Lights On Afterschool! 

Lights On! Campaign in SA

Once again, we joined forces with the Youth and After School Programme Office (Western Cape) and Community Chest of the Western Cape to drive the second Lights On After School campaign in South Africa, which culminated in 28th October celebrations. The theme for Lights On Afterschool 2021 was #HelpKidsRecover and it drew the attention of nearly 1,200 digital participants in South Africa alone.

The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness of the sector and its impact on learner outcomes and broader education as a whole.  This year, Lights On celebrations will be on Thursday, the 20th of October. We can’t wait for you to join us again!

Meet our 2021 Ambassadors and Champions!

What is the Lights On Afterschool Campaign?

Launched by the Afterschool Alliance (U.S.) in October 2000, Lights On Afterschool! is an annual campaign that brings awareness to the importance of After School Programmes (ASPs), drawing attention to the many ways that these programmes support learners by offering them opportunities to learn new things and unlock their potential. The effort generates media coverage across the country each year. The events send a powerful message that millions more kids need quality afterschool programs.

How do you get involved?

Visit the Resource Hub (updated yearly), view the folder associated with your stakeholder grouping and explore the resources and activities suited to your needs. All we ask is that you share all your activities on social media with #LightsOnAfterSchool #AfterSchoolSA and #HelpKidsRecover. 

Scroll through the gallery on the right to see how other organisations get involved in #LightsOnAfterSchool.

In the News & Media

In the news: After School Campaign – helping children recover

In the news: After School Campaign – helping children recover

The Learning Trust together with Community Chest Western Cape and the Youth and After School Programme Office, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, have joined hands to implement the second Lights On After School campaign to help children affected by...

South Africa joins the global #LightsOnAfterschool movement

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...

Having @eSparkLearning in our after school program will ensure that each student gets the practice and reinforcement they need to be successful. #lightsonafterschool


The first day of our #afterschoolprogram with Concord Elementary was great! We met new friends, worked on homework, and spent some time on @eSparkLearning. @BhutaneseCAP #lightsonafterschool

LAST WEEK TO REGISTER! Join us to celebrate our Lights On Afterschool event on October 4th. We hope to see you there!
Learn more: #afterschoolworks #SEL #lightsonafterschool #LOA #october

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Role and impact of After School programmes