• Contact Us: Education
  • Saturday School
  • Academic Interventions Unit

    SHAWCO Saturday School Overview:


    SHAWCO’s Saturday School Programme is a professionally run educational intervention that engages with more than two hundred Grade 12 learners from a number of disadvantaged communities within the Cape Metropole. The main purpose of Saturday School is to provide learners with curriculum support in core academic areas thus acting as a vehicle that empowers learners’ to achieve their academic aspirations.

     

     The programme provides learners with opportunities to acquire skills and experiences in preparation for tertiary studies and develop a sense of confidence and belief in their abilities.

     

    Key to the success of Saturday School, is that successful learners are taken out of their communities and transported to the University of Cape Town (UCT) for these extra lessons on Saturdays.

     

    This gives learners the opportunity of experiencing campus life where they also receive life skills interventions, career guidance workshops and are enriched by motivational speakers and other guest presenters.

     

    SHAWCO started the Saturday School Programme in 2008 to give participating learners access to UCT resources and facilities not currently available at their present schools. In addition all Science learners’ are given the opportunity to do their matric (Grade 12) Chemistry, Physics and Life Science practical’s in the laboratories at UCT.

     

    2014 will see the Saturday School programme enter its 7th year of operation

     

    One of the strongholds of the SHAWCO Saturday School intervention is the fact that rigid internal evaluation procedures are structured into the programme. Learners also completed a questionnaire evaluating the project and teachers. All academic results are captured, reviewed and progress tracked. A further teacher evaluation is conducted by the project manager of the programme where class monitoring and observation techniques are utilised. 

     

    SHAWCO Saturday School Vision:

    To be the best Saturday School educational intervention in Africa by becoming a reputable school of excellence that provides quality teaching to develop learners’ academic potential and their self-esteem through inspirational interventions.

     

    SHAWCO Saturday School mission:

    • To provide participant learners from developing communities inspiration for personal growth.
    • To provide skills for academic success through quality and value-adding teaching.
    • To expose participants’ to support systems that enables them to cope with academic pressures.
    • To develop positive role models within the developing communities.
    • The Saturday School Programme should act as a vehicle to help learners’ achieve their academic aspirations.
    • To recruit and develop learners’ with academic potential from developing communities for tertiary institutions.
    • To build strong relationships with tertiary institutions, WCED, partnering schools and other credible agencies to develop the learners’ in totality.
    • Target areas; Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Kensington, Manenberg, Crossroads, Philippi, Hanover Park Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain, Grassy Park, Wynberg and Cape Town.
    • SHAWCO has partnered with 42 different schools in 2014.
    • 209 learners have been enrolled into the 2014 programme.
    • Learners are grouped according to their academic performance based on the entrance tests administrated by AARP Department at UCT.
    • There are between 17 and 25 learners per group/class.
    • 9 educators are employed by the Saturday School to conduct these classes.


    Practical information about the programme for 2014:


    Key information:

    • Target areas; Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Kensington, Manenberg, Crossroads, Philippi, Hanover Park Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain, Grassy Park, Wynberg and Cape Town.
    • SHAWCO has partnered with 42 different schools in 2014.
    • 209 learners have been enrolled into the 2014 programme.
    • Learners are grouped according to their academic performance based on the entrance tests administrated by AARP Department at UCT.
    • There are between 17 and 25 learners per group/class.
    • 9 educators are employed by the Saturday School to conduct these classes.

     

    SHAWCO Community Transport Services – at your service.

    Is your NPO, school, club, church group or business looking for transport services?
    SHAWCO has the solution!

    Our fleet of well-maintained vehicles, used to transport our student volunteers from the University of Cape Town to our various education projects and health clinics in disadvantages communities, can also be rented at very competitive rates in and around the Cape Metropolitan.

    The fleet consists of:

    • 1 x 69 Seater
    • 1 x 32 Seater
    • 3 x 22 Seater
    • 1 x 14 Seater
    • 1 x 7 Seater

    You are guaranteed to receive professional and friendly service AND you will be supporting the amazing work our health clinics and education projects deliver to the disadvantaged communities in which they serve.

    SHAWCO Community Transport Services is insured with passenger liability and all our drivers have valid driver's licenses and Public Drivers Permits (PDP).

