Ubuntu Education Fund commits to build upon its significant impact through Vision 2020: The Standard for Community Transformation. Over the next five years, Ubuntu will invest $5.4 million in addition to its core operating budget to expand the Ubuntu campus, deepen its impact, and amplify the Ubuntu Model around the world through six key growth areas:
1. Expand the Early Childhood Development (ECD) program. Ubuntu will build three classrooms, double the number of hours of programming, increase class size by 40%, install a gymnasium and playground, and hire three teachers to provide individualized interventions to 500 children aged 2-5.
2. Partner with a high-performing primary school that children will enter once they graduate from ECD, providing 240 children with world-class education from kindergarten through high school.
3. Build a state-of-the-art Centre for Ubuntu Pathways, Ubuntus vocational-training and placement program for out-of-school youth. Ubuntu will formalize an employment pipeline through hiring an Employment Engagement Lead (responsible for solidifying existing networks as well as securing additional employment partners); hire four staff members; reach 750 youth; and attain an 85% placement rate for graduates into full-time and part-time employment.
4. Create the Ubuntu Institute, an incubator program that will develop promising leaders to build community institutions capable of delivering sustainable change. With assistance from The Bridgespan Group, Ubuntu has conducted extensive research and created a detailed implementation plan, which the organization is currently finalizing.
5. Establish an institutional sustainability fund to ensure long-term impact and drive innovation
6. Expand clinical services to provide transformative support to 2,000 orphaned and vulnerable children and their families. This includes everything from primary and preventative healthcare to all-encompassing prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) program for pregnant mothers to comprehensive psychosocial support. Ubuntus cradle to career health and household stability programs form the backbone of Vision 2020, ensuring that children are on-track towards healthy, stable futures.
Ubuntus Vision 2020 commitment will run from August 15, 2016 to July 14, 2021. To launch ECD Expansion, Ubuntu will hire key staff members between September 2016 and September 2017. From September 2016 to January 2017, they will renovate the Ubuntu Centre to build three additional classrooms in their ECD Centre. From January 2017 to July 2021, Ubuntu will carry out new programming based on redesigned curriculum and updated space. Ubuntu has hired a Capacity Coach, who will aid in facilitating this expansion plan as well as re-designing curriculum for the new, age-appropriate classroom space and teaching model.
Ubuntu is in the process of securing a partnership with a high-performing primary school in Port Elizabeth. Depending on when the partnership is formalized, Ubuntu will begin placing graduates of the ECD program into the school in January 2018 or January 2019. From January 2019 onward, Ubuntu will place clients in this school.
In order to expand its vocational training initiative, Ubuntu will purchase adjacent land to the Ubuntu Centre by September 2016. From September 2016- July 2017, Ubuntu will carry out renovations on this land in order to build a world-class vocational training Centre. From July 2017 to September 2017, they will implement a hiring process for new staff members at the Centre as well as develop a new program plan. From September 2017 to July 2021, Ubuntu will deliver a newly designed vocational training and job-placement program. Ubuntu is already re-designing curriculum and has hired an Employment Engagement Lead to formalize an employment pipeline.
Ubuntu is currently finalizing their implementation plan for the Ubuntu Institute, however the program will launch in 2019. Ubuntu has begun to secure funding for Vision 2020 and is in the process of securing multi-year grants to support these initiatives.
More than 13 million of South Africas 18.6 million children live below the national poverty line, and the systemic stressors that arise from this economic hardship greatly burden families. Entrenched in a vicious cycle of poverty, many place all of their hopes for social mobility in education. Yet the same inequality that cripples the nations growth permeates the academic systemwhile South Africas elite study at private academies, poor students living in the townships are forced to rely on overcrowded, underfunded schools. Ever-changing academic curricula, teacher shortages, and a lack of basic resources hinder students ability to learn. Most children in Port Elizabeths townships, specifically, are at least two grade levels behind. Almost 40% of those who reach Grade 12 fail their matric exams, and many who do manage to pass the test often achieve the lowest acceptable score. They are unqualified to attend university and ill-equipped to enter South Africas job market. Whats more, failure to attain a job by the age of 24 drastically reduces chances of ever attaining full-time employment. The vast majority of children growing up in the Port Elizabeth community face a lifetime of financial instability.
With a keen awareness of the multifaceted challenges that vulnerable South African families face, Ubuntu developed the Ubuntu Model. This innovative theory of change encompasses four guiding tenets: cradle to career pathway out of poverty that includes transformative household stability, health, and education programming; depth rather than breadth of scale; localized grassroots development contextualized to mitigate the specific challenges that Port Elizabeths townships face; and sustainable investments in community leadership and infrastructure. Ubuntus long-term impact is evident: every $1 invested in an Ubuntu child yields $8.70 in lifetime earnings. Ubuntu is redefining what is possible for 2,000 disadvantaged children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
In order to fulfill Vision 2020, Ubuntu needs to secure a partnership with a high-performing primary school. Ubuntu is seeking CGI members assistance in determining suitable partnerships. In addition, Ubuntu is seeking additional financial supporters to bolster fundraising efforts, media partners to increase exposure and broaden networks, on-the-ground implementing partners to collaborate with, as well as additional best practice models to enhance Ubuntus cradle to career approach. Ubuntu is also interested in seeking platforms to share Ubuntus best practices, opportunities to further build out a network of partners, as well as increase awareness of the organizations life-changing work.
Ubuntu understands that sharing knowledge, partnering with leaders in the field, and capitalizing on others expertise drives development forward. While Ubuntu will not geographically scale its innovative model, the nonprofits executive team will begin partnering with other community-based organizations to build their capacity and enable them to implement similarly successful models in their specific contexts. Over the next five years, specifically, Ubuntu will launch the Ubuntu Institute, an incubator program that will help entrepreneurs create community-led development programs and promote Ubuntus innovative approach to development. The organization can share best practice lessons from its world-class ECD model to its all-encompassing job training and professional development initiative. Ubuntus expertise in implementing holistic, contextualized community-based interventions to disadvantaged groups will drive a new approach to development. Vision 2020 will serve as a catalyst for grassroots movements across the world.