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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.

Inspiring Woman Of The Month

Prof. Rachel Jafta (PhD) is a widely respected and award-winning advocate of educational development and growth in South Africa. Prof. Jafta currently serves as a Professor of Economics at the University of Stellenbosch and lends her expertise to a number of committees and training initiatives, including the Rachel's Angels Trust, a Western Cape-based mentorship programme which she co-founded in 2007.

Rachel's career in education began at the University of the Western Cape in 1982, where she took on a student assistant role before being employed as a junior lecturer in economics. She then lectured for many years at the University of Venda, before taking up a lecturing position at the University of Stellenbosch in 1993. During the course of her 19-year tenure at the University, Rachel completed her Masters degree, and then her PhD in Economics.

Spurgeon-Haddon Wilson - Project Manager of Rachel's Angels mentorship programme joined us on the line to tell us more about how Entrepreneurship could positively change the future of SA's youth. Launched in 2007 Rachel's Angels mentorship programme is aimed at Grade 11 and 12 learners, with an emphasis on improving academic abilities and life skills in order to help them to deal more effectively with post-matric challenges. The programme takes place across four months aiming to empower participating scholars with the necessary entrepreneurial skills to make a constructive contribution to the South-African economy. Scholars attend workshops and under the leadership of industry experts, are taught fundamental entrepreneurial skills, tasked with drafting a business plan, identifying a need within their communities; they then develop a product for it. They then given a chance to sell their product at the Rachel's Angels Market Day on April 27th, 2013 with all profits ploughed back into the community.

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