    SHAWCO Community Transport Services offers short and long distance hiring options.

    For a full quote please contact Alicia Nel: Alicia.Nel@uct.ac.za / 021 406-6742.

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    Contact Us Self Sustainability

    SHAWCO Head Office,

    Braemar Cottage,

    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town,

    Anzio Road,

    Observatory, 7925

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Tel: +27 (0) 21 406-6740

    Fax: +27 (0) 21 406-6741

     

     

    For general enquiries please contact:  info@shawco.org

    Contact Us SHAWCO Shine

    AIU Contact Details

     

    Thabo Gumede

    Finance amd SHINE Administrator Grade 10

    Tel: 021 404 7751

    Fax: 021 650 5224

    Email:  thabo.gumede@uct.ac.za

     

    Nobambo Vumazone

    SHINE Gr 11 Administrator

    Tel: 404 7680

    Email: nobambo.vumazonke@uct.ac.za

     

    Cheryl Patel

    SHINE Administrator Grade 12

    Tel:  021 404 7709

    Fax:  021 650 5741

    Email:  cheryl.patel@uct.ac.za

     

    Thara Thomas Kallungal 

    Project Manager

    Direct tel: 021 406 6223

    Fax: 021 404 7784

    Email: thara.kallungal@uct.ac.za

    Contact Us

    AIU Contact Details

     

    Selmarie Kenneth

    Saturday School Administrator

    Tel: 021 404 7680

    Fax: 021 404 7551

    Email: selmarie.kenneth@uct.ac.za

     

    Nobambo Vomazonke

    Administrator SHINE Gr 11 

    Tel: 021 404 7680

    Fax: 021 404 7732

    Email: nabambo.vumazonke@uct.ac.za

     

    Cheryl Patel

    Adminstrator SHINE Grade 12

    Tel:  021 404 7709

    Fax: 021 650 5741

    Email:  cheryl.patel@uct.ac.za

     

    Thabo Gumede

    Finance SHINE Gr 10 Administrator

    Tel: 021 650 5224

    Email: thabo.gumede@uct.ac.za

     

    Thara Thomas Kallungal 

    Project Manager

    Tel: 021 406 6223

    Fax: 021 404 7784

    Email: thara.kallungal@uct.ac.za

    Welcome to SHAWCO

    SHAWCO Vision 

    Working together towards informed, healthy and thriving communities.


    SHAWCO Mission

    To Practice and promote responsible citizenship in the South African context through health, education and social entrepreneurship initiatives. SHAWCO aims to create a supportive space for experiential learning and teaching, addressing inequality through innovative and sustainable approaches to community engagement.


     

    Criteria

    Learners must achieve at least 40% overall aggregate

     

    •           All applicants must be taking Mathematics (Pure Mathematics) as one of their subjects in  school

     

     

    There are limited seats available, therefore admission is not guaranteed

    Contact Us

    SHAWCO Head Office:

    Braemar Cottage,

    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town,

    Anzio Road,

    Observatory, 7925

    Cape Town, South Africa

     

    Email:  International@shawco.org

    Health Contact Us

    SHAWCO Head Office:

    Braemar Cottage,

    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town,

    Anzio Road,

    Observatory, 7925

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Tel: +27 (0) 21 406-6740

    Fax: +27 (0) 21 406-6741

     

    Email:  shawco.health.exec@gmail.com

     

     

    Contact Us: Education

    SHAWCO Students' Office,

    Steve Biko Student Union Building,

    University of Cape Town,

    Fax: +27 (0) 21 650-5739

    education@shawco.org

     

    Education Sector Coordinator:

    Jonathan Hoffenberg

    Jonathan.Hoffenberg@uct.ac.za

    Tel:  +27 (0) 21 650-5019

     

    Office Administrator:

    admin.edu@shawco.org

    Tel:  + 27 (0) 21 650-4522

     

     

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    Contact Us: General and Team

    SHAWCO Head Office:

    Braemar Cottage,

    Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town,

    Anzio Road,

    Observatory, 7925

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Tel: +27 (0) 21 406-6740

    Fax: +27 (0) 21 406-6741

    For general enquiries please contact:  info@shawco.org

    For health enquiries please contact: health@shawco.org

    For education enquiries please contact: education@shawco.org

     

