TLC’s corporate social responsibility project
At TLC, being a responsible member of the community is important to us. One way we support our greater community is by using our expertise in the business world to assist a non-profit organisation, Singakwenza, Early Childhood Education. Singakwenza, meaning “We can do it!”, is a non profit organisation which aims to build sustainable early childhood education programmes in economically disadvantaged communities, using recycling to create toys and teaching tools. They focus on the critical development years in a child’s life (between 1 and 5 years). Research around the world has shown that the best way to break the poverty cycle is through education, but our South African education system is in a crisis:
· Less than 50% of the children who start Grade 1 make it to Matric.
· Of those who do stay in school until Matric, a quarter of them are not able to attain the 30% pass mark.
· The Annual National Assessment (ANA) results every year show that the average Maths result of a child in Grade 5 is between 30 and 40%, and by Grade 9 is between 10 and 20%.
· The World Economic Forum has consistently placed South Africa last in the world in Maths and Science education.
Singakwenza is a registered Non Profit Company and a Public Benefit Organisation with >75% Black Beneficiaries, for companies needing SED and ED points for their B-BBEE scorecards. They are also an Empowering Supplier with a Level 1 B-BBEE rating. In addition, Singakwenza offers a mentorship programme to crèche teachers and primary caregivers, helping them to understand how to use the toys to provide a stimulating, educational environment for their children, so that these children enter school intellectually, physically and developmentally prepared. www.singakwenza.org