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One to One Bright Futures Programme

The Small Projects Foundation

Making meaning. Taking action. Changing lives. 

One to One Bright Futures Programme

Clifford Chance Grant, Marr-Munning Trust and the Waterloo Foundation (Through the One to One Children’s Fund)


We implemented Bright Futures in schools in these areas:

  • Clifford Chance Grant; six schools in the Libode area
  • Marr-Munning Trust; six schools in the Maluti area
  • Waterloo Foundation; 35 schools in the Nyandeni District

Our Department of Education identified the schools where the Bright Futures Programme could be implemented, which was based on the school social report that is sent to the National Department at the end of each year. This report details schools with social ills, high rates of pregnancy and other challenges.

Teachers are facing challenges such as

  • Substance abuse by learners
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Sexual abuse of orphans
  • Boys dropping out of school to go to circumcision school
  • Learners arriving late to school
  • Learners feeling inferior and shy
  • Girls would not attend school during their menstrual cycle owing to a lack of toilet facilities.

Our programme targeted grades seven to nine learners and over 1 000 girls and boys have benefited from it. Teachers, facilitators and parents have also been trained so that they are knowledgeable of their child’s rights.

GEMBEM Clubs have also been established in all the schools. These clubs focus on issues related to social support, skills development, academic and environmental care and provide a platform for girl and boy learners to interact with each other and to discuss issues affecting them.

Parent and daughter dialogues were also held in addition to community dialogues. Community members were asked to identify what issues affect youth at school, what may make learners not finish school, and what needs to be done.

Issues that arose
teenage pregnancy + bullying + drug & substance abuse + child-headed households

Reasons for learners not finishing school
drug & substance abuse + being orphaned + lack of parental support + teenage pregnancy + bullying + unemployed parents.

What needs to be done
A ‘back to school’ campaigns
Ongoing gender based violence community awareness & education interventions
Establishment of fully functioning police forums

Since the programme started, 80% of the schools that do have toilets started buying cleaning materials and supplies for the toilets to be cleaned. Our CWP participants are also playing a major role in keeping the toilets clean. While the toilets still need major attention, their state is slightly better than what they were before the programme started and some schools have started allocating teachers to be responsible for toilet cleanliness.

Our achievements so far

  • Decrease in teenage pregnancies.
  • Decrease in absenteeism.
  • Learners feel they are better able to talk to adults and especially to their parents.
  • Improvement in learners’ self-discipline.
  • Improvements in learner neatness.
  • Increased number of learners who now arrive at school on time.
  • Learners only go to circumcision school during school holidays.
  • Learners participate more freely during debates and are less shy.
  • School enrolment has improved.
  • Fewer learners bunk classes by hiding in the toilets.
  • Increase in the number of problems reported.
  • Cleaner toilets.

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