helping reduce school violence

Mental Health issues a global challenge

Lights On After School is a global initiative that aims to help raise awareness of the importance of after school programs and their impact on children’s lives. The movement began more than 20 years ago in the US, led by the Afterschool Alliance. Today, it has grown into a global organization supported by tens of thousands of people and organizations around the world. This year’s Lights on theme focuses on mental health and academic support.


Over the years, the Learning Trust has supported over 170 organisations and schools. The alumni network is expanding; and this event seeks to introduce and connect partners in the after-school community. Join us this November for a fun and relaxed session of networking, reflection and connection.

National Youth Service & Social Employment Fund

This is a fantastic opportunity for the After School sector to access public funding to pay volunteers. If you cannot attend, please assign someone else on your team to join us. We also request you to share this with any other organisations and partners you think would be interested in the opportunity. Click the button … Read more

LOA Hiking

‘Helping kids recover,’ with the Lights On After School movement

Under the theme #helpingkidsrecover, this year the focus will be how non-profit after-school programmes (ASPs) are helping vulnerable children to recover what has been lost over the last 18 months of the pandemic. The sector engaged in various activities throughout October to showcase their efforts to change the lives of SA’s youth for the better. … Read more

WC CoP: ASPs for Academic Catch-up

In the aftermath of several countrywide lockdowns we are seeing many quintile 1-3 schools remaining partially closed, significant learning losses, and an alarming school drop-out rate. The Department of Basic Education recently announced a 3-year ‘catch-up’ plan to address learning backlogs. This final CoP of 2021 will seek to better understand this ‘catch-up’ terminology, hear … Read more

The After School Investment Case Launch

The Learning Trust is thrilled to launch The After School Investment Case, a research report that demonstrates the importance of After School enrichment programmes in addressing the gross inequality in our education system. Join our virtual panel discussion with Nic Spaull, Merle Mansfield and Hope Chidawanyika to celebrate this milestone. We will explore the education … Read more