In a country with severe income disparities, SSP narrows the income gap through broad outreach as well as intensive support and school funding. Each SSP program provides students with the opportunity to fulfill their potential and break the cycle of poverty for themselves, their families, and their communities. Through the only online database of tertiary funding opportunities in South Africa, SSP has its broadest impact - all South African secondary and tertiary students. Through partnerships with over 50 community organizations, SSP provides educational programs, leadership development, and secondary school success training to thousands of low income students and their families. SSP works with other South African scholarship programs to help them implement the core aspects of SSP’s wrap-around support program for their students.
At the deepest level of impact, SSP provides secondary school funding and a significant wrap-around support program to hundreds of high potential, low income students each year. Becoming an SSP Scholar includes five years of tuition at one of South Africa's top public or private secondary schools, towards which the partner school and parents (when possible) also contribute. The cost of tuition alone is R100,000 per year, while the average household income of an SSP family is R150,000, and a third of families make less than R60,000. The wrap-around support program is designed to help both Scholars and their families adjust to and succeed in their new and challenging school environment. Support for Scholars includes an orientation camp, pairing with a successful adult mentor, annual academic camps and ongoing tutoring, course selection preparation, and a dedicated SSP program officer to help guide the child and family. Parents/guardians have their own orientation camp and continue to attend workshops several times a year. Scholars also receive university preparation in grades 11 and 12.At every level of impact, SSP empowers low income students to take control of their education and their future success, and helps families and communities get the necessary tools to support their children.
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CEI approaches in actionFinancingScholarships and financial aidDeliveryStudent supportEducation Financing21st century skills (soft skills)
Model details2000Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumMath/numeracyLiteracy21st century skills (soft skills)ActiveLong-term projectScholarships80550%50%
BeneficiariesOrphans and vulnerable childrenOtherLow-income and economically marginalized children
Partnering with libraries, feeder schools, school districts, and community organizations in townships and other urban areas; joining radio programs to spread word of SSP's programs as widely as possible; and presenting at malls to reach a diverse set of students.
Scale24SSP places Scholars at 24 partner schools around South AfricaJuly, 2016
SSP was founded in 2000 with three partner schools in one province (we now have 24 across 4 provinces), received 300 applications in the first year (we expect to receive 2,000 this year), and placed 25 Scholars in the first year (we now place approximately 40-50 annually). In addition, SSP now provides programming for the large applicant pool to increase their chances of success in secondary school should they not become a SSP Scholar.
SSP aims to consistently place 50 students each year, and steadily grow this number. The applicant pool target is to reach a minimum of 3,000 applicants each year. There are no plans for growing the number of partner schools, but to instead strengthen the core programming and relationships with existing schools.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Each department prepares Key Performance Indicators with associated timelines for annual review and approval by the Board of Trustees.Internal assessment performanceAbility to reach the poorGraduation or promotion ratesStudent retentionCost effectiveness/value for moneyData has been collected, but not on a regular basis.No
One third of Scholars' families are entirely dependent on social grants for household income. Approximately one third live at or below the poverty line, and anotehr third live between the poverty line and double the poverty line. Approximately one third will be the first in their family to graduate from secondary school, and 87% will be the first to obtain a tertiary degree.
99% secondary school graduation rate, compared to 50% nationally. 99% university matriculation rate compared to 18% nationally. 85% university graduation rate, compared to 50% nationally.
Less than 15% of funds are spent on non-program expenses.