South Africa

South Africa

South Africa, also known as the Rainbow Nation, is a very diverse country. It is not only the geography of the Drakensberge, the extremely dry and flat landscapes and coastlines on the Atlantic and Indian Oceans that reflect this variety, but also the South African population. South Africa’s population is made up of Black Africans (79%) and White, Coloured and Asian people (21%), despite the diversity of ethnic groups everyone is welcome in the South African community.

Economically, South Africa belongs to the BRICS countries and thus to the emerging markets. Its GDP per capita in 2011 was approximately one third of the German GDP per capita. The unemployment rate is relatively high with 22.7% (estimated 2012). Therefore, the state's social system aims to support children and the poor, the disabled and the elderly.
Approximately 60% of the annual expenditure of the South African government is spent on the social system. Although it sounds much, in absolute terms it is not. Since there are very few taxpayers and a lot of people depending on social welfare, the state is not able to support all adequately. To solve this problem the education of the young population is important to ensure that taxpayers are present in the future and the governmental support is sufficient for everybody.

Some parents in South Africa also see the potential in a good education for their children. However, the salary ranges that they get and save for their children are in most cases not enough to send them to a better school. Education costs are still very high in South Africa compared to the income level. Therefore, we want to support parents and their children directly by paying the school fees, school uniforms and stationery.