    SHAWCO Staff

     

    Gavin Joachims Director gavin.joachims@uct.ac.za
    Debra Lodder Finance Manager debra.lodder@uct.ac.za
    Lungisa Mzizana International Placements coordinator lungisa.mzizana@uct.ac.za
    Zukiswa Mathebula Office Administrator zukiswa.mathebula@uct.ac.za
    Alicia Nel Transport coordinator alicia.nel@uct.ac.za
    Osman Cloete Driver osman.cloete@uct.ac.za
    Cecil Constant Driver cecil.constant@uct.ac.za
    Sipho Mpepho Driver sipho.mpepho@uct.ac.za
    Frank Parenzee Driver frank.parenzee@uct.ac.za
    Joachim Sadan
    Driver
    joachim.sadan@uct.ac.za
    Lana Fortuin International & Accommodation Projects Coordinator lana.fortuin@uct.ac.za
    Desiree Behr Fundraising & Marketing Officer desiree.behr@uct.ac.za
    Thara Kallungal Project Manager thara.kallungal@uct.ac.za
    Selmarie Kenneth Saturday School Administrator selmarie.kenneth@uct.ac.za
    Cheryl Patel SHINE Gr 12 Administrator cheryl.patel@uct.ac.za
    Nobambo Vumazonke SHINE Gr 11 Administrator nobambo.vumazonke@uct.ac.za
    Thabo Gumede Finance & SHINE Gr 10 Administrator thabo.gumede@uct.ac.za
    Jonathan Hoffenberg Education Sector coordinator jonathan.hoffenberg@uct.ac.za
    Cyril Pelston Manenberg Centre Manager cyril.pelston@uct.ac.za
    Veronica Sumane Administrator - Kensington veronica.shumane@uct.ac.za
    Karen Damon Kensington Centre Manager karen.damon@uct.ac.za
    Luchien De Louw General Assistant luchien.delouw@uct.ac.za
    Zanele Fihla Khayelitsha Centre Manager zanele.fihla@uct.ac.za
    Nomakhwezi Manikivana  Khayelitsha Assistant - K1 Centre nomakhwezi.manikivana@uct.ac.za
    Edith Van Der Rheede Rags2Riches Programme coordinator edith.vanderrheede@uct.ac.za
    Nicholas Madzivanzira Assistant
    Anthea Koopman Shop Assistant
    NPO Number: 002-830NPO

    Criteria

    • All applicants for 2016 must have achieved at least a 55% overall aggregate and 40% for mathematics in their Grade 11 June results for 2015. 

     

    • Learners must do at least 3 of the 5 subjects offered by SHAWCO; mathematics and English are compulsory.  

     

    • The programme is for learners aiming to study at tertiary level which charge fees less than R2000.00 pa.

     

    • Learners must be referred by their schools.

    Saturday School

    About

    A professionally run initiative aimed at providing learners with an opportunity to improve their academic results through a quality teaching experience

     

    Mission

    To become a reputable school of excellence that offers quality teaching in core academic areas to enhance learners’ academic potential. The social entrepreneurship initiative is geared to sustain the SHAWCO Saturday School for learners’ from disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape Region.

     

    Description (SHAWCO SHINE)

    SHAWCO Academic Interventions is a professionally run initiative aimed at providing learners with an opportunity to improve their academic results through a quality teaching experience in small intimate classes with an effective curriculum in alignment with the Western Cape Education Department.

     

    Since its inception in 2009, the programme has grown to include three separate projects all with a common goal of becoming a renowned school of excellence in core academic areas such as Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting and English.

     

    Maintaining high standards, recruiting the best teachers, access to UCT laboratories to conduct experiments, providing career guidance and life-skills workshops brought about immense improvement in the marks of the students that parents and the teachers in their schools greatly appreciated. Lessons are taught by highly qualified, experienced and committed educators who have produced excellent results over the past years. SHAWCO started the program to give participating learners access to UCT resources and facilities that would build the learners intellectually, socially and culturally in order to better prepare them for tertiary studies. Learners in each grade are streamed and grouped according to their Mathematics school results for June and Final exams

     

    Learners must register for Pure Mathematics and one or two of the other three subjects (Physical Science, Accounting and English Home Language). The Program aims to strengthen learners' abilities in core academic areas. The program provides learners with  opportunities to acquire skills and experiences in preparation for tertiary studies, and develop a sense of confidence and belief in their abilities.

