Jane Keen, current SAEP Director, joined SAEP full-time as a volunteer. At her initiative, a South African sister organisation for SAEP was created and registered as a South African NPO (and later as a Public Benefit Organisation). In programmes, there were four major developments:
At the end of 2002, as they were finishing their matric, Bulelani Futshane and Luzuko Hina asked SAEP to provide a “gap year” in which they and some of their classmates might improve their English, develop computer skills, and explore career alternatives. In return they offered to do community service. This was the beginning of what became our Bridging Year Programme.
EXPANSION OF HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMME
SAEP extended its activities from Sinethemba to two other Philippi high schools.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Under the leadership of Jane Keen, SAEP began working with a cluster of 10 educare centres to help them improve infrastructure, develop financial and administrative skills, and register with the Departments of Social Development and Education.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME
The Environment Programme gained new structure and momentum from a partnership with the Mountain Club of South Africa, which began to lead monthly hikes on Table Mountain for SAEP’s high school students.