In 2018, three of our GSP high school graduates began a four-year bachelor degree program at the University of South Africa (UNISA)'s Durban campus. Another of our graduates began a 3-year bachelor degree program at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban also.
Two of our first high school graduates are now in their final year at the University of Johannesburg. These amazing young women are true pioneers -- not only in our program but also in their home community! They are among the first young women from that region to reach this stage, and we're so proud of them!
In October 2017, the 13th annual family Fun Run at partner Mark Day School in San Rafael, California raised all the funds needed for the GSP for 2018, and more! Over 400 participants came out to build school community and support this great cause, which will support 12 more girls in the 5-12th grades in 2018!
GirlScholars' co-founder Lynn West and GSP partner Kliptown Youth Program co-founder Thulani Madondo visited the 5-12th grade GSP students, their families and teacher mentors in their home community in April 2018. Lynn and Thulani also pursued job training options for graduates who are not able to pursue tertiary education.
In late July 2018, another Mark Day School delegation of students, families, faculty and administrators will visit the GSP and its school community for a 4-day visit in Esicabazini. Along with the rest of the eSibonsweni Primary School community, the GSP looks forward to welcoming them all -- including Joe Harvey, Head of Mark Day School, for his first visit to our area.
For the second year, the GSP has engaged Melusi Ndlazi, a very able tutor, to support our high school girls who struggle with math, and to guide the 12th grade girls in particular as they work hard to prepare for their year-end matriculation exams. Those exam scores are the primary determinant in the university admissions process.