On Saturday the 6th of May, SAEP held its annual general meeting at Siyazakha Primary School in Brown’s Farm, Philippi, during which we reflected on our work in 2016. In response to the many social challenges in the communities in which we work, SAEP continued to make a difference in our beneficiaries’ lives. We celebrated a year of great success, and we are proud that throughout our seven programmes we have seen significant positive outcomes.
We opened the meeting with a prayer followed by the national anthem, and then listened to some great stories that were told by our beneficiaries. The beneficiaries and parents who spoke at the AGM attested to the significant impact that SAEP made in their children’s lives. One of the parents, Bongani Baza, stood up for the Siyakhathala Primary programme and spoke about the difference he is continuously seeing in his daughter’s reading abilities since she joined the programme’s Learning Gym.
“I am Mihlali’s father. I have seen changes in her ever since she started with the Learning Gym. She is more confident and is able to do things on time. SAEP has also helped us parents through workshops that motivate us to continue reading with our children at home,” said Bongani.
Ndumiso Ndlovu, a Grade 9 learner from Sophumelela Secondary School spoke about the significant difference that SAEP’s Hope Scholars programme has made in his life. He is grateful for the camps and holiday programmes because they give more opportunity for academic revision and connecting with other learners.
Copies of our recently-published annual report were distributed to the parents, board members and learners who attended the meeting. The theme of the annual report is impacting beyond our beneficiaries. There are many ways in which SAEP’s work in education has made a difference in the communities of our beneficiaries. Through the training sessions, home visits, parents’ gatherings, job shadowing, community murals and community service, there are so many examples of how our impact is felt not only by our direct beneficiaries, but by their families and community networks as well. We shared with the audience our stories of 2016 and concluded with a great performance by SAEP’s Arts Outreach programme learners.
There are many people who have made all our success stories possible. From all of us at SAEP, we would like to extend our immense gratitude to our beneficiaries, supporters, partners and funders. Without you, our work would not be possible. Thank you!
Some of our highlights from 2016:
Early Childhood Development Programme
Siyakhathala Primary Programme
Hope Scholars Programme
ADT Teach Programme
Bridging Year Programme
Tertiary Support Programme