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Makgatho Primary School | Atteridgeville

Education project

The Makgatho Primary School is a primary school in the township of Atteridgeville, creating a place of learning and growth for around 1500 children from the Pretoria area.

The township schools

South Africa’s education system still bears the legacy of apartheid. As a result, state schools in the townships are mostly poorly equipped, classes are overcrowded and teachers are poorly paid. Most of the children come from poor backgrounds, making education one of the few opportunities to build a life for themselves.

What you can expect

As a volunteer you will have direct contact and influence on the development of the children, quickly immersing yourself in their daily life and culture. You are in charge of the school library and are responsible for the reading project. The acquisition of reading skills is essential for the school education and the future of the pupils. You are also responsible for leading tablet classes and planning and running the Soul Buddyz Clubs. Your support is also needed for administrative tasks in the office, project days or excursions. Above all, you will have the opportunity to get involved, be creative and implement your own concepts pedagogically.

About the project

The school stands for a lifelong learning process under the motto “Imfundo yinthutuko (Zulu) – Thuto ke tšhwelopele (Sepedi) – Education is Success” and thus communicates to the pupils and their parents that good school education can create perspectives for the future. Every day the young staff works to create a good learning atmosphere and an afternoon programme. Thus, Makgatho offers, besides educational opportunities, also a home. Each child receives two warm meals a day, as well as a free school uniform in the first year of school. The school grounds include a large sports field, a vegetable garden and a school library. The school is mainly financed by donations and cooperation with various foundations. The Soul Buddyz Clubs, a health policy corporation, are also a major component. The Soul Buddyz Initiative has been in existence since 1992 and is a cross-school programme that raises awareness of problems within the community, such as alcohol abuse, bullying and HIV. Above all, the children in the Soul Buddyz Club learn who they are and how strong a community can be.

What you bring along

You will be working with

Pre-school children up to grade 7

Working Languages



Sakweng & Mofokeng Street
Saulsville, Pretoria

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Makgatho Primary School always had a warm hug, a happy lunch break and the school management had an ambitious plan for its students. I accompanied them for a year in the library with a study group and remedial teaching, and I fondly remember the lively and courageous students who learned, shared and danced with me.
Henriette Bley
North-South-volunteer 2018/19
Makgatho took me in from the beginning and was like a second home. I learned and laughed a lot about myself, from and with the children in that short time and I am very grateful for every single day.
Rhea Schönherr
North-South-volunteer 2019/20

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