IFG Africa is a youth led, education focused, non-profit organisation (NPO: 119-669 | PBO 930045542). The foundation aims to bridge the gap between the rural-township youth and their private schooling counterparts through high impact education programmes. Inspire Academy, Inspire Personal Development, Inspire School Support, and Inspire Career Awareness, have impacted over 23 000 learners in South Africa in the last 7 years.
From inception, Inspire Foundation Group Africa identified and focused on two main challenges faced by high school learners in disadvantaged communities by:
a) Low pass rates in gateway subjects such as Mathematics and Science in the Eastern Cape.
b) Lack of information penetration about education related development programmes
In its initial stages, IFG Africa aimed to solve the above problems; however with time and more research, the foundation identified other areas of impact. From 2014 the foundation established four main focus streams - Inspire Academy, Inspire School Support, Inspire Personal Development and Inspire Career Awareness - to tackle various educational challenges independently.
"To promote academic excellence, develop leadership skills and build a foundation for future generation of African leaders."
Inspire Academy is the Mathematics, Science, ICT and Accounting tutoring entity of Inspire Foundation Group Africa. The Academy was established in 2013 to assist in improving pass rates for higher learning institution gateway subjects in the Eastern Cape Province. Our flagship programme started with one centre, increasing to three centres by the end of 2016 academic year due to high demand for assistance in Mathematics and Science subjects.In June 2017 Inspire Academy launched a new centre in Soweto.
In order to reach our goal of improving Mathematics and Science results in the Eastern Cape province, the foundation aims to established 15 centres in the EC Province by the end of the 2020 academic year. Currently, the academy registers more than 880 learners annually from the Buffalo City Municipality schools and Soweto (Dobsonville) campus.
Inspire Academy mainly focuses on Grade 6 to 12 learners, offering an after school programme that is aligned to the South African schools CAPS curriculum. The Academy offers a conducive environment for studying after school, where learners have access to internet for academic research and university application purposes.
Inspire School Support programme's aim is to assist partner schools in implementing practical programmes in addition to theoretical foundations taught at schools. Additionally, the entity is responsible for acknowledging excellence in schools through merit awards.
The Inspire Career Awareness entity started its work in 2010 at Moses Mabhida High School in Mdantsane (Eastern Cape). Inspire Career Awareness deals directly with the dissemination of critical information to high school learners located in disadvantaged communities and to former model C schools as well. The foundation targets high schools and youth organisations in townships where volunteers can reach. Annually, the foundation embarks on a Career Awareness Tours to various Eastern Cape based partner schools.
The 2014 tour was held in collaboration with one of the SABC radio stations — Trufm. With resources from the University of Cape Town Career Services, the foundation is well equipped to empower learners with information that will impact their career decisions.
Following up from our academic excellence programme under Inspire School Support, the foundation setup the mentorship programme to retain exceptional learners that we have identified over the years. The programme aims to link young professionals with university students, and university students with high school learners. Mentees are adopted from as early as Grade 7 and also Grade 10. The first class of mentees that were identified in 2011 have progressed to top universities in South Africa with guidance and assistance from the foundation mentors.