The Association for Educational Transformation is situated in the Western Cape, South Africa. We are a non-profit NGO which aims to provide opportunities for students from disadvantaged communities to realise their full educational potential, and to contribute to the process of educational transformation in South Africa.
There are two core programmes. Both programmes were previously run under the auspices of the Cape Western Region of the SA Institute of Race Relations but gained independence in 2003 under ASSET.
What can you do to help?
Support the Bursary Programme.
The major challenge facing any bursary programme is the annual escalation in the cost of tuition.
Support us through Donating
Our programmes help students in the final years of schooling and those wishing to further their studies in higher education.
Support the Learner Development Programme
The impact of the LDP on learner performance shows consistently those learners who attend, out-perform their peers and thus have a better chance in life.
Please help us to stem the cycle of poverty and to realize the dreams of our youth.
The barriers to accessing tertiary education in South Africa for the majority of black students are huge. Our programmes help students in the final years of schooling and those wishing to further their studies in higher education to break through these barriers and achieve their full potential.
Feedback from Learners
I come to school on Saturdays because when I am at my school there are some things that sometimes I do not understand properly when my teacher is teaching on the weekdays. So Saturday classes are helping me because I ask my teacher on Saturday to explain to me what I don’t understand in a different way as my teacher at school so that I can understand.
I love to be close to my books where there’s no one who will disturb my learning time and as Saturday is a busy time in townships you can’t read your books nicely. I also come to Saturday classes to improve my seriousness with my books.
ASSET helps me a lot. I gain more information that I gain at our school. I want to pass matric so I can go to university. That’s why I come to Saturday school – to learn.
The main thing that brings me to school each and every Saturday is because I want to learn and pass at the end of the year and that’s exactly what ASSET on Saturdays is giving me, to improve the subjects that I don’t perform well in. I would say ASSET is really doing a great job. I’ve seen the result when writing control tests. I used to fail Maths but because of Saturday school, I have learnt much, and I thank them a lot.
I attended the Saturday classes at Bulumko and it was very advantageous for me. The teachers helped me a lot. My school teachers couldn’t explain things the way they did. I got an A symbol for Maths and a B for Physical Science and Geography. I would advise all students to attend. It’s only one day a week but you gain a lot from it.
What I like is that every time I come to Saturday class, there is always something new I learn and I am proud of it.