Frequently Asked Questions
WHY DOES THE BOKAMOSO EDUCATION TRUST EXIST?
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ― Nelson Mandela
Nowhere is this more relevant than in Africa – where needs are great, but potential is far greater.
WHAT DOES BOKAMOSO MEAN AND WHAT IS THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THE TRUST?
The word Bokamoso means 'future' in Tswana, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages. The Trust believes that education is the foundation upon which every child’s future is built.
The Trust enables some of the least privileged children in South Africa to receive a world-class education.
ISN’T EDUCATION FREE IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Whilst places in public schools are government subsidised, the quailty of education in these institutions is generally poor.
According to the 2011 National Assessment, 75% of Grade Six pupils could not read and write, or do basic arithmetic, to the appropriate standard. Only 50% of those who enter into the school system finish A-levels, and only 1 in 5 of these will receive a pass for mathematics.
In one private school, 165 A-level students got 404 A grades. In stark contrast, in one of the poorer areas in South Africa with 19 high schools there were only 44 A grades in total!
Of 24,793 public schools, 3,500 do not have electricity, and nearly 2,500 have no running water. Over 90% of these schools do not have computer centres, libraries or science labs.
The stark reality is that a decent education in a school with sufficient infrastructure and qualified teachers is unaffordable for the majority of South Africans.
HOW DOES THE CHARITY OPERATE?
Donations received from individuals and businesses in the UK are managed by a team of trustees in accordance with the objectives of the Trust, and regulated by the UK Charity Commission.
In consultation with our partner schools in South Africa, the trustees select children from a pool of applicants. The Trust then pays schools in South Africa directly for the child’s tuition, uniform and sundry school expenditure.
All donors receive periodic feedback on the progress of the children’s education
HOW ARE THE CHILDREN SELECTED?
Our partner schools, Vuleka School in Johannesburg & The Grove in Cape Town, nominate potential candidates to be supported by Bokamoso. The trustees then select the children they will support who meet the following criteria:
The family does not have the means to provide financial support for education.
The child has strong and sustainable family support to encourage and assist him or her through their schooling.
The parent(s) are 100% committed to the child’s education and development.
The parent(s) agree to be accountable for the child’s attendance at school.
HOW MANY CHILDREN DOES BOKAMOSO SUPPORT?
Bokamoso currently supports 14 children, and has made a commitment to support all of these children for their entire school education (pre-school to A Levels)
Bokamoso has spent many years building a strong network of schools and individuals, and is committed to educate many more children in the coming years.
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE MAKING SURE THE TRUST ‘DOES WHAT IT SAYS ON THE CAN’?
A team of five trustees in South Africa are supported by a committed network of school-based individuals. A further five trustees in the UK with the same goals and objectives as Bokamoso SA ensure children and parents receive the support they need.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT MY MONEY IS GOING TOWARDS THE EDUCATION OF THE KIDS?
The trust complies with all the legal requirements set out by the Charities Commission, and operates with the highest levels of accountability and transparency.
None of the trustees are paid for their work for Bokamoso, and capital expenditure is kept to an absolute minimum. In 2012, only 15% of funds raised in 2012 went towards administration of the Trust. A great deal of the work is done by the schools which enables the Trust to allocate such a high percentage of funds to the childrens' education costs.
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