ZIKOMO

What is ZIKOMO?

Zikomo is an Organisation for the Support of University Students in Africa, and its main objective is to provide scholarships to university students in several countries in Africa.

Main goals:

  • Empowerment of young Africans through tertiary education.
  • Funding tertiary education to empower the citizens of African countries to enable them to develop their countries independently from aid and the political and economical power of donor countries and multinational corporations.
  • Sustainable development through education (poverty reduction, democratization and peace, health, gender equality, work and economic growth...).
 

How the initiative started:

Tertiary education in many African countries is very expensive, especially in relation to monthly salaries. Beside scholarships or loans provided by the state, only high income families and the elite are able to afford tuition fees at universities. The campaign started in 2007 to support two young Zambians who were friends with a study colleague of the E.MAlumni. They wanted to become social workers but could not afford the tuition fees. A group of friends of the E.MAlumni wanted to acquire donations to enable them to achieve higher education. To place the fundraising on an official base, association ZIKOMO was founded. Many more supported students followed.

What the project has achieved:

So far 15 African students in six African countries (Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Sierra Leone) finished their degrees in various studies. Ten students are supported at the moment.

Would you like to contribute to this project?

This project is looking for people who can help with fundraising, and social media dissemination, translation, fundraising, writing and editing, in person volunteering! If you are interested in contributing to the cause, feel free to contact Philipp Hamedl (on the right side) through your GCA profile!

Streetlight Schools

What is Streetlight Schools?

Streetlight Schools creates globally competitive schools in some of the most underserved communities and set a radically new benchmark for teaching and learning in South Africa. By completely re-imagining standards, environments and approaches to learning, Streetlight Schools is creating globally competitive schools in some of the most underserved communities in South Africa at a scalable cost. With our innovations in Academic Approach, Facility and Professional Development we are demonstrating that it is possible to change established truths in South African education.

How the initiative started:

Starting in October 2013, in a small store-room in Bjala Square in Jeppestown, we ran a pilot after-school program. In 2015, we launched our Education Lab – a prototype of the school model to test some of our first innovations in our approach. In January 2016, we launched Streetlight: Jeppestown our flagship primary school. By the end of the first term, our results indicated that our first learners—who came in with limited or no early childhood development—are catching up to international benchmarks in Numeracy and Literacy.

Main goals:

Provide world-class primary education to underserved learners at government cost per learner.

What the project has achieved:

In January 2016, we launched Streetlight: Jeppestown our flagship primary school. In January 2017 our learners were achieving equal to benchmarks equivalent to top international school systems. We want to grow from one to five schools over the next 5 years.

Would you like to contribute to this project?

This project is looking for people who can help with fundraising, and social media dissemination. If you are interested in contributing to the cause, feel free to contact the organisers (on the right side) through your GCA profile!