Media24 Rachel's Angels Trust involves senior students from Stellenbosch University who act as mentors in a programme aimed at grade 11 and 12 learners. The programme enables learners to improve their academic ability and to build life-skills. The two-year mentor/protégé relationship operates within a supportive framework of workshops covering topics like self-esteem, motivation, improved study techniques and the training of mentors. The programme also includes regular visits to the university campus, attendance of lectures and exposure to the world of business. Through this process – consisting of experiential learning, mentoring by peers, exposure to academic life and the realities of the business world – students (mentors) and learners (mentees) are taught valuable skills that will equip them to play a meaningful role in society.
The trust, currently operating only in the Western Cape, aims to take high school education to a level of excellence. The originators of the project, which is run in association with Stellenbosch University, were Prof Rachel Jafta of the university's department of economics; Koos Bekker, CEO of Naspers; and the late Prof Jakes Gerwel. The trust 'adopt' previously disadvantaged schools and help them to develop efficient leadership structures to unlock learners' potential.
Schools participating in this programme and who comply with the programme's requirements at the end of each cycle will be rewarded with empowerment shares.In this way the Media24 Rachel's Angels Trust invests in the participating schools' leadership potential and makes a long-term investment in the financial well-being of the schools and their learners. Likewise, mentors who successfully complete the cycle receive empowerment shares.
• To date the trust has improved the lives of more than 504 learners, 300 mentors and 28 schools.
• Since 2007 the matric pass rate has increased from 92% in 2009 to 100% in 2013.
• Since the inception of the programme more than R12 million-worth of shares have been awarded to schools in the Western Cape.
• Since 2009 more than 188 000 of shares has been awarded to University of Stellenbosch students, who successfully completed the two year cycle.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAIRPERSON
The Rachel's Angels empowerment project aims to contribute towards the building of excellence in high school education in the Western Cape. The programme includes regular campus visits, attending lectures and exposure to the world of business in the form of an entrepreneurial day, where learners are required to develop business plans and run a small business. Through this process – experiential learning, mentoring by peers, exposure to academic life and the realities of the business world – students and learners are taught skills that will adequately equip them to play a meaningful role in society.
With this website, we aim to keep you informed and motivated. Visit us regularly to see what the learners and mentors have been up to.
To all the students and mentors, you are now part of Rachel's Angels. We invite you to join us in a very unique adventure. This is your chance to discover and develop yourself in the company of people who take pleasure in helping others; people who have chosen excellence as a lifestyle.
So, take the chance, give a little of yourself and you will enjoy the well-deserved fruits of your efforts.
All the best,
Prof Rachel Jafta
Chairperson of the Rachel's Angels Trust