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Are Children Locked into the Destiny Their Circumstances Predict?

On the 16th of June, 1991, a beautiful baby boy was born to a 16-year old mother in a township. His upbringing was tough; some days he didn’t know if he would have anything to eat, his bed was made of pillows laid on the floor and there were times he didn’t have shoes to wear. While his friends had toy cars, he had

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Cultivating “The Five Minds for The Future”

Education needs to be transformed if it is going to adequately equip our future generations for the 21st century. While the skills and knowledge traditionally taught within the educational system remain crucial, it is essential that these are coupled with the development of qualities, such as the ability to continue learning and adapting, creativity, collaboration and social understanding. Howard Gardener, renowned psychologist, researcher and

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You’re Keeping the Spirit of Ubuntu Alive in South Africa

Simply sharing your life with the children and staff of The Philile Foundation (Philile) is keeping the spirit of Ubuntu alive in South Africa. Originating from an Ancient African philosophy, “Ubuntu” means, “I am because we are”. This is the essence of humanity; we need one another to survive and thrive.  “Connection is why we’re here, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our

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When The Experiences of Two Passionate Educators Collide

Meet Bonita, a teacher at Reddam House Waterfall who is “fired up” to share her experience and expertise with the staff and children at Philile Diepsloot. Having taught in both rural and private schools in South Africa and gained teaching experience in the UK and Middle East, she brings a wealth of experience. Working with different cultures and having access to limited resources at

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A Well-Rounded Day of Fun for The Children at Philile 

We recently had the privilege of being visited by a team of high school students who came all the way from America to serve our Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres. The Wesleyan School, based in Atlanta Georgia, sends a team to South Africa every second year on a mission trip. Two of their days involve running a fun-filled and interactive programme with the children

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Five Ways to Break the Cycle of Poverty (without donating money)

You do not have to part with your money to help break the cycle of poverty. Money does help when it comes to supporting worthy organisations, but in many cases it is actually known to perpetuate the cycle of poverty by encouraging dependency. You can help people take steps out of poverty by being intentional about the following:   Relationship: It is widely known in

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You Are Helping South Africa Take Steps Towards Prosperity

Skills development is vital to eliminating poverty and reducing inequality. This is recognised universally by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where SDG 4 highlights the need to “substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills”. In South Africa, it is emphasised in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, there is an entire Act on it and it is one of

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Why Early Education is Critical to Future Success

Changes in globalisation, technology and work are rapidly transforming the world we live in. This ‘new’ world either holds the promise of a beautiful future that is more connected, efficient and equal, or a future of struggle and increased inequality, as unprepared communities are unable to keep the pace. The answer to avoiding the latter and harnessing the former lies in transforming the education

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Crossing the Monitoring and Evaluation Bridge in Education – Together

Is there a point to an educational intervention if it doesn’t arrive at the destination it was created for in the first place? Dreaming up a vision to build into the lives of our future generations can be simple, especially in a country like South Africa, where there are so many young minds ripe with potential. It might even come naturally to develop solutions

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Joining Hands with Philile Hillbrow’s “Mother of Nations”

Partnership with The Philile Foundation means joining hands with individuals who are working to create resilient communities. Nozizwe is one such individual. She has been volunteering at Philile Hillbrow, which is based at The Children’s Memorial Institute, for the past three years. When she married the eldest of thirteen, she chose not to have children of her own, as her mother-in-law needed help raising

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