     

     

    Programme Concept

    •           Lessons take place on Saturdays at UCT Upper Campus

    •           Subjects offered: Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting and English Home Language

    •           Life Science is available for Grade 12 only

    •           Lessons are taught by highly qualified educators

    •           A learner must take a minimum of two and a maximum of three subjects of which Mathematics is compulsory

    •           Maximum 20 learners per class

    •           Learners must wear school uniform

    •           Learners must utilize own transport to and from classes

    •           Classes offered for Grade 10, 11 and 12 however learners must currently be in school and / or be 21 years and younger.

     

    Duration of teaching: 09:00 to 14:20       1 ½ hours per lesson

    Duration of programme: 06th February to 15th October 2016

     

    Fees

    Registration Fee:  R375.00         Accepted learners only

    Workbook Fee:      R300.00       Per semester

     

    3 Subjects  -  R275.00      4 hours 30 minutes of teaching per Saturday

    2 Subjects  -  R250.00      3 hours of teaching per Saturday

     

    Self Sustainability

    In order to become less dependant on Donor funding, SHAWCO enterprises (Pty) Ltd was set up in 2012.
    Income generated from the enterprise initiatives are invested into making our community interventions more sustainable. 

     

    SHAWCO Enterprise

    SHAWCO Saturday School

    SHAWCO Saturday School Overview:


    SHAWCO’s Saturday School Programme is a professionally run educational intervention that engages with more than two hundred Grade 12 learners from a number of disadvantaged communities within the Cape Metropole. The main purpose of Saturday School is to provide learners with curriculum support in core academic areas thus acting as a vehicle that empowers learners’ to achieve their academic aspirations.

     

     The programme provides learners with opportunities to acquire skills and experiences in preparation for tertiary studies and develop a sense of confidence and belief in their abilities.

     

    Key to the success of Saturday School, is that successful learners are taken out of their communities and transported to the University of Cape Town (UCT) for these extra lessons on Saturdays.

     

    This gives learners the opportunity of experiencing campus life where they also receive life skills interventions, career guidance workshops and are enriched by motivational speakers and other guest presenters.

     

    SHAWCO started the Saturday School Programme in 2008 to give participating learners access to UCT resources and facilities not currently available at their present schools. In addition all Science learners’ are given the opportunity to do their matric (Grade 12) Chemistry, Physics and Life Science practical’s in the laboratories at UCT.

     

    2016 will see the Saturday School programme enter its 9th year of operation

     

    One of the strongholds of the SHAWCO Saturday School intervention is the fact that rigid internal evaluation procedures are structured into the programme. Learners also completed a questionnaire evaluating the project and teachers. All academic results are captured, reviewed and progress tracked. A further teacher evaluation is conducted by the project manager of the programme where class monitoring and observation techniques are utilised. 

     


    SHAWCO Saturday School vision:

    To be the best Saturday School educational intervention in Africa by becoming a reputable school of excellence that provides quality teaching to develop learners’ academic potential and their self-esteem through inspirational interventions.

     


    SHAWCO Saturday School mission:

    • To provide participant learners from developing communities inspiration for personal growth.
    • To provide skills for academic success through quality and value-adding teaching.
    • To expose participants’ to support systems that enables them to cope with academic pressures.
    • To develop positive role models within the developing communities.
    • The Saturday School Programme should act as a vehicle to help learners’ achieve their academic aspirations.
    • To recruit and develop learners’ with academic potential from developing communities for tertiary institutions.
    • To build strong relationships with tertiary institutions, WCED, partnering schools and other credible agencies to develop the learners’ in totality.
    • Target areas; Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Kensington, Manenberg, Crossroads, Philippi, Hanover Park Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain, Grassy Park, Wynberg and Cape Town.
    • SHAWCO has partnered with 42 different schools in 2014.
    • 209 learners have been enrolled into the 2014 programme.
    • Learners are grouped according to their academic performance based on the entrance tests administrated by AARP Department at UCT.
    • There are between 17 and 25 learners per group/class.
    • 9 educators are employed by the Saturday School to conduct these classes.


