South Africa + awesome youth + education; the only thing missing is you!
A Department of Basic Education report shows that in South Africa less than a third of students finish grade 12 by the age of 18.
At Inkululeko, we contribute to changing this in the new South Africa by meeting tomorrow’s leaders, where they’re at, today. We offer free tutoring, access to computers and the internet, transportation, exam prep, a library of text books and regular books (and snacks too!) to young people beginning in grade eight and remain with them through grade 12.
About Your Role
As a volunteer for this project, you will tutor High School students via Google Meets or Zoom during the designated center tutoring sessions. Tutors are needed in Life Sciences (Biology), History, Economics, Accounting, Business Studies, Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry), Tourism and English. The highest need is currently for tutors in Mathematics and Geography.
Tutoring sessions are 45 minute long and take place on Tuesdays and Wednesday starting at 9:30am EST (3:30pm South African time). Three South African High School students will be assigned to participate in your session based on topic and level. Since the South African curriculum may be slightly different, you will have access to Term Plans by subject. Reviewing these term plans will be useful for tutors who want to prepare and familiarize themselves with the content before the tutoring sessions. Interested tutors will also have the opportunity to develop and teach lessons in collaboration with South African colleagues of Inkululeko.
Let us tell you about Asanele. He’s an Inkululeko learner who loves to talk about Albert Einstein and counts Elon Musk among his idols. Asanele is serious about science. When we took him to the National Science Festival he asked so many questions, the presenter was getting annoyed so he whispered to other people questions that he wanted to have answered -- so they could ask.
A few years ago, with our help, he went – quite nervously – to a National Science Competition where he competed against other accomplished young people. He won – big. Asanele got a four year scholarship to any institution in all of South Africa.
Each year, when Inkululeko re-opens, there are far more applicants than spots available. We want to work with people like you to expand our capacity to serve more young people each year.
After all, we know there are more Asanele’s out there. We’re hoping you can help us reach them.
There are many customizable possibilities for what your project outcome could be. A Research Poster or Narrated PowerPoint are great ways to showcase a project of this sort. ELN staff will be glad to help you decide on the option that is best for you.
|Length of commitment||Flexible, about a semester |
|Start time||June 1|
|In-person, remote, or hybrid? ||Remote|
|Level of collaboration||Individual student project|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students|
Experiential Learning Network
127 Capen Hall
Phone: (716) 645-8177
This project is for students interested in collaborating with a global Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).
Please be sure you identify your project as a Global NGO Project when you sign up to start the digital badge.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.
Before getting started, you should review the Tutor Training and Session Structure document.
In addition to reviewing the document above, if you're keen to join us, we have an orientation guide that we share. It's all online and features information about our program, about our theory of change and some context on South Africa. You should also review the materials below: