Inspiring Woman Of The MonthTrevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency and keynote speaker at Rachel's Angels Trust Annual Lecture held towards end of last year, is also the chairperson of the National Planning Commission's (NPC) document Vision 2030.

One of the key visions of the NPC is improving the quality of education of South Africa.The document highlights the need for educational reform and states, "a diverse set of private, workplace and community-based providers should be supported to offer targeted work-based training, as well as community and youth development programmes."

If schools hope to unlock learner potential they will need to provide support outside of the traditional academic curriculum delivered during class time. According to Spurgeon Wilson, spokesperson for Rachel's Angels, children need a place to engage with teachers in a way that cannot always be achieved during a standard teaching lesson.

There are a few dedicated teachers who offer extra lessons but these cases are very rare. For the most part educators are not willing to invest in the future of their learners beyond the classroom, says Wilson.
A lack of funding and resources are also barriers to providing additional educational support to learners, especially those from previously disadvantaged regions.

Alle Suid-Afrikaners wil die land se jeug bemagtig sodat almal kan voordeel trek uit mense wat goed opgelei is, maar waar kry mens die geld vir hierdie opleiding? Spurgeon Haddon-Wilson vertel vir Naomi Meyer van Rachel's Angels.

Hallo Spurgeon, dankie vir die geleentheid tot gesprek. Vertel asseblief vir ons lesers van Rachel's Angels en wat julle doen. Wat ons hier by LitNet in die besonder interesseer, is julle sterk fokus op die hoër grade. Vertel asseblief vir ons waarom mentorsprogramme vir julle van belang is en watter programme julle aanbied?

Dankie vir hierdie geleentheid, Naomi – dit is altyd vir ons 'n voorreg om ons storie aan die publiek te vertel.

Rachel's Angels is in 2007 in die lewe geroep deur Koos Bekker (besturende direkteur van Naspers) en Rachel Jafta (professor in ekonomie aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch, asook direkteur van Naspers) met die doel om 'n bydrae te maak tot kwaliteit-onderrig in die Wes-Kaap. Koos en Rachel het die skokkende statistieke onder oë gekry dat baie leerders (veral in voorheen benadeelde gemeenskappe) ná graad 12 nie die geleentheid het om by tersiêre instansies te studeer nie (omdat baie nie kwalifiseer nie), en indien hulle wel die geleentheid kry, baie van hulle egter reeds in die eerste studiejaar onsuksesvol is. Dus is daar besluit om 'n mentorskapprogram onder die vaandel van Media24 op te rig en sodoende 'n bydra te lewer tot die holistiese ontwikkeling van ons skole, maar veral leerders in die Wes-Kaap. So het Rachel's Angels tot stand gekom.

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THRONGS of visitors are expected to converge on the Rachel's Angels Market Day when entrepreneurs from 20 schools will showcase their talents.

The bi-annual event will be held on Freedom Day, Saturday 27 April, at Stellenzicht Secondary School in Jamestown, Stellenbosch. Among the schools participating are Grassdale High and Silverstream Secondary schools.

Grassdale High pupils have been working on their concept for the past six months. They will be selling jewellery and temporary tattoos.

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Rachel's Angels Market Day

Bernadino Heights in Kraaifontein will be a hub of activity for young entrepreneurs

The first event of its kind for the Kraaifontein community promises great entertainment and fun for the whole family and will benefit non-profit organisations from the community directly.

Local artists to the likes of Blackkurrant, Chad Saaiman, La Vuvuzela and Axene will share the stage to ensure ongoing music and entertainment for all. Loads of lucky-draw prizes are up for grabs during the day.

All funds will be donated to the Kraaifontein Tehuis community centre for the aged and disabled and the St. Raphael Pre-school Centre in Kraaifontein.

The Rachel's Angels empowerment project aims to contribute towards the building of excellence in high school education in the Western Cape.

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17610 resized axene300The Rachel's Angels Market Day, which will held at Bernadino Heights in Kraaifontein on Saturday 26 March, will feature some of South Africa's hottest performers.

Cape Town muso Chad Saaiman will woo the crowd with songs from his latest album, The Flight. Sharing the stage with him will be the urban band Blackkurrant, young SAMA award winner Axene and top urban act La Vuvuzela . Byron Clarke, a singer himself, will be the MC.

The Rachel's Angels mentees will also be hosting a Mr and Miss Rachel's Angels pageant with contestants from each of the 20 participating schools.

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Die afgelope naweek, Vrydagaand tot Sondagmiddag, is 'n kamp vir Rachel's Angels (RA) by Langebaan aangebied: 140 mentees (graad 11), 140 mentors van die US en 20 onderwysers van 20 skole het die kamp meegemaak onder leiding van prof. Rachel Jaftha, dr. Michael le Cordeur, die trustees van RA, die projekbestuurder, Spurgeon Wilson, asook sy assistente Anthea Jacobs en Marius van Breda.

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I had the privilege of having an interview with one of our 7 Rachel's Angels. In an exclusive interview with Reshonda Lodewyk, I have learned the following.

The project is taking shape and Reshonda responds to my questions:
All identified learners are ready to commit and take part 100%

"We got the best news, we are going to attend a camp at Club Mykonos from 13 April - 15 April 2012, where we will meet up with our mentors from the University of Stellenbosch. (They are all active students and committed to this project.)

"Our mentors will then have the opportunity to get to know us and the purpose of it all is to develop our social skills, educational awareness as well as our emotional capacity to make informed decisions towards our future."

We received the letters late last week and we are so excited and we are humbled by this wonderful opportunity.

Reshonda says: "This opportunity has a big influence on how I feel about my normal school day. I am much more motivated about my school work and the opportunities that lie ahead.

We wish our 7 learners all the best of luck. This is surely an opportunity that must be cherished.

Reshonda Lodewyk Interview

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