    Practical information about the programme:

     

    Key information:

     

     

    • Target areas; Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Kensington, Manenberg, Crossroads, Philippi, Hanover Park Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain, Grassy Park, Wynberg and Cape Town.
    • SHAWCO will be partnering with 40 different schools in 2016.
    • 210 learners were enrolled into the 2015 programme.
    • Learners are grouped according to their academic performance based on the entrance tests administrated by the CHED (Centre for Higher Education Development) department at UCT.
    • There are between 17 and 25 learners per group/class.
    • 9 educators are employed by the Saturday School to conduct these classes.

     

     

    International

    One of the biggest limitations of a student-run programme is that student volunteers are only active during the time they are on campus –leaving large gaps in our service to the SHAWCO communities. At the same time, universities all over the world are promoting cultural and academic exchanges involving a crucial aspect: service-learning. In 2004, recognising a win-win situation, SHAWCO launched its International Programme: the idea being that international students would be able to continue SHAWCO service to the communities (service learning) while simultaneously learning more about development, Africa and South Africa in particular.

     

    SHAWCO International was showcased at two international conferences during 2004 with an overwhelming response. To date, SHAWCO has entered into partnership with universities, offering packages with varying mixes of academic, service-learning work, internships in township businesses and social enterprises along with site-seeing components. During their stay, the international students run holiday tutoring programmes, man SHAWCO Health Clinics, conduct research and carry out various health promotion projects in the SHAWCO communities, according to the requirements of their home university.

     

    SHAWCO International provides opportunities for international students to engage with concepts such as globally responsible citizenship, health issues, social entrepreneurship and service –a unique niche, which is drawing in more and more universities each year.

     

     

     

    Health

    Since 1943 SHAWCO, the Student’s Health and Welfare Centres Organisation, has developed a reputation of delivering quality primary health care in under-resourced communities in Cape Town, South Africa. SHAWCO is a University of Cape Town student-run, non-profit community outreach organisation. It relies on over 100 volunteer doctors and 800 medical and allied health science students in all years of study to ensure that these student-run free clinics continue to be delivered. 

     

    SHAWCO Health co-ordinates six clinics which operate at night on a weekly basis in various Cape Town communities as well as paediatric clinics every second Saturday morning. In 2009, SHAWCO introduced a Wednesday morning paediatric screening clinic, run in conjunction with the School of Child and Adolescent Health at UCT, City Health and Environmental Health. In 2013 a Health and Rehabilitation Clinic was introduced to provide physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and audiology services to mentally and physically disabled members of the Mfuleni Community. This clinic now runs on one Saturday morning each month.

     

    These clinics often serve as the only port-of-call for community members who work during the day, or who cannot make the trip to the neighbouring day hospital. The clinics either operate from permanent health facilities or from SHAWCO Health’s three, fully-equipped mobile clinics. 

     

    The weekly clinics go out to the following sites: 

    Monday: Newrest/Barcelona (in Gugulethu) and Simthandile (in Khayelitsha)

    Tuesday: Masiphumelele (in Noordhoek) and Brown's Farm (in Nyanga)

    Wednesday: Joe Slovo (in Milnerton) and Du Noon (in Milnerton)

     

    The paediatric clinics run every 2 weeks on Saturday mornings alternating between Imizamo Yethu (an informal settlement in Hout Bay) and Tambo Village in Manenberg, with the Wednesday clinic being nomadic. The Health and Rehabilitation clinic is based in Mfuleni.

     

    During clinics, patients are seen by medical students under the supervision of a qualified volunteer or locum doctor who oversees the proceedings, verifies diagnoses and provides advice. Clinical year medical students (4th to 6th year MBChB) are responsible for clerking, examination, treatment and health education of patients, while guiding and teaching pre-clinical students who observe and examine patients under guidance. This fulfills another major role of the clinics: providing education and experience to future doctors and instilling a passion for primary health care. Students who volunteer for SHAWCO clinics say that they are better prepared to deal with the challenges of their community service year and are more likely to stay on in South Africa thereafter.

