Africa

TRANSFORMATIVE COMMUNITY BUILDING IN SOUTH AFRICA

 

ORT South Africa (SA) strengthens individuals and communities by improving education, living standards and conditions so that all can choose a better life. Its transformative work focuses on educator empowerment and skills and enterprise development.

Educator Empowerment gives educators the training to advance pupils in the vital areas of math, science and technology. Flagship programs include a four-year math intervention initiative in the Alexandra Township, SEED courses to facilitate life skills learning, Whole School Development for self-study and improvement and the Bill of Responsibilities Projects based on values drawn from the ethos of the New South Africa.

ORT SA successfully empowers people with work-readiness skills, attitude training and financial know-how through its Skill Development programs. This includes preparing high school students for careers as project managers, paralegals, nail technologists, marketing managers and educator assistants.

Building on the collective power of the Jewish community, the JET program promotes enterprise development. Resource efficient initiatives offer an online job search platform, an internet-based business directory with free registration and advertising and business skills workshops given by volunteer business and marketing leaders.

Every year, tens of thousands of young Jewish and non-Jewish South Africans benefit from ORT South Africa programs.