With football and leadership development going forward in excellence the natural next step for us is expanding our educational program.
In the past we have always been on the back foot doing damage control with regards to what happens with students after school because of the desperate circumstances within the South African schooling system. The national pass rate fluctuates around 40%.
Many of the students that came to us were failing school and were taking the wrong subjects as a result of a variety of social issues. Fortunately now we have come to a place where we can work with clear vision from an earlier stage to ensure our players are best positioned for university bursaries or employment after they graduate from high school.
We have started doing math classes on Monday and Wednesday afternoons for our players since February this year as well as doing accounting classes to the benefit of students of Thembalethu High School. The classes are presented by volunteers and we foresee an explosion of more volunteers, enabling us to do more subjects and more age groups in the not so distant future.
One of our soccer players, Ntsika Booysen, has improved his maths by 11 % this term after being in this program for only 6 weeks. We have earmarked him for a bursary at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in George when he graduates from high school at the end of 2017.