The South African Education Project (SAEP), also previously known as the South African Education and Environment Project, is a registered non-profit based in Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa. We provide holistic education through academic tutoring, extended experiential learning, life skills, and psycho-social support for children and youth  through our five learning programmes.

We began in 1994 as a vision sparked between several committed learners at a township high-school and an environmental lawyer, Norton Tennille, who is passionate about education. SAEP’s culture still reflects the early days of the organisation where bright young people were invited into our founders’ home to dream and to learn together.

Our programmes are all targeted at children, youth and education providers in the Cape Town’s severely under-resourced Philippi township and beyond and include:

  • Early Childhood Development – assisting to develop under-resourced township ‘educare’ centres.
  • Siyakhathala Primary School  – strengthening literacy & learning development at Grade 3 and 4 level.
  • Hope Scholars – academic tutoring, life skills and career guidance for grades 8 & 9 learners.
  • Bridging Year – university preparedness and academic literacy skills for recent matriculants.
  • Tertiary Support – promoting retention and success in tertiary studies for programme alumni.

Previously SAEP also offered the following programmes

  • ADT Teach – using innovative mobile computer labs to teach computer skills in grades 10-12. 
  • Arts Outreach – after-school visual art, drama, dance, and music workshops at high schools.
  • Environmental Education – environmental education awareness and experiential learning through hikes and camps. 

These three programmes are now cross-cutting themes across the organisation. 

SAEP’s Impact Centre provides monitoring and evaluation, database management, research, networking, and sharing of ideas and learnings through a variety of media and forums, for all our programmes and operational departments. 

SAEP consists of two, sister non profit organisations

SAEP (SA), the organisation’s operational arm, is a registered NPO (non-profit organisation) and PBO (public benefit organisation). Contributions are tax-deductible under Section 18A of the Income Tax Act,1962, and can earn B-BBEE points in the Socio-Economic Development (SED) and Skills Development categories in accordance with the 2013 Broad Based Black Empowerment codes. 

SAEP (USA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation that raises funds to support SAEP’s work and reports on how the funds are used. It is a separate legal entity that shares SAEP’s educational goals. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.