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TEACH WITH AFRICA

Transformation Through Education

San Francisco, CA   |  www.teachwithafrica.org

Mission

TO INCREASE ACCESS TO A QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN SO THEY CAN TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES, THEIR COMMUNITIES AND THEIR FUTURE.

Notes from the nonprofit

Without intervention, more than 75% of children in South Africa are destined for a lifetime of poverty. Teach With Africa is working to change that by helping children overcome the socioeconomic barriers to a quality education so they can transform their lives, their communities and their future. Over 50% of South African high school students drop out before graduation. South Africa needs 25,000 new teachers every year – but only 6,000 teachers are trained annually. Less than 25% of mathematics teachers in South Africa are competent at the level they teach. Only 28% of black South African students pass the national high school exit exam, and only 5% qualify for university application. Studies show that there is a strong correlation between teacher quality and student achievement.

Ruling year info

2008

Founder and Board President

Mrs. Marjorie Schlenoff

Main address

5758 Geary Blvd #303

San Francisco, CA 94121 USA

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EIN

26-1649233

NTEE code info

(International Student Exchange and Aid) (Q22)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The travesty of apartheid devastated public education in South Africa. Until Nelson Mandela was elected president in 1992, it was illegal to teach black children math or science under the Bantu Education Act, which was "education for servitude". As a result, South Africa has the lowest math and science scores of any developed country. Teach with Africa works with a remarkable network of schools, the LEAP Schools of Science and Maths, to redress that problem. With volunteer educators from the United States, the LEAP Schools have graduated leaders since 2006: nearly 100 percent of their students pass the national matriculate exam, an astounding number given their impoverished township communities. The LEAP Schools have also developed a social/emotional skills curriculum that surpasses that of most schools in the United States, which contributes to their students' success and which our exchange teachers emulate when they return to their local schools.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Global Teachers Institute

The Global Teachers Institute aims to empower student teachers, current faculty, school leaders, and education organizations globally by refocusing teacher training and professional development on ideas of personal growth and social change.

Population(s) Served
Academics
People of African descent

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

With TWA's Educator Exchange Program, we send teachers to South Africa and bring South African teachers to the United States, to teach and to learn.
Teach With Africa and the LEAP Schools of Science and Maths have jointly created the Global Teachers Institute in South Africa, an international platform dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of teachers throughout the world by delivering teacher training and professional development programs. The Global Teachers Institute aims to empower student teachers, current faculty and school leaders by refocussing professional development on ideas of consciousness and social change, in order to achieve systemic academic gains and educational equality.
The need for quality educators in South Africa is enormous; to meet demands, the country needs approximately 25,000 new teachers a year, but only 10,000 teachers meet the necessary qualifications to teach.

We believe that providing educators with opportunities to share, learn and teach together across contexts and continents is the bedrock for creating teaching excellence.
Since 2007, Teach With Africa has been exchanging educators between South Africa and the United States. South African educators and aspiring educators spend a month in the US, observing teaching practice in the classroom, leading lessons, completing an inquiry-based project on teaching instruction, and sharing their knowledge and perspectives. American teachers spend up to 8 weeks in South Africa as Faculty-in-Residence, engaging with and mentoring teachers in the classroom as well as offering workshops and training on cutting-edge teaching methodologies.
In addition, the jointly created Global Teachers Institute provides formalized training on instructional best practices and educational/school leadership for aspiring, new and leadership-track educators. All professional development and instructional training is created around personal transformation and social change, allowing for the deepening and scale of our impact.

TWA's capacity is greatly enhanced by the ongoing relationship with our core partners in South Africa, the LEAP Schools of Science and Maths and the Global Teachers Institute. Our partnership has been continuous since its inception, and we feel deeply fortunate to work together in a relationship of trust and reciprocity.
Teach With Africa has also developed strong and ongoing relationships with local partner schools, including independent, charter and public schools. These schools provide host teachers and families for our South African Future Leaders, and we are grateful for their continual and generous support.
We also have a loyal base of supporters comprised of individual donors and family foundations who provide our financial capacity and continuity, as well as an extraordinary Board of Directors.

Teach With Africa feels proud of our accomplishments to impact educational equality, both in South Africa and locally. In our partner schools in South Africa, in impoverished townships and rural areas, children who previously had virtually no opportunity for educational success, are graduating from secondary school and attending university. Although the national average for capacity to attend additional education is 48%, the LEAP graduates have now achieved over 90%, with 97% passing the matriculate exam upon graduation. This is particularly striking when similar communities are compared with radically different outcomes (e.g., Diepsloot with a 30% pass rate vs. 90% at LEAP). According to John Gilmour, founder of LEAP, these results would not be as positive without the involvement of the US teachers who volunteer at LEAP and the opportunities afforded to the teachers-in-training who participate in the Educator Exchange in the US.
This year, our board and the board of LEAP have committed to expanding our combined teacher training to challenged schools beyond South Africa. In July, a team from the US and South Africa will travel to Zambia to provide professional development to a community based school that serves impoverished rural children, ages preschool to grade 9. We are also committed to expanding our teacher training for educators of the youngest children, through a partnership under development with the Indaba Foundation and the Indaba Montessori Institute.

Financials

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TEACH WITH AFRICA

Board of directors
as of 01/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Marjorie Schlenoff

Teach With Africa

Term: 2007 - 2022

Larry Schlenoff

Michael Adler

Cannon Cosntructors

Andrew Kowal

Francisco Partners

John Gilmour

LEAP/GTI

Marjorie Schlenoff

Liz Stiverson

TPG

Robert Smith

Kehillah

Maureen Murphy

Ed Collins

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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