Cycle 4 RAM
Education is a vital tool that is used in the contemporary world to succeed. It is vital because it is used to mitigate most of the challenges faced in life. The knowledge that is
attained through education helps open doors to a lot of opportunities for better prospects in career growth.
Education should be a means to empower children to become active participants in the transformation of their societies. Learning should also focus on the values, attitudes
and behavior, which enable individuals to learn to live together in a world characterized by diversity and pluralism.
Rural areas are characterised by various factors that negatively influence that delivery of quality education. Typically rural areas are remote and relatively underdeveloped. As
a result, many rural communities and their schools are poor and disadvantaged, lacking basic infrastructure, some roads and other transport, electricity and information and
communication technology. The socio-economic realities of rural areas put learners in rural schools at a disadvantage.
Functionally illiterate and innumerate parents are mainly found in our rural areas.
In addition, many rural communities lack the professional help, and support, governance structures, books and learning materials that they need to provide the necessary
support and care for learners.
The Constitution (South Africa, 1996), and the South African Schools Act (South Africa, 1996) and various policy documents say that all South African learners should have
access to the same quality of learning and teaching, similar facilities and equal educational opportunities. However, this is not yet the case. Many of these problems are linked
to socio-economic factors such as poverty and unemployment, and also have a direct influence on the quality of education that is available to children and the role the principal
should play under these circumstances.
The following are examples of rural challenges: Distance to towns, Topography, Transport infrastructure and Access to services and facilities (electricity, water, sanitation).
Poverty is an issue that more and more of our nation’s children are coming face to face with. The price that children of poverty must pay is unbelievably high. Increasing numbers
of children enter rural schools with needs from circumstances, such as poverty, that schools cannot meet. Some of the factors related to poverty that may place a child at-risk for
academic failure are: very young or low educational level parents; unemployment; abuse and neglect; substance abuse; dangerous neighbourhoods; homelessness; mobility; and
exposure to inadequate or inappropriate educational experiences.
Mobility / Transportation can be more than just a means of getting from point A to B. Transportation interventions can be a “catalyst for development” through helping to increase
attendance in the classrooms. In South Africa, for example, while the reasons for school absenteeism are varied, the five most commonly cited reasons by school principals, district
officials and provincial departments are: poverty, lack of parental involvement, food insecurity and transport.
We realize the dire need for basic resources in the rural parts of the Cape Winelands area and would like to support impoverished farm workers and their families.
Together we can make a real, sustainable difference!
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“In life, we leave a legacy to our children, we leave our footprints wherever we travel, and we leave our fingerprints on every heart we touch.” ― Pat Patrick