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Education Sector

Combating gender-based violence at schools | UNICEF

This programme which was part of a “Safer South Africa” Programme, was aimed at improving school safety through GBV training for School Based Clubs in the Eastern Cape. The plan was to integrate a gender component into the already existing Protecting/Bright Futures Programme and Give Yourself a Job Programme which would be rolled out in 50 schools focusing on 100 girl learners at each school. The learners were taught about puberty, menstruation, GBV, SRH, prevention of teenage pregnancy and HIV/AIDS.

Always keeping girls in school

The Bright Futures methodology forms an integral part of the work we do. Over the years we have rolled it out to an increasing number of schools across South Africa and have extended it further afield. We have also refined, added to, and improved this methodology in order to achieve our vision of empowering youth and especially girls to complete school and have the skills to find or create their own jobs and develop bright futures for themselves, their families and communities. 

Education Sector
Education Sector

Kistefos Educational Fund

A quality education for South African children

Our initial aim was to benefit 600 children and educate 12 Early Childhood Practitioners at four crèches to a National Qualification Framework level 4. We have exceeded our expectations, with 25 ECD teachers in training, supporting 1 213 learners in 24 Educare centres. This is significant progress, and it is just the beginning.

One to One Bright Futures

Educating young adults about their human rights

We talk to young adults in grades 7 to 9 about their human rights, gender-based violence and issues that affect them. Our focus includes training teachers, facilitators and parents so that they are aware of their child’s rights. GEMBEM Clubs are established in every school, and focus on issues related to social support, skills development, academic and environmental care. They are a vital platform for learners to interact with one another and have open, frank discussions. Over 1 000 children have benefited.

Education Sector
Education Sector

Sanitary Dignity Campaign Programme

Keeping girls in school. Period.

Many young women miss school when they are menstruating. Reasons include lack of access to sexual and reproductive health education, sanitary pads and clean toilets at schools. This campaign restores dignity to school-going women and ensures that they attend school when they have their periods.


  • Orphans and vulnerable children apply for their IDs

    Orphans and vulnerable children apply for their IDs

    Just under one hundred young people from Openshaw are well on their way to owning their first identification documents SPF is pleased with the latest developments in the PEPFAR OVC programme. The programme, which is coordinated by Zandile Matyila, ensures that safety net care is provided to orphans and vulnerable woman and children in 18 […]

  • Alan Wild shares the latest goings-on from the Mentor Moms and Vitamin Angels pilot project

    Alan Wild shares the latest goings-on from the Mentor Moms and Vitamin Angels pilot project

    The latest from our mentor moms in Newlands and Cuba. The Mentor Moms and Vitamin Angels project, which aims to prevent and address nutritional stunting among infants and young children, does this by empowering pregnant woman early on in their pregnancies through antenatal classes and continued support up to two years after they have delivered […]

  • Bumb’Ingomso and Beyond Zero host a successful sports day in Dimbaza

    Bumb’Ingomso and Beyond Zero host a successful sports day in Dimbaza

    An array of sporting fixtures were arranged, including games of soccer and netball, which drew large crowds of enthusiastic spectators. After a successful Be More Roadshow, the Bumb’Ingomso team had their sights set on a sports day for the young people of Dimbaza in Buffalo City, and this is exactly what they did.   The […]

  • Bumb’Ingomso Women at Mandela Summit

    Bumb’Ingomso Women at Mandela Summit

    Nine young leaders from Buffalo City to take part in the Mandela Children’s Fund National Consultation in Cape Town this month. SPF is very pleased that nine young women who have been a part of the Bumb’Ingomso Leadership Programme have been selected to represent their province at the National Assembly later this month, as part […]

  • Bumb’ingomso and World Menstruation Day-SPF

    Bumb’ingomso and World Menstruation Day

    Let’s talk Menstruation! Menstrual Hygiene Day raises awareness of the challenges women and girls worldwide face due to their menstruation and highlights solutions that address these challenges, including through media work. Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) is a global platform that brings together non-profits, government agencies, the private sector, the media and individuals to promote […]

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