South Africa Dream Centre
South Africa Dream Centre Provides Kids with Education Reinforcement
The vision of the South Africa Dream Centre is to enable individuals, families, schools, businesses and groups to partner with ER through volunteering and providing scholarships for children who are learners at The Dream Centre or God’s Little Lighthouse (GLL). GLL primarily serves pre-school children, while the Dream Centre focuses on older kids on two separate campuses.
The children attending these programs are from high-poverty settlements near Cape Town, South Africa. Their families have few resources and most kids do not finish high school. Some are from refugee families who are learning a new language and culture.
The ER Dream Centre serves alongside GLL to provide a safe early and primary learning environment for children at risk for falling behind academically. Previously, kids fell behind upon leaving God’s Little Lighthouse to attend a local public school. ER staff members discovered why. They noticed the children responded with blank stares when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”.
Children who live in survival mode are unable to see beyond their current circumstances, much less their futures. They can only focus on today. They are unable to dream of being anything. The Dream Centre name came from a desire to help children learn to dream big dreams. Learning to dream big dreams includes helping them succeed, giving them opportunities to recognize their God-given gifts and teaching them that as God’s children they are special and loved.
We’ve learned something while launching the South Africa Dream Centre: It takes incredible effort to change the course of a child’s life. Sure, we knew tutoring, homework help and nutrition would be foundational to giving these kids a good chance of succeeding in their lives, but we’ve seen that engaging them in activities is equally powerful for creating well-rounded, confident kids.
Now the Dream Centre provides a safe after-school tutoring and homework help program to enable these kids to succeed academically. The Dream Centre also partners with schools and parents to ensure the children remain on course with their academic studies and provide opportunities for them to develop their talents.