South Africa’s rank among 143 countries for the quality of Mathematics & Science education
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Percentage of 14 year olds who do not achieve basic requirements in their home language
Percentage of adults (over 15) who are considered illiterate – amounting to 2.5 million people
Percentage of the population living below the poverty line
Unemployment rate among the 15-24 age group – the sixth worst ranking in the world
Ratio of children in farming areas who drop out of school – commonly cited reasons being a lack of money for fees and a need to care for other family members
Percentage of babies born in the Western Cape suffering from FAS, leading to learning difficulties among other issues
The FACET Foundation is focused on helping farming communities, which suffer from the combined issues of poverty and alcohol misuse, around Stellenbosch in the Winelands. Currently operating two vans to reach those communities, it offers the following services:
Computer programme – teaching both basic skills and higher-level thinking to young children, teenagers and their parents. One van houses laptops to provide a teaching environment, while each community has a permanent PC available while the van is away
Mobile library programme – serving 10 communities, children are invited to loan out both books and DVDs to assist their learning during after-school activities, while parents are also invited to borrow from the library during their lunch hour to help keep the children enthusiastic
Maths programme – at the various farmsteads visited by the vans, facilitators have been able to train young learners in basic maths, problem solving, critical thinking and general application
Literacy programme – alongside the library programme, the literacy programme provides support in teaching young children how to read and comprehend
Educational outings & weekend activities – children are rewarded for their efforts with educational trips to cultural attractions such as museums and other learning centres. On weekends, various activities such as board games and drama classes are held to assist with physical, mental and spiritual development
7,500 books circulated each year
Within six months of joining, many learners gained a full year in their reading level
300 children attend the after-school clubs across the Winelands region
10 after-school clubs are visited once a fortnight
850 children are actively supported
FACET’s partner charity
The Pebbles Project
The main emphasis of the Pebbles Project is education, working with children and families in the Winelands farming communities in the Western Cape. The charity focuses on the entire life of the child and the challenging circumstances in which they live in order to make a significant and lasting difference.
Since the inception of the organisation in 2004, Pebbles has impacted the lives of more than 1,000 children and their families in areas of education, nutrition, health, community and protection. Through the Pebbles Owethu Clinic, a full range of critical wellness and health services is provided to the communities and all of the children.
Real People. Real Changes.
ChristoleneAfter School Club
ChristobellMobile Computer Programme
JaydenAfter School Club
As an eight year old, Mikayla struggled with her reading ability and had no confidence, preferring to hide in the corner of the classroom. She joined the FACET Reading Programme when it visited her home on the Eikendal Wine Estate farm.
Over the next 12 months, she has improved her reading skills and seen a boost to her emotional well being. Now reading with passion, she is a bubbly learner who has shown a remarkable improvement from below average to very good assessment.Previous Next
Christolene lives in an overcrowded home and enjoys learning at the L’Avenir After School Club. She is the most active reader among all ASC participants, having borrowed more than 50 books since the mobile library was first launched.
Within South Africa only 1% of the population purchases books, just 14% are active readers, and 85% are beyond the reach of any library. So Christolene’s experience is a great example of the impact of the FACET Mobile Library – and the benefits of this programme are further established by her place on the short list for a bursary to fully fund her remaining school years and tertiary studies.Previous Next
The eldest of four children, Christobell is part of the Mobile Computer Programme, learning how to use various software packages to assist in clerical work or personal creativity. This ICT initiative has taken off at great pace and is a particular favourite among learners, with interest not only on the software side, but also among technical aspects.
Christobell has displayed a high level of understanding and now is a constant source of encouragement to her siblings as yell as serving as a role model to the other youth on the Kaapzicht farm.Previous Next
Hardworking Grade 8 boy, Jayden Philander, from the Bellevue Wine Farm, displays a positive attitude towards mathematics and takes exceptional pride in his work. Since Jayden was registered at the After School Club, where he attended mathematics sessions on a weekly basis, his school work has progressed remarkably well. Today, he is a confident and happy learner.
According to the World Economic Forum, South Africa ranks 139 out of 143 countries for the quality of mathematics and science education. Only 41% of learners in Grade 12 are currently taking mathematics as a subject. Yet, a total of 93 of the 100 scarce skills in South Africa require a decent pass in mathematics. With this in mind, a learner like Jayden benefits greatly from the opportunity given in his ASC centre.Previous Next