January to December
Literacy rate (15+ years old)
Primary school – 89.0%
Lower secondary school – 51.6%
Upper secondary school – 61.5%
Children (6 – 11 years) – 65,377
Adolescents (12 to 14 years) – 145,502
Youth (15 – 17) – 169,877
The South African constitution states that everyone has the right to basic education, as well as to adult education and secondary education.
Education in South Africa is compulsory for children between 6 and 15 years of age (or up to grade 9, depending on which is first attained). This obligation to attend school is secured in the South African Schools Act of 1996.
Many children experience a broken journey through school, interrupted by irregular attendance, absent teachers, teenage pregnancy, and school-related abuse and violence.
The existing school’s land will be purchased and the old school building demolished to build a new building for 200 children. We encourage the local communities to participate in this process and complete the building project, helping to ensure school sustainability and community commitment.
News from the project
About the country
Republic of South Africa
58.7 million people
South African rand (ZAR)
11 official languages. 23% speak Zulu as a first language. English is the fourth most common first language in the country, but is understood in most urban areas and is the dominant language in government and the media.
South Africa has a generally temperate climate, averaging 8–10 daily sunshine hours in most regions.
Annual average temperature
April to October, characterized by low levels of rainfall, with sunny but cool days.
November to March, characterized by higher levels of rainfall and humidity.
Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cableway or hiking to the top.
One of South Africa’s most famous regions is Stellenbosch, which sits on the coast of the Western Cape and is well known for its incredible hospitality, wine, and food experiences.
Addo Elephant National Park is a diverse wildlife conservation park situated close to Port Elizabeth and is one of South Africa’s 20 national parks.
Sometimes called the ‘miracle cannon’ because of the mint condition in which it was found, the cannon salvaged from the wreck of the Sacramento, a Portuguese man o’ war that ran aground just outside Port Elizabeth in June 1647 on her maiden voyage, rests at the top of the cliffs at Schoenmakerskop just above where she was wrecked.
Cape Town: The Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa
Stellenbosch: Oude Werf Hotel
Port Elizabeth: Lemon Tree Lane
Places to eat
Cape Town: Ocean Basket Seapoint
Port Elizabeth: Salt Restaurant
Best souvenirs from the country
Zulu ceremonial spoons, Old World wine, кooibos tea, Kalahari salt, зate made from native animals
Proposed one week tour
Cape Town: Cable car up Table Mountain and hiking
Stellenbosch: Winery visits
Khayelitsha: School visit
The Garden Route road trip: Gansbaai shark cage diving
The Garden Route road trip: Bloukrans Bridge
The Garden Route road trip: Addo Elephant National Park
Port Elizabeth: The Wreck of the Sacramento