The South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) is a non-profit organisation, based in Cape Town, South Africa. We provide education, life skills, and psycho-social support programmes for children, youth and education providers.

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 Schools (pilot) – strengthening literacy & learning development at primary schools.
  • Hope Scholars – academic tutoring, life skills and career guidance for grades 8 & 9 learners.
  • ADT Teach – using innovative mobile computer labs to teach computer skills in grades 10-12. It is hoped to expand to Grade 9 as of 2016.
  • Arts Outreach – after-school visual art, drama, dance, and music workshops at high schools.
  • Bridging Year – university preparedness and academic literacy skills for recent matriculants.
  • Tertiary Support – promoting retention and success in tertiary studies for programme alumni.
  • SAEP’s Impact Centre supports all of these programmes through monitoring and evaluation, research, and sharing of lessons learnt through a variety of media and forums.

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.