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Educating Human Beings How to Live With Other Human Beings

South Africa has always been affected by the damage of segregationist education from the Apartheid system. Here children were stunted by learning programmes that were designed to create citizens that were only functionally literate enough to work in domesticated roles or in positions that required limited skills. This form of segregation was designed to create disparity between the majority and the wealthy elite to maintain the huge profit margins between income and staff expense.

These historical issues haunt us today with many of our seniors and adults still struggling with literacy and are often caught off guard by day to day challenges like reading their bills or helping their children with their home-work. Children of illiterate parents are at a greater disadvantage than children of parents who are better educated. But education in South Africa is still a problem.

Previous Issues With Schools in South Africa

It was estimated that 650 000 primary school children in South Africa did not attend school. 40% dropped out before Grade 12 and 60% of the country’s schools did not have libraries. Furthermore 66% of South African schools are still situated in ‘High-crime’ areas, which are plagued with the realities of drugs, abuse, sexual abuse, gangsterism and violence. The South African Human Rights Commission in March 2008 released a damning report that depicted that 63% of schools are exposed directly to gangsterism.

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Whether the mismanagement of our education system is intentional or not, one thing is clear and that it's up to the people to empower themselves and each other. For the nation to be truly liberated, education has to be made a priority. It is education that instills both discipline that channels personal energy towards success and creative thought that frees the mind from environmental bondage. The concept of education needs to be redefined and understood in its proper context. It has to serve the function of equipping people to prosper in the environment to which they find themselves in so that they can impact on the environment and not be the ones impacted.

It’s with this intense motivation that Mustadafin Foundation has committed itself to collaborative forms of education starting with early childhood development centres, branching out into madrassa schools and coming full circle with adult education that includes both literacy and skills training. It’s important to the organization that people become self-sufficient and self-reliant. Mustadafin may have started with disaster relief but also initiated schools and day-cares for the children misplaced in the early disasters of the late 1980’s. Besides continued disaster relief and feeding, staff of Mustadafin Foundation came to realise that communities require educational support and encouragement so that they can rise up above their continued oppression.


The situation in
South Africa


The number of primary school children in South Africa do not attend school


The number of school students who drop out before grade 12 (matric)


The number of South African schools without libraries


The number of South African schools situated in ‘high-crime’ areas