Mpho is an 11 year old girl with an infectious smile who loves multiplication and drawing houses. Her smile she got from her mother, Ntando. Ntando works 8 hour shifts at a factory in the inner city; she comes home late and makes dinner for Mpho and her four sisters, before cleaning her own home and putting the kids to bed. No matter how much Ntando would love to spend time helping her children learn and grow, there simply aren't enough hours in a day for single mothers. And with much of their studies, Ntando couldn't help anyway: she herself left school at age 14, and already speaks less English than Mpho.
Almost every child at Leopard Tree has a story like Mpho's.
Extensive pedagogical research shows that young learners require many hours of daily intellectual stimulation in order to grow and develop to their full capacity: stimulation that, sadly, often doesn't happen in inner-city schools in over-crowded classrooms. So every child like Mpho is disadvantaged from the very beginning... unless we change the story. At Leopard Tree, an extensive after-school programme with dedicated tutors and exciting activities provides the kind of intellectual nourishment that can change a child's life forever, and unleash her natural talent.
Mpho needs a helping hand - will you reach out and give her yours?
The Leopard Tree Learning Centre is an education lab in the heart of the city that is developing low-cost best practices in learning and teaching. Through an intensive after-care programme, Leopard Tree will develop a scalable pedagogical model that will teach foundation literacy and numeracy in high-impact schools across the country.