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.