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The Need

South Africa is characterised by notable educational deprivation due to the following reasons:

  • Large numbers of children do not have access to pre-school’s and of those that get the opportunity, many do not complete the primary cycle.
  • The quality of education cannot always be ensured and an enormous gap exists between the number of pupils graduating from school and those mastering a minimum set of cognitive skills.
  • Most families do not have the time, resources or knowledge to give attention to school readiness strategies for their children.

Our Solution


At Philile we want to see children grow into adults with focus and ambition; a generation who eagerly seek opportunity and shape their future. We propose to do this through offering quality pre-school education in disadvantaged communities. We aim to help close the achievement gap between privileged and underprivileged children, using tools and systems that can be replicated and shared across the city in varied contexts.
We have a holistic view of education and believe that physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual and social development are all important aspects of a complete education. We therefore provide daily nutritious meals and aim to create a safe haven for children during week days and at the ‘after care’ programme.

 Staff training & development

We see a need to set and maintain high standards of education in pre-schools. By providing curriculum, resources, training, accountability, safe environments and ample space, we believe that we will see this goal achieved.

 The wider community

 We understand the importance of, and see the need for training and development of pre-school educators in order to motivate, instil and inspire a culture and love for education of future generations.
Alongside offering quality pre-school facilities, Philile desires to engage in other issues that affect the communities in which it is based; where there is need and we can assist, we hope to work alongside other organisations, as well as initiate our own projects that complement the pre-schools. Use of facilities for adult based education, distribution of food and clothing to families and individuals in distress, supporting the work of social welfare, mobile clinics and fun days are just a few of the ways that we are pursuing our wider community involvement.

South Africa

  • In 2015, South Africa had an estimated total GDP of R4545.07 trillion * and an estimated population of 54.9 million people *.
  • 54% of our population live on less than R779.00 per person per month **.
  • 46,3% of South African children aged 0 – 4 years attend day care or educational facilities outside of their home *.
  • In South Africa only 17 out of every 100 young children in the country have access to any kind of preschools.
  • Only 43 out of every 100 (black South African) children who start school, actually reach grade 12.
  • 40% of children do not obtain basic literacy and numeracy skills.
  • 27% of children under the age of 5 in South Africa are stunted due to long-term malnutrition *.


Johannesburg is the economic powerhouse of not only South Africa, but Southern Africa. Generating approximately R385bn GDP;

  • More than half the households in Johannesburg – a city of 4.8 million people – earn R1 600 or less a month*.
  • Almost one in five residents live in informal settlements.
  • 18% of residents aged 20+ do not have schooling beyond primary school **.