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Monday, 11 February 2019 09:37

Scoring education goals through social upliftment

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Scoring education goals through social upliftment

It’s a very bleak reality across South Africa that low standards of education offered to the disadvantaged can become a poverty trap. Although a constant bone of contention, with efforts being made by many parties within our country to better the situation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), still places us at number 75 out of 76 countries worldwide with substandard education – a massive cause for national concern.  

So, what do we do to stop this constant cycle, to combat the ripple effect caused by the pitfalls within our system? How do we begin to eradicate poverty, promote economic growth and fit the building blocks of quality education into place?  We start a soccer match. 

Proudly sponsored by Hansgrohe SA, the Young Bafana Soccer Academy provides youngsters from some of the poorest areas in the Western Cape a chance to erase the penalties of poverty and make tangible life changes. Youth between the ages of 5 and 19 years old now have a place where their potential can be harnessed, through education, life skills and youth development programmes; all whilst honing their soccer skills.  

“Our programmes are designed to help individuals develop holistically, build confidence and keep active”, says founder Bernd Steinhage, “Our ultimate goal is to ensure that each participant passes Matric with an exemption so that they can potentially further their studies at tertiary educational institutes.” 

The academy works closely with a psychometric professional to provide students with career guidance suited to them through aptitude tests. Academically, the academy offers Maths and English tuition supported through Somerset West Private School and Maths Man, and players with both literacy and numeracy difficulties are assessed and provided with programmes to address these issues. The academy also has two full time teachers who are on hand to provide academic support to any of the beneficiaries. 

And the best part? The students get to not only polish up their academic skills, but their soccer ones too. The soccer programme includes training five times a week, along with soccer kits for the players. Safe transport to and from their homes ensures that they never have to miss a session and each and every player receives a meal at every practice session. In fact, good nutrition is so important at the Academy, that they are currently looking to employ a full-time nutritionist who will ensure that each student has a great nutritional grounding that will keep them in top form, both physically and mentally. Whether they have high hopes of becoming Bafana Bafana’s next goal kicking superstar or are there to have fun with their friends while learning, the Academy offers them a safe space to put aside their economic struggles and just enjoy themselves, scoring an education along the way.

Thanks to the unwavering dedication of Steinhage and his team, the boys at the Young Bafana Soccer Academy are embracing their academic futures and kicking poverty to the curb – one goal at a time. 

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About the Hansgrohe Group
With its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, the Hansgrohe Group, based in Schiltach/Southern Germany, enjoys a reputation as a leader in innovation, design and quality within the bath and kitchen industry.Products of the Hansgrohe Group distinguish themselves through the utmost in quality in form and function and award-winning design, and they create many options for individualised interior design. Hansgrohe brought design to the bathroom and has significantly influenced the way we perceive bathrooms. A number of the world’s most successful designers work for the Hansgrohe Group, including Philippe Starck, Antonio Citterio, Jean-Marie Massaud and Patricia Urquiola. Phoenix Design, the number one design studio according to the 2014 - 2018 iF creative ranking, has also for decades been active as a design partner for the group. These designers’ creativity and their perceptions of the bathroom enable the Hansgrohe Group to continue to set trends and produce innovations. This is why the Hansgrohe Group, with its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, has achieved top rankings within the iF WORLD DESIGN INDEX 2014 – 2018 of the International Forum Design (iF). At the iF DESIGN AWARDS 2018, nine AXOR and hansgrohe branded products received an iF DESIGN AWARD 2018. The group’s design competence explains the success of the AXOR and hansgrohe brands in global competition.    

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