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R1 million  support for Christel House South Africa by Dell


Dell South Africa continues empowering new possibilities for youth at Christel House SA with a donation of R1 000 000.00


Stewart van Graan, General Manager of Dell Africa, addressed the students of Christel House South Africa during a handover event at Christel House SA. The main aim of Christel House SA is to break the cycle of poverty by equipping learners with tools to build a life of dignity, success and self-sufficiency.



Stewart van Graan, GM of Dell Africa, addressed the students of Christel House South Africa about the donation Dell South Africa provided and mentioned that Dell South Africa is focused on developing literate and connected communities centred on quality education.


This is the third year that Dell is partnering with Christel House by investing a further R1 000 000.00 to its cause. By providing access to technology, the Christel House learners, who with the help of the school are being shaped to become leaders in our country, Dell believes that it is achieving this objective.


According to Stewart van Graan, General Manager of Dell Africa: “Our initiatives to support learning aim to provide new possibilities for our youth by bridging the gap between the technology haves and the have-nots. Dell hopes to take learning and technology to the next level at Christel House South Africa by enabling, inspiring and preparing the students to connect, learn, and grow with their peers.”


This initiative forms an integral part of Dells “Powering the Possible” programme and initiatives, aimed at addressing the existing need to equip young adults with both life and educational skills through a combination of Dell donated technology, expertise and employee volunteerism. It provides the opportunities for young people to discover new possibilities, change their lives, and unleash their true potential, giving them a future to look forward to. Dell is a proud supported of Christel House SA.




Christel House South Africa Matrics 2012


Christel House South Africa (CHSA), a Cape Town-based school for disadvantaged children, leads the way with a matric pass rate more than 20 percent above the national average, thanks to its holistic approach to teaching Christel House South Africa, is trouncing national averages with its matric results and proving that poverty does not have to be an obstacle for South Africa’s children.
Our  CHSA students come from below the poverty line, turned in a near perfect pass rate of 97 percent, 21 percent above the national average - they also achieved an 84 percent pass rate for mathematics, an area that continues to struggle nationally, as the 54 percent pass rate shows.

CHSA will achieve a 100 percent matric pass rate overall if one of their students pass a supplementary examination in February 2013.

Ronald Fortune, Principal of Christel House, says the 2012 results vindicate the school’s philosophy that it is possible to break the cycle of poverty through properly managed education which focuses on developing children rather than just teaching them a curriculum.

“The majority of South African children to some degree grow up facing a lack of opportunity, a lack of dignity, of good health and of positive role models which all play their role in keeping young people from achieving success.

Against this backdrop, Christel House owes its continued success to its unique take on education.”

“By realising and accommodating for the fact that social problems in students’ backgrounds are a significant feature in the hindrance of positive school results, Christel House endeavours to empower children through longitudinal work that requires tremendous commitment and long-term involvement by dedicated professionals,” Ronald Fortune Principal of CHSA High School.

Top achiever, Precious Mlonyeni, who plans to enrol at the University of the Western Cape to study her BSc, says that being raised by a single mother who works as a domestic worker to support both her and her brother, means that without Christel House it is unlikely she would have been able to obtain the level of success that she has.

“Teachers at Christel House in particular make a huge difference. For them it’s not about just doing the hours and them going home, they truly go the extra mile to help students achieve their goals – they go beyond the call of duty to ensure we have the support to achieve our potential,” Mlonyeni says.

At Christel House learners are in a safe and nurturing environment, and the school provides them everything from three meals a day to art therapy and nature walks, HIV awareness, life skills and community service initiatives (in addition to the usual curriculum).

Read more (http://www.ngopulse.org/article/poverty-no-barrier-christel-house-matrics)  




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Supporting quality education on the Cape Flats

PPC is continually searching for new projects with similar growth potential. The company is a firm supporter of education as one of the most important building blocks of the economy.  The majority of poor South African children attend schools that quite simply do not have the capacity to provide quality education. This year, PPC initiated a new partnership with Christel House, an independent school in Cape Town that has an excellent track record of providing quality education for children from extremely challenging backgrounds. Situated within some of the most impoverished communities on the Cape Flats, Christel House offers an holistic education model designed to nurture and develop learners from distressed households, giving them the chance to break out of the cycle of poverty and deprivation.


To qualify for acceptance, children must come from households of eight or more dependents where the monthly income does not exceed R2 500. It is understood that children from such dire situations rarely arrive without significant educational deficits, often compounded by parental neglect, domestic violence, and substance and sexual abuse. Christel House’s approach is to provide an educational intervention that, in addition to formal learning, fosters a sense of confidence, dignity and self-sufficiency among learners.


While the school follows the national curriculum, it spends up to 30% more instructional time on maths and languages than the Department of Education requires. Physical education and cultural activities, such as music and dance, are also part of daily learning, particularly since these modalities are effective in reducing at-risk behaviours common within surrounding communities. In addition, Christel House supports its learners for five years after their graduation. This allows them to pursue tertiary education and aids them during their initial working years. Ultimately, the success of the school comes down to the ability of highly skilled and enthusiastic educators to nurture the potential of learners and provide them with a solid foundation to successfully pursue their dreams.


The fortunate four

In 2013, PPC gave four grade 8 learners – Vuyolwethu Blaai, Tameeca Hendricks, Mihlali Kotshe and Lauren Daniels – the opportunity to break out of their current circumstances by funding their education at Christel House for the next five years. PPC is encouraging these talented learners to pursue their interest in engineering, as the company is looking for female engineers to join them in the future.


For these four learners, a potentially life-changing path has been opened up. While many difficult challenges will no doubt confront them over the next five years, they will be motivated by witnessing the annual graduation of fellow students and the return of graduates who have already gone on to achieve successful careers.



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