South Africa’s rank among 143 countries for the quality of Mathematics & Science education
the home of the exceptional
Delaire Graff Estate
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 that suffer from the combined issues of poverty and alcohol misuse. Currently operating five vehicles to reach communities in the Stellenbosch Winelands, Cederberg Valley and Hermanus, it offers the following support services to children between the ages of 6 -18 years old:
The Mobile Computer Programme makes effective use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by giving the facilitators and learners the necessary knowledge and skills with which to apply it. Technology is also used to enhance the learning experience, making lessons fun, interactive and easy to understand. The ICT Programme is delivered to children in rural farming areas in two specially modified vehicles, both of which are fully equipped with all the necessary educational resources.
Exposing children to new information and improving their self-development is one of the key aspects of the Mobile Library Programme. Alongside the Literacy Programme, the Library strengthens their basic reading, problem-solving and comprehension skills. The Mobile Library visits the farms on a rotational basis, where children and adults can choose books, magazines, games and DVDs to borrow for a few weeks before exchanging them for new ones.
In a constantly changing environment, our beneficiaries need to be equipped with the necessary life skills to meet the challenges that face them on a daily basis. The FACET Life Skills Programme focuses on the following four concepts: personal development, study methods, relationships and social well-being and orientation to the world of work. The FACET Life Skills vehicle rotates between the farms and is fully fitted out as a specially-designed mobile classroom.
The Mobile Library in Citrusdal has a unique multipurpose approach in which outdoor education, a toy and games library and literacy support services are all delivered on a daily basis. The vehicle drives to each of the educational facilities to deliver books, toys, education programmes and support.
Reward systems can be one of the best ways to change a child’s behaviour. We have found that through the positive reward system called P-Bucks, learners are encouraged to demonstrate and practice positive behaviour, which enables them to accumulate points towards an educational or recreational outing at the end of each quarter. Daily rewards are also integrated into the After-School Club programme and are used as a positive discipline strategy.
Learners in the farms’ After-School Clubs take part in maths and literacy tutoring support programmes. Aligned with the government school curriculum, they are taught by qualified teachers in the After-School Club facilities. Many children struggle with these essential subjects and need additional support in order to pass their academic year at school.
The FACET weekend activities give communities and individuals access to personal development workshops that allow them to plan, prioritise and execute their individual goals, as well as those of their respective communities. Participants who join in these activities include learners in the After-School Clubs, their parents and wider community members.
9,000 books circulated each year
Within six months of joining, many learners gained a full year in their reading level
602 learners attend the After-School club facilities and benefit from the Graff mobile learning centres and other support programmes
17 After-School Clubs are visited once a week by all programmes
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, the Pebbles Project has had an impact on more than 4,000 children and their families in areas including education, nutrition, health, community and protection. Through the Pebbles Owethu Clinic, a full range of critical wellness and health services is provided to the children and wider communities.
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