Phetolo organisation is an NPC founded in 2016 by Rami Lebelo. It was founded on the premise of bridging the gap observed during my days as a WesBank staff volunteer. I became aware of the need for supporting resources to assist in schools. With vigor to assist the impoverished rural community I decided to give this my fulltime attention and thus Phetolo Organisation was founded. Phetolo Organisation is convinced that no child should be denied an opportunity to pursue their dream due to lack of resources. Since the dispensation of democracy in South Africa there has been a concerted effort in ensuring equal education, but the more it remains inferior and unequal for schools in rural areas. Rural communities are by default marginalized by virtue of being far flung and therefore not visible thus not benefiting from corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives. In most cases due to the lack of information, resources and capacity schools just make do with the little that government provides. These schools still remain under-resourced and rendering the quality of education unequal.
Phetolo Organisation engaged with the Mokopane District to establish where and how to intervene. As already stated that there is capacity and resource constraint in the rural schooling system our involvement came as a relieve.
With the permission of the official designated, Phetolo foundation initiated a “Needs Analysis” exercise. The exercise has been initiated in Mogalakwena circuit, 1 of the 9 circuits.
Mogalakwena circuit has a total of 10 High schools and that is the premise of the exercise. On analyzing the 2017 Matric results, we established that there is a dire need for intervention on Maths, Life Science and Physical Sciences. The rationale behind this is due to the low percentage of the pass rate in these subjects. The circuit obtained pass rate of 32% in Maths, 55.7% Math Literature, 58.5% in Physical Science and 77.9% in Life Sciences.
We provide the following services:
To afford marginalised students an equal opportunity to further their education through leadership, motivation and aspiration.
Develop infrastructure and support, including innovative technology for research, advisory, service and partnerships
Develop and maintain model collaborative relationship with partners, i.e. Institutions of higher education, corporates, philanthropy foundations, financial assistance and related organisations
Create quality mentorship programme for students
Increase scholarship and research productivity and the impact
Enable students to purse careers of their choice
Provide students with access to finacial aid
Allow students access to tertiary education
Leadership: We value and are committed to exercising leadership characterized by innovation and vision
Excellence: We value excellence in service through advice and research. We are committed to promoting creative and critical thinking through a culture of inspiration, high expectations, accountability and quality service to students and partner organisations
Social and Ethical Responsibility: We value honesty, fairness, respect, compassion, and professional and scholarly ethics among partner organisations and students. We are committed to increasing access to opportunity and promoting social justice
Communication and Collaboration: We value open communication and collaboration with partner organisations