In theory, refugee children in South Africa have a right to education. In practice, however, these children must overcome countless hurdles to actually claim this right. School fees or the demand for identification documents close the doors to schools for most refugee children. The consequences are dramatic: children are often stranded in townships and have no chance of a self-determined future. In the worst case, they drift into crime for lack of alternatives. Only education breaks this cycle. The AGRU Academy in Cape Town is part of the effort.
Our common goal: To give children in South Africa a chance for a self-determined future
Under the direction of Tendai Gurumani, about one hundred disadvantaged children between the ages of 5 and 18 receive a quality education here. Tendai herself emigrated from Zimbabwe to South Africa. In 2017, she began teaching a homeless Angolan girl at a train station in Cape Town. More and more children joined her classes. She used bars or fast-food restaurants as makeshift classrooms. Then she decided to found a school: the AGRU Academy.
However, the school can barely stay afloat without outside help, lacking even the most basic necessities. The teachers are all volunteers.
Classes are based on an internationally recognized curriculum, Cambridge Assessment International Education, and include both primary and lower secondary levels. The teachers, also IDPs, are all volunteers. No admission fees or tuition are charged.