STREETLIGHT SCHOOLS VISION
Improving access to quality education in some of the most underserved communities in South Africa,
so that we may empower all South Africans to transform their lives & communities.
In 2016, we launched one of the country’s most innovative, compassionate primary
schools in Johannesburg, which also serves as an education innovation lab.
We use human-centered design to develop innovative appproaches to education
(curriculum, staffing, training, facilities, 21st century teaching & learning) and
partner with other schools to scale our approaches to empower teachers & learners.
THE STREETLIGHT STORY
When the lights went out at home because her mother wasn’t able to pay the bill, Judy would move outside to finish her homework under a streetlight. Today, Judy is a graduate of Columbia University and a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. She recently bought her mother a new home. But it all started under that streetlight. At Streetlight Schools, we want to be that point of light for learners.
By completely re-imagining standards, environments, and approaches to learning, Streetlight Schools is creating globally competitive schools in some of the most underserved communities in South Africa. With our innovations in Academic Approach, Facility, and Professional Development, we are demonstrating that it is possible to present a new vision for South African education.
Starting in October 2013, in a small store-room in Bjala Square in Jeppestown, we ran a pilot after-school program. In 2015, we launched our Education Lab – a prototype of the school model to test some of our first innovations in our approach.
In January 2016, we launched Streetlight Schools: Jeppe Park, our flagship primary school. Now, our results prove that our learners—who came in with limited or no early childhood development— achieve on international benchmarks in Numeracy and Literacy and are up to 2 years ahead of South African curriculum standards. But more than that – we are developing creative, curious, imaginative, problem-solving, playful, and loving children ready to become the dynamic citizens our world needs.