Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Our Creative Learning Curriculum serves as the foundation for our Early Childhood & After-school Programmes. It is built around stories, which are used to broaden horizons, make lateral connections across subject areas, link global issues to the local community, and cultivate empathy & respect. Creativity and skills are prized above knowledge and right answers, and children are encouraged to have fun and take risks.
Many people in our community suffer from feelings of inadequacy due to their inability to make a living in the city. Recognising this widespread issue, our Agriculture training model focuses a great deal on self-development, global perspective and confidence building, as well as the practical side of farming.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Teenage pregnancy is five times lower among learners in our After-school Education Programmes. Moreover, learners in Grades R-4 showed a 108% increase in literacy rates over a five-month period. 95% of our high school learners have started their own home vegetable gardens and through our Agriculture Development Programme, our ten small-scale farms are feeding over 1,000 community members. Our Agriculture Programme is also providing an income for 167 previously unemployed individuals. In the future, we expect to see a decrease in crime, malnutrition, and preventable diseases in our community, along with a higher number of high school learners passing their matriculation and the development of a local economy.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
The main strategies are: 1) Expand our Early Childhood Development Programme by developing the necessary infrastructure and hiring/training ECD Facilitators; 2) Strengthen & document our After-school Education curriculum & methodology so that we can support more learners in our community, expand to other communities, and train similar organisations; 3) Scale up our agricultural production so that we can help more people earn a consistent income through organic farming.