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 creating globally competitive schools in some of the most underserved communities and set a radically new benchmark for teaching and learning in South Africa.
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: Jeppestown our flagship primary school. By the end of the first term, our results indicated that our first learners—who came in with limited or no early childhood development—are catching up to international benchmarks in Numeracy and Literacy.