     

    We provide a primary health care service, treating conditions such as diarrhoea, respiratory tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, muscular-skeletal ailments and other non-speciality disease. We provide holistic management which includes the wonderful care provided by our health and rehabilitation team: physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, dietetics and audiology students who have great dedication in helping provide an appropriate service to the community. The SHAWCO pharmacy operated by qualified nurses, with dispensing licenses, supplies free primary healthcare medication to patients. When we are confronted with a patient requiring a higher level of care or a patient for whom we do not have the facilities to treat, we refer them to the local day hospital or secondary hospital. Students work very closely with community health workers within the community. These community health workers contribute to decisions made concerning the various clinics and help educate patients around specific health issues.

     

    Other important aspect of the primary health care approach, health promotion and preventative medicine, are also an integral part of SHAWCO Health. This is demonstrated by various methods of health promotion including health promotion sketches, our partnerships with other NGO’s providing waiting room education and talks complimented by one-on-one consultations by student volunteers with patients. We also provide screening for prevalent conditions which include measurement of blood pressure and blood glucose, pregnancy testing, weight, haemoglobin assessment, and newly instituted VCT (Voluntary HIV Counselling and Testing). The Wednesday and Saturday morning paediatric clinics screen for child specific disease. 

     Clinic Statistics

    Year

    Clinics

    Volunteers

    Patients

    2013

    168

    749

    3371

    2012

    166

    889

    3117

    2011

    251

    800 +

    5130 +

    2010

    248

    819

    5488

    2009

    180

    557

    4806

    2008

    160

    477

    4208

    2007

    134

    Not recorded

    3596

    2003

    115

    150+

    2005

    1963

    3 clinic sites

    63% of all UCT medical students

    14,716

     

     

          

    Education

    In 2005, SHAWCO students and staff refocused the then “Youth Development” sector into a new Education Sector. This sector aimed to create an integrated model of intervention that linked after-school tutoring projects with the work happening at SHAWCO’s Community Development Centres. Since 2005 the Education Sector has evolved into a holistic host of activities aimed at:

     

    - creating a safe learning space and encouraging a love of learning in our participants

    - equipping participants with life-long skills and improving their access to further education

    - broadening the experiences and perspectives of both the volunteers and participants

     

    Education projects aim to impact the academic ability of learners to access education, increase tertiary access as well as offer additional interventions such as arts, sports, entrepreneurship, life skills and career advice. The overall holistic development of learners is also balanced by the experience, development and leadership opportunity of the students who volunteer and become leaders in the sector.

    In 2014, SHAWCO has 13 student-run projects operating from the five SHAWCO centres in Khayelitsha, Kensington, Manenberg and Nyanga as well as from partner schools in the communities. Volunteers are transported to and from the centres where they engage with learners through a structured curriculum. Foundation phase and junior projects focus on literacy and numeracy whereas intermediate and senior projects focus on English, Maths, Physical Science, Accounting and Life Skills.

    After many years of community development and involvement in the broader dialogue and discussion of UCT’s role in community outreach and development, the sector bases its solid project intervention on continuous, sustainable, and consistent project sessions and a complex internal and external evaluation process. Since 2005 the sector has developed a participatory, reflective process of evaluation that drives it forward to greater efficacy.”

     

    About Us

    SHAWCO was started in July 1943 by Andrew Kinnear, a UCT medical Student, who spent the vacation driving an ambulance to earn money to pay for his medical training. He was appalled by the poverty, lack of hygiene and lack of medical facilities in areas like Kensington and Elsies River, and became determined to do something about it. Andrew Kinnear asked Dr Golda Selzer of the Pathology Department at Groote Schuur Hospital to assist him in establishing a clinic. Dr Selzer became one of the co-founders of SHAWCO and remained SHAWCO honorary life president until her death in 1999.

     

    In 2001, Mrs Graca Machel agreed to become SHAWCO’s new life president.

     

    What started off as a one-man initiative quickly grew into one of the country’s largest student volunteer organisations which ran health and welfare projects throughout South Africa’s Apartheid era. In 1994, with the inauguration of our first democratically elected President, SHAWCO moved from welfare to a development model – still running primary health care clinics, but moving to skills development and education programmes through the “welfare” arm. In 2003, this move was further consolidated by the narrowing of the developmental sector to Youth Education.

     

    Currently, SHAWCO is divided into two main service sectors: SHAWCO Education and SHAWCO Health.

     

    Funders

    SHAWCO wishes to acknowledge, with thanks, the following donors for their kind support: