learners sponsored.