Breaking the cycle of poverty through better education, one student at a time.
Completing school is a challenge for students from poor households, approximately 60% of learners will drop out before reaching matric. Many of those that do complete matric fail their exams and are unable to find jobs or further their education, reinforcing the poverty cycle and perpetuating inequality.
Endemic failings in South Africa’s education system result in a high rate of matriculation failure for underprivileged youth. The consequences of the high failure rate include increased youth unemployment, poverty, violence, and gangsterism.
The lack of basic learning necessities leads to poor academic performance
Students face peer pressure to join gangs to find support and acceptance
Witnessing violence on a daily basis leads to mental health issues and a lack of motivation
Limited chances to succeed in life reinforces poverty and a sense of hopelessness
Ukhanyo Foundation provides a 'second-chance' multi-faceted support programme to learners from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been unsuccessful in their matric examinations. Within the youth development landscape in South Africa there is very little support for learners who have failed their matric exams.
As a country we have failed our youth. We have one of the worst education systems and the highest youth unemployment rate in the world.
Whilst recognising that matric is not a determining factor of success, we believe that it is the first step in breaking the poverty cycle by providing access to education and employment opportunities to lift students and their families out of poverty.
We provide students with tutoring, technology, and resources to attain their Matric Diploma
Life Coaching and mentorship programmes help our students develop the confidence, self-esteem and ambition to succeed
Post-matric, we provide our students with computer skills training, career guidance, CV building, and networking opportunities to help them find employment or secure admission into a tertiary institution
A lot of things occurred at home the year that I wrote matric that concerned my family. My uncle passed away and so my mom had to travel a lot. It was hard for me to ask for money for transport, let alone ask her for money for the things I needed for matric. So, I took it upon myself to hustle for my own stuff to try and get the things I needed to complete my matric.
Nowadays, you can’t find work without matric because even the jobs that we undermine, like cleaning, or being a domestic worker often require matric. It is very important, it’s a big deal to have matric because without it you cannot do anything, you cannot find a proper job to put food on the table for your family or even to make something for yourself.
In the future, I plan to have my own company, an investment company, because I believe in giving back to the community like Ukhanyo gave back to me, that’s what motivated me to have this dream. Ukhanyo gave us a second chance. If you fail, no one wants to help you, but Ukhanyo showed us that you can believe in people.
Ukhanyo Foundation provides a 'second-chance' multi-faceted support programme to learners from disadvantaged backgrounds who have been unsuccessful in their matric examinations. Sponsoring a student through our program can change their lives and help to uplift them and their families out of poverty. By making a donation today, you are investing in a better future for our youth.
We are always looking for volunteers to assist in the creation of online learning resources, tutor matric subjects, or help with homework and curriculum design.
Tutors who are looking to get more involved can apply to join our mentorship programme and become a mentor to one of our program participants. More information regarding the mentorship programme can be found on the tutor application form.
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all volunteering operations will be online until further notice*
If you are a student in Cape Town from a disadvantaged background who has failed your matric examination, you may be eligible to join our second chance program.
Ukhanyo Foundation is a Non-Profit Organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa. It was founded by local businesswoman Sandiswa Gwele in 2018. Through her work in youth development, Gwele identified an urgent need for youth mentorship in township communities, especially those who fail matric and are left without support from government or NGOs.
She started Ukhanyo Foundation with the dream of a future in which South African youth in townships can pursue their ambitions, confidently seek to better their lives, and break the cycle of poverty.