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 equip

We collect and share data with our partner organisations.

We create a platform to collaborate.

Documentation and assessment
Thought partnership with school principals and teachers
Networking capacity
Talent management and development
Fundraising strategy and execution

How we empower

We empower children to pursue arts, sport and other positive activities in safe spaces.

Through mentorship we empower children to take charge of their education journey and seek the supports they need.

Encourages a Connected Ecosystem
Facilitates articulation of common vision and goals
Coordinates communication between organisations and stakeholders
Collects and distributes knowledge on what works so that work is strategic and data-driven

How we excel

Philippi’s youth are empowered through tutoring, mentoring and counselling at schools and across Philippi to excel from cradle to career.

Examples include:

  • 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.

Research & Documentation