The Get Ahead Project is an independent school for Grade 0 to Grade 12 situated in the rural town of Whittlesea in the Eastern Cape with a second campus in Komani.
When the lockdown commenced, the school started teaching remotely via WhatsApp with voice notes, text messages and short videos. However, it soon became clear that data was a problem for some families. The school decided to print booklets with learning material, and created an educational pack that included an exercise book and stationery.
With many of its pupils living with their grandparents, the school delivered these packs to the Whittlesea Spar for grandparents to collect when they went grocery shopping, in doing so making it as easy as possible for pupils to have uninterrupted education.
The Get Ahead Project's Komani campus, roughly 40 km away, delivered their booklets at a wholesaler in Queenstown for parents to collect.
The school also provided food parcels and data to families in despair. Money was raised for this by completing a virtual stepathon.
The schools made educational care packages which they delivered to local hospital and clinics. These packs were for children in hospital without something to keep them distracted from their health situations.
"Our vision is to be a school where every child feels worthy and validated and we feel that we have successfully lived up to this vision during the pandemic," said school fundraiser Vicki du Preez.
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