Education in South Africa aims particularly at the development of Early Childhood Development. ECD schools are often of poor quality and is provided to the children in small shacks with poor conditions. Actual school where the children learn only starts at the age of seven because of this poor quality of ECD, which is why most children from the townships fall behind very early in life in terms of chances to develop themselves. This is why we adopt ECD schools in the townships. Our education manager trains the head of the ECD school and the teachers for a period of three to six months. We also renovate or rebuild the school building in order to have adequate facilities that are in line with government standards. Finally, we implement a curriculum that is in line with the government standards. After this has been achieved, the school is eligible for financial government support and the quality of education is increased substantially.
In Ghana we focus on Early Childhood Development as well as primary school. Classes with 60-80 students are no exception and the quality of education is poor. We increase quality of education through decreasing the size of classes and introducing a learning method. The schools are in time self-sustainable, because we make sure the schools become eligible for government support and we ask a small fee from the parents of our students. Rhiza will stay involved afterwards, but on the background through a monitoring and advisory role.