2018 – A SURPRISING YEAR FOR ORT SA

Despite the political and economic instability of our landscape, ORT SA  gathered momentum almost from the start of 2018 and as we journeyed through the year, ORT SA’s achievements continued to grow and our Vision of ‘Educating for Life’ and Mission of ‘Making People Employable’ becoming more and more tangible. It turned out to be an excellent year!

So, thank you to our donors, funders, suppORTers and followers. We are so grateful for your support. Your willingness to assist has played a vital role in the growth of our organization and goes beyond just pure numbers, as lives are impacted. Without your engagement and partnership  we could not have helped 6 800 beneficiaries this year.

 

 Achievements:

59 post matrics gained an average 92.5% pass rate in the Second Chance programme (rewriting of matric mathematics and science). As a result of ORT SA’s intervention, almost half of these students have just completed their 1st year at university!

600 primary and high school pupils in ORT SA’s Extra Mural Coding Clubs, up from 200 Grade 4-8’s in 2017

60 teachers completed the introduction to coding course with ORT SA

200 youth placed in a 1-year work experience positions

6 young women received bursaries to study Education through ORT SA’s affiliate, STET Foundation.

34 unemployed youth learned IT skills including the accredited Cisco IT Essentials

7 high school pupils obtained the Cisco IT Essentials certification

15 Disabled youth get a chance at learning how to run their own business

1285 people participated in an eclectic variety of talks and interesting events which took place at the ORT SA Academy in 2018. This includes an art exhibition, a ‘storytelling’ workshop, digital workshops, a work summit for youth, business training, captains of industry in the ORT SA Boardroom: Simon Sussman (Woolworths), Sylvester Chauke (entrepreneur), James Teeger ( Oppenheimer Trust),

1000 pupils celebrated Mandela Day with ORT SA and Sage

320 teachers trained in Mathematics

2408 pupils assisted in Mathematics in class by ORT SA Facilitators

450 high school pupils trained in New Venture Creation (to start and grow sustainable businesses)

323 Mentors for small businesses

47 new small businesses joined the ORT Jet training programme

TOTAL 2018: 6800

Other exciting happenings:

  • A whole new look for ORT SA – a rebranding exercise in accordance with World ORT
  • An historic affiliation agreement signed between the SABJE and World ORT
  • Overseas visitors and overseas visits for ORT SA affiliates
  • Fundraising events such as the first ever Spinnathon ™ in SA and the 45th ORT SA Golf Classic
  • ORT SA archives and library organized by a volunteer librarian.

The NGO space world-wide is becoming increasingly more difficult to navigate. In South Africa, Education receives the most CSI funding which makes the competition fierce for non-profits. But with your assistance, we are up for the challenge in 2019.

Marcelle Ravid

Marketing and Communications Manager

ORT South Africa