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—not only 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 dynamic citizens the world needs.