Our collaborative approach
Where Bright Start succeeds and other bursary or sponsorship programmes fail, is in its holistic approach to improving a child’s education. Through corporate and private sponsorship, we support historically disadvantaged children in and out of school, to ensure they are given every opportunity to reach their very best potential. Our successful partnership with 11 schools means that we are able to consider the best school for each child, thereby paving a way for them to university, further education or a career.
And it’s not only the children who benefit. The Bright Start Educational Support Programme changes the lives of entire families and effects change in the wider community of Hout Bay and beyond. Our children come from families in the townships of Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu, who value education and the opportunity for change that a good education offers. Their commitment to, and investment into the program, is an integral part of the success of any Bright Start child.
What we offer
Access to quality education
Bright Start has placed 36 children into a total of 11 fee-paying schools across Cape Town.
Academic & personal mentoring
Qualified mentors are on hand to support the children with any academic, social or personal challenges. Regular one-on-one meetings address issues.
Safe & reliable transport
The Bright Start bus gets children to school on time. We also transport them to out of school activities, the Bright Start office for homework sessions or meetings, to health practitioners and then drop the children home safely.
After school activities
Swimming, ballet, karate, music, soccer, plus extra academic support in Mathematics and Literacy.
Children can do their homework from the office and use the internet.
Access to health facilities
Children can’t learn if they’re sick, in pain or can’t see properly. Our health practitioners kindly ensure our children are in tip top shape.
School uniform & stationery
Bright Start funds school uniform and stationery at the start of Grade 1 (primary school) and Grade 8 (secondary school).
Outings & birthday parties
It’s not all work! We love Bright Start children to experience the wonderful world they live in and to be able to welcome their school friends to celebrate their birthdays, like all children do.
We help parents help their children by supporting them with workshops and mentoring.