Child poverty in South Africa has been an issue for years. In 2019, 56% of children lived below the poverty line. In 2021, there had been high rates of children dropping out of school. The rates are constantly increasing.
The story for Save the Children is one of hope. The association is a global membership organization that works in over 120 countries, including South Africa.
History of Save The Children
It began with just one woman who wanted to change the world’s response to children in need. In 1919, the founder of the Struggle for the Rights of Children, Eglantyne Jebb, launched a worldwide movement- the Save the Children Fund. This organization is driven by her belief that every child has the right to a healthy, happy, and fulfilling life.
“Change is within reach – if we have courage, determination, imagination and effective organization”– Eglantyne Jebb
The development of the movement brought Save the children in South Africa in 1944, to grew, and in 2013, a Proudly South African entity (SCSA) was formed. Since then, every day, the organization works towards giving South African children a healthy start in life, an opportunity to learn as well as protection.
Save The Children
Save the Children’s mission is to attain children’s rights and help them create a brighter future for themselves. The organization works daily to address the following issues: child protection, education, family support, and child rights.
They ensure they meet the children’s specific needs and their voices are heard. Nowadays, young people leave school insufficiently prepared to be part of the economic development in their communities. As a result, they have difficulty entering the job market.
Think Human Foundation & Save The Children
Think Human Foundation and Save the Children started collaborating in 2022 July. The 3-year project entails supporting one high school in KwaZulu-Natal every academic year. In total, we expect 500 learners from grades 10-12 (14 to 19 years old) to be trained in using devices such as computers, and tablets, and how to utilize those skills in the professional world.
Through different phases, the beneficiaries will enjoy a digital library with technical training to improve their digital skills and increase access to technology.
At the end of this project, participating children will report improved educational outcomes and skills owing to the installation of the digital library and will have increased access to opportunities for career progression.