Education To Alleviate Poverty

Education To Alleviate Poverty – Siyakholwa Support Care Centre is a community-based organisation seeking donor support. So that, we can ensure that as many disadvantaged communities, children and young people as possible have access to, and take advantage of, a quality education which enriches their lives now, and opens opportunities for their future, in South Africa.

Statistics & Overview


The number of Orphans, Vulnerable Children, Girls and Youth in disadvantaged communities was estimated at 440,000 in 2015 and projected to increase to 480,000 in 2020. According to the 2017 census, there were approximately 397, 000 children under 18 years of age who had lost one or both parents.

Education To Alleviate Poverty – education for all children is a right, not a privilege.


Article 28 of the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child states that; state parties shall recognise the right of the child to education, and in view of achieving this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity, they shall, in particular:

  • Make primary education compulsory and available.
  • Encourage the development of different forms of secondary education, including general skill development and vocational training.
  • And, make education available and accessible to every child and youth.
  • To take appropriate measures such as the introduction of free education and offering financial assistance in the case of need.

Education To Alleviate Poverty -The Problem


Anecdotal evidence suggests that one of the significant challenges facing caregivers of OVC is their inability to access education and meet the educational needs of the children.

In some cases, an OVC is turned away from educational institutions when they cannot buy uniforms, stationery, food, or sanitation. Secondary school fees are significantly higher than primary school fees, and caregivers find it challenging to cover the costs. It is likely that the inability to pay secondary school-related costs perpetuates the continuous poor performance and dropout rate at the secondary level.

Children can become vulnerable at any time, and for any length of time, during their childhood due to any number of circumstances. As a result, they may be unable to cope with the economic demands of simply caring for themselves, not to mention the emotional and psychological needs associated with their situation.

In such cases, an educational institution is often the only safe and supportive environment on which they can depend. It is, therefore, imperative that these institutions are a place where these children can receive the educational, support, acknowledgement and psychological support they require.

How does education alleviate poverty?


Institutions like ours provide an accessible, safe and conducive learning environment, free of stigma and financial barriers, in which the legislated Code of Conduct for Teaching Service guarantees a culture of care and gender-sensitive education.

Moreover, as custodians of the learners in a learning environment, they must adopt a mindset of being caring and careful. The Ministry of Education should, therefore, ensure that Teachers, Practitioners and Facilitators are adequately trained.

Our Impact


Since the Siyakholwa Support Care Centre foundation in 2010, the organisation has subsequently played a major role in the transformation of disadvantaged communities’ education on school uniforms.

Sanitation pads, food security, food parcel, soup kitchen, skills development, and ECD are done in our centre and Mobile Programmes in South African disadvantaged communities using our mobile vehicles provided by the organisation’s founder.

Siyakholwa Support Care Centre back to education and knowledge programmes campaigns run every January to December.


We currently oversee 44 Mobile learning centres providing BACK TO EDUCATION CAMPAIGNS and education for approximately 4000 children and 7200 young adults in our area.

The context Back to Education and Poverty Alleviation Campaign is situated at the head office in Rondebult ext 2, Germiston with 44 districts of Mobile programmes.




Years of HIV/AIDS and poverty have created many children and youth who are orphans and vulnerable. Their circumstances have forced them to make their way through crime and prostitution in a search for safety, peace, a better life and a future for themselves and their families.

Life for these children and girls is often complicated. Low wages for their parent, exploitation, child labour, human trafficking and difficulty in obtaining ID since 68% of parents passed away due to HIV/AIDS.

All our efforts are focused on providing education free of charge as such it is imperative to have sponsors if you would like to get in touch and become a sponsor, you could help change the lives of those in need.

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