The Association for Educational Transformation (ASSET) is a Western Cape-based, Section 21, nonprofit organisation which was launched in 2003. It previously operated under the auspices of the Cape Western region of the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR). ASSET has a long history of serving the educational needs of students from disadvantaged communities.
ASSET’s vision is to afford students from disadvantaged communities, the opportunity to enjoy equal access to higher education and to the world of work
Its mission is to contribute towards the process of educational transformation by providing opportunities for students from disadvantaged communities to realize their full educational potential so that they are able to meet the challenges of life and make a positive contribution to society.
ASSET achieves its vision and mission by the Learner Development Programme (LDP) which was established in 1982 (SAIRR). This programme is run in partnership with selected township schools, with very close liaison with school principals and subject teachers. The LDP provides supplementary tuition for grades 11 and 12 learners in key subjects on Saturdays throughout the year and during school holidays when Spring and Winter Schools take place. The LDP objectives include; improving conceptual understanding and learner performance, improving language proficiency across the curriculum and helping learners explore appropriate career choices.
The organisation has the Bursary Programme which was established in 1972, also under the auspices of the SAIRR. It provides financial assistance for needy students who apply for study or who are studying at tertiary institutions in the Western Cape. ASSET took over the programme in 2003 and through the generosity of donors it continues to support almost 500 students annually. Through a well established partnership with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), ASSET is able to offer bursars a bursary/loan package to cover their needs and to help more students than would otherwise be possible.
ASSET has partnered with strategic stakeholder partners who have a vested interest in the educational needs of our disadvantaged communities, collaborating closely with schools, parents, students, donors, higher education institutions, the Western Cape Education Department’s District Offices and other service providers.
ASSET has a very proactive, involved Board of Directors and a dedicated staff who are all committed to ensuring that ASSET continues to strive to make a positive contribution to the communities we serve. The ASSET Board is representative of the private sector, higher education institutions, school principals and long standing individuals who are passionate about what ASSET is doing.
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