Our Johannesburg office partnered with a project in the Mafolo area of the Soweto township to help young people access learning, resources and experiences they otherwise couldn’t. Townships are deprived areas where schools are often over-crowded.
Project Naledi is a Saturday school open to children in Soweto which provides extra teaching in school subjects and makes extra curricular activities possible, including ballet, athletics and basketball.
Pinsent Masons provides financial support to the Saturday school, including tutor expenses, catering, transportation costs and equipment. We expanded that contribution this year to include the provision of a librarian for the new library and a sanitation assistant.
There are over 20 tutors working at Project Naledi, and approximately 250 children are enrolled. The Library opened in 2021 and which gives children inside and outside of the programme access to books outside of normal school hours, while the project has also cultivated a herb and vegetable garden supplying affordable produce to the local community.