Barloworld Trust

Strategic development partnerships


Efforts are made to understand social and socio-economic development needs and objectives and financial and in-kind contributions are made to appropriate initiatives centrally through the Barloworld Trust in South Africa, as well as through business units' direct CSI initiatives, based on a percentage of profits. In addition, individuals are encouraged to contribute time, skills and resources to local communities.

Through the social investment initiatives of the Barloworld Trust, Barloworld has over many years sought strategic partnerships, synergies and innovations in public-service delivery that can be taken to scale by the public sector or the market.

Through grants, networking, referrals and insistence on sound management practices, responsible governance and accountability, Barloworld endeavours to build capacity and sustainability in its development partners, where necessary. The group has invested R85million in such initiatives over the past five years, of which 85% was accredited socio-economic development (SED) spend in terms of the South African B-BBEE codes.

The Barloworld Trust is mainly focussed on improving learner outcomes and facilitating access to education in South Africa.

Through the Barloworld Trust, we invest millions in carefully selected interventions which address some of the foremost problems in South Africa 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.

Some of the Barloworld Trust's strategic investments include:

For Systemic Change in Education

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.

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To improve education outcomes in mathematics, science and languages

FUNDZA LITERARY TRUST works to inspire 13-15 year old black students to read for pleasure through delivery of age and culture appropriate material delivered on innovative IT platforms to build vocabulary and comprehension for formal learning, encourage young people to share their stories and develop as writers.

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.

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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.

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To support whole school development

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 & science teachers, pre-school, primary and high school teachers, principals, school governing bodies and their community structures.

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To facilitate 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.

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To promote youth 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 talent and perspective that are essential to leadership. Projects are formally evaluated and lead projects go to national and international competitions.

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In support of the 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.

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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.

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To facilitate the 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).

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To build the next generations of responsible leaders

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 works together towards achieving a good society with social and economic progress for all.

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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.

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To facilitate access to quality healthcare services

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH), one of only five on the continent, is a 200 bed specialist academic referral paediatric hospital serving all children of southern Africa region, irrespective of their ability to pay. The hospital will also facilitate the training and employment of paediatric medical professionals thereby addressing a dire need for this competency in South Africa.

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