Barloworld Trust

Strategic development partnerships

Through the Barloworld Trust, we invest millions in carefully selected interventions which address some of the foremost problems in South African society in a structured, systematic manner. This approach is underpinned by our strategic partnerships in civil society which deliver synergies and innovations in public-service delivery that can be developed to scale by the public sector or the market.

For more information, see Barloworld Trust Strategic CSI Partnerships 2013-2014.

Education

Systemic change in education

Programme for Improving Learner Outcomes (PILO) is a large-scale programme of interventions at learner, teacher, HOD, principal, school management team, district official, provincial and national government levels with broad-based support to improve the quality of teaching and learning in public schools, with public sector, unions, NGO’s and business. Current initiatives in Pinetown and Uthungulu in KwaZulu-Natal and Kuruman in Northern Cape.

For more information, see www.slideshare.net/Trialogue/mary-metcalfe-pilo-trialogue-28-may

Communities of practice and knowledge management

Bridge convenes facilitates manages the work of communities of practice to focus on key leverage points in the education system to create common purpose, peer support and trust amongst stakeholders, maximise resources, contribute to change at a systemic level and vertically link practices to policy creation and implementation.

For more information, see www.bridge.org.za

Early childhood development

Afrika Tikkun provides education, health and social services for children, youth and their families through its community centres and holistic development programmes, starting with high quality early childhood programmes which lay the development foundation for the next generation of young South Africans.

For more information, see www.afrikatikkun.org

Ikamva Labantu’s programmes support the most vulnerable in society: orphans, vulnerable children and youth, young pre-school children in under-developed early childhood development centres and the aged in Western Cape townships.

For more information, see www.ikamva.org.za

Improving education outcomes in maths, science and english

Independent Schools Association of SA Maths & English Programme provides scholarships to middle range independent schools for grade 9 to 12 to African learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, who have potential, but lack the opportunities to succeed in mathematics, science and English in their current schools.

For more information, see www.isasa.org/category/maths-and-english

LEAP Science & Maths Schools include six intervention high schools focused on excellence in mathematics, science, English and emotional growth, a teacher training programme, and after-hours tuition. The LEAP movement also works with a range of partners to effect broader systemic change in education in South Africa.

For more information, see www.leapschool.org.za

TEACH South Africa recruits, trains and supports top university graduates to teach mathematics, science, English or technology for a minimum of two years in some of South Africa’s most under-resourced schools. TEACH’s primary objective is to use these TEACH Ambassadors to improve learner achievement in an effort to afford quality education to every South African learner.

For more information, see www.teachsouthafrica.org

Thandulwazi Trust – Maths & Science Academy. St Stithians outreach to improve the quality of maths and science teaching and learning in Gauteng schools by offering learners at the FET Phase extra tuition in these key subjects at a Saturday School, to up-skill and offer a professional development programme to teachers in government schools across Gauteng, and train new maths, sciences, English and ECD/Foundation Phase teachers through a mentored, in-service training programme.

For more information, see www.thandulwazi.com

Whole school development

PILO – see above

Penreach, a whole school development programme operating from Penryn College in Mpumalanga, provides educational interventions and solutions in a pipeline from early childhood development to career, working with over 900 historically disadvantaged schools in programmes which address in-service skills training and support to mathematics and science teachers, pre-school, primary and high school teachers, principals, school governing bodies and their community structures.

For more information, see www.penreach.org.za

Access to tertiary education

REAP (Rural Education Access Programme) assists students from poor rural areas in South Africa to access tertiary education by providing information, resources and referrals to grade 11 and 12 learners in rural schools and calling on state mechanisms such as the National Skills Fund (NSF) and the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to provide full cost bursaries and subsidised student loans. A network of recruitment volunteers offers career information to learners and guides them through the various application processes. REAP also provides students with a structured support and development programme on campus to facilitate success in their studies.

For more information, see www.reap.org.za

Promoting entrepreneurship

ENACTUS South Africa (formerly SIFE – Students in Free Enterprise) brings together student, academic and business leaders committed to using entrepreneurial action to improve quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Participating students form teams on their tertiary education campuses to create and implement community outreach projects, an experience which not only transforms lives but helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership. Projects are formally evaluated and lead projects go to national and international competitions.

For more information, see www.enactusza.org

Environment

Endangered Wildlife Trust’s conservation strategy involves identifying human-induced threats and affected species to halt or reverse species decline, ensuring the viability of threatened habitats and ecosystems, developing innovative, economically viable alternatives to address harmful impacts to the benefit of people and biodiversity, increasing awareness and mainstream environmental considerations into the daily lives of people and decision makers, exploring and developing opportunities for mentorship and capacity building within the conservation sector and providing a leadership role in ensuring efficient and adequate implementation, compliance and enforcement of conservation legislation.

For more information, see www.ewt.org.za

WWF South Africa (World Wide Fund for Nature)’s goals are to ensure that South Africa’s biodiversity is conserved and that our footprint remains within the Earth’s capacity to sustain life by securing the integrity of South Africa’s ecological assets, ensuring that ecosystem services underpin social and economic well-being and building a climate resilient, low-carbon economy.

For more information, see www.wwf.org.za

Role of business in society

National Business Initiative (NBI) is a voluntary, non-mandated business coalition which facilitates the role of business in society through national, strategic policy interventions, and projects with a catalytic development impact. Working towards sustainable growth and development in South Africa and the shaping of a sustainable future through responsible business leadership and action, its main areas of operation are in promoting environmental sustainability (water, climate change, green economy, energy efficiency) and socio-economic sustainability (Pathways to Employability through skills development, UN Global Compact support and implementation).

For more information, see www.nbi.org.za

Health

Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital – A Nelson Mandela signature project and his legacy to Africa, a 200 bed specialised new paediatric ‘learning’ hospital to be established in Parktown, Johannesburg, adjacent to Wits Medical School. So far, Barloworld has contributed funding, access to earthmoving equipment for site development, use of a vehicle for two years to support fundraising, and a large generator set to facilitate energy security to the hospital.

For more information, see www.nelsonmandelachildrenshospital.org

Leadership development

Africa Leadership Initiative is a Fellowship established to build capacity and strong networks in next generations of African leaders from business, government and civil society through a programme of seminars on the philosophy of ethical and responsible leadership. Each Fellow is responsible for developing a community project and, post-graduation, becomes part of an alumni which meets at regular intervals to discuss relevant issues and work together towards achieving a good society with social and economic progress for all.

For more information, see www.africaleadership.net

The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment is a competitive experiential programme of leisure activities for young people that encourages character building, self-reliance and responsibility through service to the community. In prisons, the programme provides a framework for the rehabilitation of young prisoners and, in state-run residential youth facilities, aligns with their individual development plans. In schools, the programme provides a life orientation learning tool for teachers.

For more information, see www.presidentsaward.co.za