The Learning Trust

Our Annual Report 2020

In 2020, The Learning Trust turned 10! We invite you to take the decade-long journey with us through the inspiring stories and pictorial visuals we’ve captured.

The After School Sector Complements Education as a Human Right!

As we approach Human Rights Day celebrations on the 21st of March – a public holiday set to mark the Sharpeville protests against racial segregation laws – we reflect on one of the rights we continue to fight for, children’s Right to Education. Education not only appears in our constitutional Bill of Rights, but is … Read more


South Africa joins the global #LightsOnAfterschool movement

We called on all after-school organisations in South Africa to participate in the global #LightsOnAfterSchool campaign that took place on 22 October. The goal was to shine a spotlight on the NGO After School sector and to increase awareness on the impact it has on improving learner outcomes and broader education as a whole. This … Read more

Hlalefang Alexandra Chess Club

#IAmAfterSchool – Jonathan Maliboho: Hlalefang Alexandra Chess Club

Jonathan Maliboho, Founder of Hlalefang Alexandra Chess Club, started playing chess at 10 years old and when he realised what it did for him, he wanted to share the joy and the experience he gained from it with others. “What we are doing with Hlalefang Alexandra Chess Club is enriching the lives of the children … Read more

Beyond the Classroom Quarterly Newsletter

From this past quarter, we reflect on the lessons from our WC Community of Practice looking at how to ‘future-proof’ the After School sector, mindful of uncertainties and external setbacks beyond our control. We also celebrate, #AfterSchoolSA through the #LightsOnAfterSchool campaign this October; the wide reach and interest gained by volume 2 of our Treasure … Read more


#IAmAfterSchool – Khanyisa Dube: Mihandzu

Khanyisa Dube is the Mathematics Director at Mihandzu non-profit organisation. Alongside her full-time job Khanyisa volunteers every Saturday to tutor and works tirelessly behind the scenes to develop Mihandzu’s Math curriculum. Khanyisa has worked as a market risk quantitative analyst in the financial sector in South Africa since 2011. She grew up in a disadvantaged … Read more

Phakamani Young Minds Academy

#IAmAfterSchool – Xolisile Dladla: Phakamani Young Minds Academy

Xolisile Dladla is Programs Administrator at Phakamani Young Minds Academy. Xolisile was chosen as one of the young African leaders in South Africa to participate in the YALI regional leadership centre Southern Africa program. Through the YALI network she was able to acquire personal development certificates in civic leadership and gained business experience as a … Read more

Extended learning support

Extended learning support key to closing off 2020 school year

Extended learning support has proven to be critical in addressing the challenges students face in completing the 2020 school year. School closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have caused severe disruptions for learners who are now entering the last leg of their school year with trepidation. Challenges such as work overload, a rushed syllabus, teacher … Read more

Centre for the Community School

#AfterSchoolPartners – Centre for the Community School

The Learning Trust first partnered with the Centre for the Community School (CCS) in 2011 when the centre launched the Manyano Network, a collective of school principals that sought to position the schools at the centre of community development. The objective was two-fold, 1) to seek community solutions towards learner education outcomes (learner support) 2) … Read more