Education is a cornerstone to achieving economic growth in South Africa.
Deloitte supports broad-based programmes that range from support for education facilities, through to programmes at pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary education level.
Backing from Deloitte includes mentoring students, refurbishing schools as well as providing educational resources. Some of the projects supported include:
1. Adopt-A-School Foundation
Adopt-A-School Foundation assists schools in need to access basic facilities to create an environment conducive to quality learning and teaching, mainly in poorly resourced rural schools. The Deloitte Foundation made a financial contribution to the Adopt-A-School-Foundation to introduce a literacy programme for learners and teachers at Ivory Park Secondary School. The programme included language competency skills, building confidence and dealing with learning barriers for both learners and teachers. 70% of the matric learners who participated on the programme passed matric in 2011.
2. Project Siyakhula
Project Siyakhula is a programme run by Deloitte trainee accountants across South Africa. Volunteers assist more than 400 pupils annually with the key subjects of Mathematics and Accounting. Working closely with the teachers, volunteers from Deloitte tutor Mathematics and Accounting and also undertake life skills activities and offer career guidance to grade 10, 11 and 12 learners from previously disadvantaged schools during weekends and school holidays.
3. Leap Maths and Science School
LEAP is a school for exceptional, but disadvantaged, high school pupils from Cape Town‘s townships. The school’s objective is to help the students gain access to tertiary study opportunities by graduating from the school with a university exemption, particularly with Science and Maths on higher grade. Deloitte has provided Leap with a financial grant over the years and our Cape Town office staff volunteer in various projects throughout the year.
4. Artist Proof Studio (APS)
APS is an Art Education Centre that specialises in printmaking through a variety of diverse partnerships with young artists, established professionals, community groups, patrons, and funders. APSs educational mission is to develop capacities that equip ‘artists-as-citizens’ to engage productively with society through a three-year intensive training programme. The Risk Advisory team assisted APS with identifying and managing risks and ascertaining sufficient controls in the areas of finance, education, administration, special projects, professional spacing and the art gallery.
Botshabelo is a non-governmental organisation committed to providing critical support and resources for the community of Olievenhoutbosch. It focuses on Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes, community-based child care and home-based care. Deloitte has supported Botshabelo with funding for the training and upliftment of early childhood development practitioners and learners.
6. Afrika Tikkun
Afrika Tikkun is an NGO concentrating on education programmes, skilling programmes, care of the aged and caring programmes. The programmes embarked upon in the different communities are determined by specific needs. Deloitte provided financial support to Afrika Tikkun for the education and food gardening projects at the Afrika Tikkun Orange Farm AreKopaneng Community Centre. Last year, the project benefitted 960 people who were involved in the early childhood development, learning support and food garden programme supported by Deloitte.
7. Junior Achievement South Africa
Junior Achievement offers education programmes on the benefits of the free enterprise system and entrepreneurship to children and teenagers, so they are prepared for life after school. Deloitte supported JASA financially to enable Project Siyakhula learners to participate and benefit from the entrepreneurial programme in the Durban region.
8. People Upliftment Programme
People Upliftment Programme (POPUP) is a non-profit organisation with a holistic approach to the upliftment of under-privileged communities, and offers skills development and training programmes, job placement, social support and medical services. Deloitte staff voluntarily support the programme financially. The firm then matches the donations with corporate funds. In addition, Deloitte Pretoria ran personal financial management training sessions for the learners at POPUP. The beneficiaries are now better equipped with skills that will assist them in running and managing their finances.
9. President’s Award for Youth Empowerment
The President's Award for Youth Empowerment is a registered non-profit organisation that empowers young people between the ages of 14 and 25 through self-development programmes, enabling them to become responsible active citizens within their communities. Deloitte conducts the annual audit of the President's Award for Youth Empowerment at no cost to the organisation.
10. Imperial and Ukhamba Community Development Trust
Ukhamba’s mission is to form partnerships with local and international companies wanting to make meaningful contributions to the advancement of people from previously disadvantaged groups. Their priority projects include the upliftment and upgrading of Grade R classrooms, libraries, media centres and curriculum development.
Deloitte assisted the Ukhamba Trust to develop the Grade R section of Rekgutlile Primary School in Vlakfontein and also to purchase books and educational toys. In addition, Deloitte provided a financial grant to complete the library at Finetown Primary School.
11. Future Leaders Development Programme (FLDP)
This programme was established to actively facilitate the employment of unemployed graduates in the country. The FLDP entails the recruitment, formal training and provision of workplace experience to a selected group of graduates, recruited from the Thusanani Workplace Readiness project, sponsored by the Financial and Advisory Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET).
The 12 month programme is designed to go beyond work readiness to provide long-term employment opportunities to a number of graduates within Deloitte annually. This includes all graduates being assigned a mentor to provide on-going feedback and to assist the graduates with integration into Deloitte.
During this time, the graduates are given meaningful work experience, challenging assignments, intensive training and access to e-learning courses and classroom training programmes.
12. TEACH SA
TEACH SA recruits young graduates and leverages their talents to act as educators within rural and urban disadvantaged schools. Selected graduates (TEACH Ambassadors) commit to a minimum of two years of service to the programme and school they are placed in. Deloitte staff have been involved in the programme since conception and continue to provide on-going support to the project specifically as advisors and with the recruitment process of the TEACH Ambassadors.
Jumpstart is an innovative career guidance and life skills booklet targeted at Grade 9 to Grade 12 learners in schools countywide. Jumpstart educates, empowers and uplifts the learners and the educators/facilitators, by disseminating crucial information relating to self-knowledge, skills development, entrepreneurship, health awareness, career guidance and other topics that are relevant to society. In the past, Deloitte provided two financial grants to Jumpstart which enabled the project to expand the distribution of the booklets.