The southernmost country on the continent of Africa, South Africa boasts a variety of animal and plant species. The country is home to more than eight hundred species of birds, most notably the black ibis, the bearded vulture, and the black eagle. Because of the range of wildlife, the country is very involved in conservation with eight world heritage sites and two hundred and ninety official conservation sites. South Africa’s economy benefits from its range of climates and fertile farmlands, as well as its wealth of minerals.The country also has a thriving tourism industry, centered in its legislative capital of Capetown.
As well as its beautiful natural landscape and conservation sites, South Africa is also known for its diverse culture. The country has eleven official languages, the majority of these being Bantu languages such as Zulu, Xhosa, and Sotho. Afrikaans and English are also widely spoken. Because of the wide range of languages, many South Africans are multilingual, claiming one or more native languages. Food in South Africa is centered around vegetables, particularly corn or maize. Common dishes include mealie pap, a type of porridge, umngqusho, a traditional Xhosa dish, and the country’s national dish, bobotie.
Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
South Africa has three official capital cities: Cape Town, which houses the legislative branch, Pretoria which holds the executive branch, and Bloemfontein, which is the home of the judicial branch of their government.
Though apartheid was abolished in the early 1990s, its effects are still clear in South Africa today. The educational and economic divide between black and white South Africans is still a major issue today, and the unequal school system is apparent in the country’s poor educational outcomes. Underserved areas are disproportionately affected by the flawed educational system. Children in poorer areas often struggle to reach school due to lack of transportation and attend schools with little sanitation and poor infrastructure. Many students lack access to important resources such as internet access and books. These issues have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the government has failed to provide alternative online education in the wake of school closures.
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General Summary of our work:
To lower the educational divide in South Africa, Strive2Thrive has partnered with local children’s homes and other institutions to provide training in practical skills like Business, Finance, and STEM. Our organization also hosts webinars to provide students with information about entering a STEM field
Importance of our work section and some of the impacts:
South Africa’s literacy rate has been declining in recent years, and Strive2Thrive’s work is helping to increase reading skills as well as lower the educational divide for children overlooked by the educational system during the pandemic. Online classes with Strive2Thrive tutors help students continue to learn in the absence of in-person education.
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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) Section:
- 4.3: EQUAL ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive provides free classes in Finance, Business, and STEM subjects to encourage young people in South Africa in related interests. We also conduct informational sessions to provide youth with tools for entering STEM fields.
- 4.4: INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH RELEVANT SKILLS FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS
- 10.3: ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND END DISCRIMINATION
- 17.5: KNOWLEDGE SHARING AND COOPERATION FOR ACCESS TO SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION