in support of education without borders

A short film by Elise Fernandez, 2019 SSAFF committee member, shows the difference EwB has made in the lives of two students.

We are inspired by our partners in Vancouver and Toronto:
Vancouver South African Film Festival and Toronto South African Film Festival

We are supporting Education without Borders, a foundation operating in SA since 2002.

EwB (Australia) is a registered charity (ABN 11363125088) with Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC)

Further, ALL donations to EwB (Australia) are tax deductible through our partnership with Australian NGO, Global Development Group.
Funds are closely monitored ensuring transparency and accountability.


Bellville South Project

Implemented by Education without Borders (South Africa)

Funded by Education without Borders (Australia)

EwB Australia raising the funds: Through the Sydney South African Film Festival (SSAFF)

Education Without Borders (EwB) provides tutoring and other support to help disadvantaged children in the Western Cape overcome educational and life hurdles.

In 2019, SSAFF raised sufficient funds to enable EwB (SA) launch its 4th site of operation: Bellville South. This economically marginalized community has an average household income of under R3,000/month ($300). The main social distress issues include substance abuse, domestic violence and gangsterism.

The pilot phase of this partnership was conducted in the Primary school. As a result of the success of this phase, 2020 sees an expansion to include the High School, years 7 – 10. Further to the tuition of Maths and English, EwB offers psychosocial support as needed. And a nutritious meal for each student before sessions.
The orientation of the program is:

  • Small group focused – learner to tutor ratio that maximises learning
  • Shared infrastructure – to maximise efficiencies
  • Mentorship – to help tutors learn from experienced mentors
  • Coordinated – with the in-school curriculum and existing educational objectives and policies

EwB’s response to Coronavirus
EwB is allocating funds for food for students and their families at each of the 4 sites, Worksheets are enabling students to continue with their studies. Please read this letter from the Principal of Bellville South expressing his appreciation for the support of EwB during Coronavirus

To hear more about this work, please email Di on di@ssaff.org.au

“The team of tutors which I work with have been dedicated to this program and seeing them grow with the learners has been amazing to witness. In many ways, EwB has been a beacon of change for the learners, the school, myself, the tutors and the community at large.” 

Mickayla Smith, Site Coordinator and Bellville South Primary School