Who we are

Learning In Reach is a body of like-minded individuals with an interest in making South Africa succeed through education. We aim to empower the future generation with curiosity and a love of learning by ensuring education equality on the belief that this is the foundation for a stronger democracy.

 

Educational success extends beyond school hours, and school walls. We see the need for a major drive to engage parents and upskill them in order for them to better support the individual child. By offering solutions to the families of learners we aim to drive a shift in the community that drives hope and empowerment. ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ and we cannot disrupt the Early Childhood Development process without addressing the supporting structures, the main one being the child’s parents, as role models and leaders of these young children.

Our Values

Our Vision

Our Mission

To empower an ecosystem of quality education for the holistic development of the child, bridging the gap between marginalised and privileged communities.

Improving access to quality early childhood development by supporting and nurturing parents and teachers as role models and educators of young children through disruptive pedagogy, training, infrastructure and resource improvements, nutritional support and economic empowerment.

The Facts

  • Less than half of children aged 3-6 years have access to a preschool in South Africa.
  • Only 6 out of 30 Early Childhood Development centres in Lavender Hill are registered, meeting the minimum standard of childcare required by authorities.
  • 8 out of 10 children can’t read for meaning by the time they reach Grade 4.
  • 82% of people in Lavender Hill over 20 years old never completed Matric, making it almost impossible for them to further their education or find employment.

The Problem

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Our Solution

  • Build new or expand existing Early Childhood Development and Community Centres by creating purposefully designed, beautiful and inspiring spaces of learning supported by local economic hubs
  • Train and upskill teachers in dynamic teaching methodologies using Montessori principles with an internationally proven track record of outstanding results
  • Provide essential ECD learning resources, equipment and skill local community members to make and sell these to the broader ECD and parenting community/ecosystem
  • Support, guide and empower parents with training and socio-economic, co-operative opportunities
  • Provide hands-on learning for children between the ages of 3 years and 6 years from previously or currently disadvantaged communities in and around Cape Town
  • Provide alternative safe spaces and constructive learning projects for primary school children after school
  • Provide essential nutrition and basic health services to children and families attending the centres
  • Provide trauma counselling and support for the general school community, accelerating its endeavours to move forward to a more positive, self-sustaining lifestyle