Actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Nomzamo Mbatha is doing her part in helping ensure that South Africa’s children receive a quality education despite COVID-19. Through her foundation, the Nomzamo Mbatha Lighthouse Foundation, the actress has put R1 million towards sending children to school and helping them access school supplies.
The foundation teamed up with betting company, Hollywood Bets, to help vulnerable students pay for their school fees and other education-related expenses. In January 2020, when the partnership began, the foundation was able to donate R500,000 worth of bursaries to tertiary students across the country — and this year they have doubled the commitment.
“In the beginning of the year… we announced that we… are going to be giving away R1 million worth of bursaries to individuals who have outstanding fees, individuals that need registration money, or whatever the need may be,” she said.
In November 2020 the Department of Education confirmed that more than 300,000 primary school children had dropped out of school possibly due to being unable to afford tuition fees and school supplies. As 2.2 million adults lost their jobs last year due to the pandemic, a loss of household income could have a direct impact on school fee affordability.
Via: Global Citizen