#FeelGoodFriday: Revolutionising the road to excellence
What would happen if a township scholar received an elite education? You'll be amazed...
CAPE TOWN - An excellent education should not be reserved for the elite, but should be the right of every child with ambition and willingness to learn.
A nice idea, but totally unrealistic… right?
Not so. A school with a difference has based its entire mission on this and guess what? It is working.
The African School for Excellence (ASE) has made it its mission to revolutionise education.
By refusing to accept that a great learning experience will remain out of reach of less advantaged students the school has developed a model that is yielding incredible results.
Meet Mveli Nhlapo an orphan from Tsakane, one of the stellar scholars at The African School for Excellence.
Eyewitness News paid a visit to the flagship school, and couldn't believe the ways it's transforming the lives of 170 children.
Many of the learners at the school tested relatively lower than the national benchmark before attending the school.
However, a mere three years later the students have not only caught up, but excelled beyond expectation.
The 2014 Grade 8's tested with learners in a grade above and still came out tops!
The ASE is a non-profit organisation which was founded in 2011 for scholars that still have the hunger to succeed, despite their circumstances like Mveli Nhlapo.
Mveli was born in September 2000.
His mother died when he was only six years old.
He then went to live with his grandparents and his uncle.
But only two years later his uncle also passed away and he finally lost his grandmother in 2012.
Faced with the bleak prospect of growing up alone and futureless, Mveli refused to accept his lot.
He says thanks to ASE he dares to dream. And what do you know? He achieved ASE's highest Maths score on the Grade 9 Annual National Assessment.
Mveli has and continues to rise above his personal circumstances to exemplify the potential of South Africa's youth.
He has dreams of becoming a pilot in the future, and at this rate he will surely soar.
Jay Kloppenberg, the ASE's founder believes beyond any doubt that with the right support, anyone can achieve.
"One thing I am sure of: the problem is not the students. South Africa's townships are filled with exceptionally bright, hard-working learners with enormous potential. The vast majority does not receive the quality of schooling they require to reach their ambitious goals. They fall far short of their considerable potential and wind up justifiably frustrated and angry."