WHAT WE DO
Amandla ensures Philippi’s children complete their school to become employable, active citizens by making sure they’re supported cradle to career.
What is Amandla?
The name Amandla comes from the Xhosa/Zulu tradition of call-and-response.
A crowd member declares "Amandla!" meaning "power" and the crowd responds "Ngawethu!" adding that the power "is ours."
Amandla Development is therefore empowered development, a process Amandla coordinates wherein local knowledge and active citizenship meet government processes and NGO ground-level implementation.
Our collective mobilises local resources to ensure their young people are fully supported to be ready to learn, take charge of their education journey and grow into active and productive members of society.
How we excel
Philippi’s youth are empowered through tutoring, mentoring and counselling at schools and across Philippi to excel from cradle to career.
- Centre for Education Policy Development (CEPD) helped craft current education policy during the dying days of apartheid and continues to contribute key research to education policy in South Africa
- LEAP School serves disadvantaged youth and has a 100% pass rate for the national matriculation exam versus the national average of approximately 50%. 75% of LEAP graduates since 2005 have continued to higher education compared to 12-15% nationally
- The Observatory Junior School's Shine Centre has seen an increase in the literacy rate from 48% to 78% in grade 6 learners since 2002. Overcrowded classrooms struggle to identify and help learners struggling with literacy, but Shine Centre's efforts give learners the individual attention they need.
- The Shine Centre Cape Town, South Africa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTuyL8ULyuc
These are just a few examples of NGOs that have seen success in advancing education among South African youth, but it does not stop there. The continued growth and flourishing of such efforts is imperative for the expansion of opportunity for those left behind in South Africa. This is where Amandla Development steps in.