The Social Capital Network – Education Fund has been set up in June 2017 to assist adolescent girls and young women access funds to further their education.
Social Capital is commonly known as the “glue that holds communities together” i.e. Ubuntu – “a person is a person because of others”. The network operates from a premise that once given an opportunity to study, girls and young women would be given a fair chance to become contributing leaders to the well-being of this country. The network prioritizes girls and young women (up to the age of 35 years) from South Africa living in previously disadvantaged communities with a proven need for assistance and record of resilience and drive.
It is operational in 2 provinces namely Gauteng (GP) and the Western Cape (WC) and focuses on 3 community sites in those provinces namely Zandspruit (GP), Diepsloot (GP) and Kensington (WC).
MISSION AND VISION
A country where every adolescent girl and young women have an equal opportunity to educate themselves regardless of age, race, economic status and special need.
Advancing equity for adolescent girls and young women through advocacy and educational support.
The goal of the Education Fund project is to support adolescent girls and young women access funds to further their education through high quality and comprehensive mentoring, monitoring and evaluation. The following objectives will contribute to achieving the goal:
To provide financial, psychosocial and educational support to 5 adolescent girls per year to complete their secondary education;
To increase the number of young women receiving financial, psychosocial and educational support to 5 recipients per year between the ages of 18-35 years.
To build networks of other types of support (at least 1 other support structure per funding recipient) to enhance their chances to excel in their funding period.