Focus on iThemba believes in the promise of a sustainable future for our country. ‘iThemba’ means ‘hope’ in isiZulu and we choose to focus on hope, believing in a bright future for the South African nation. We believe that hope is not just a concept but a force that propels us forward, enabling us to envision a brighter future and take the necessary steps to make it a reality. With unwavering determination, we are proud to be actively working towards several Sustainable Development Goals, each one bringing us closer to the South Africa we dream of.
Goal 1: No Poverty
The eradication of poverty is a fundamental objective, and we are committed to this cause through our iThemba Educare and Scholars Programmes. We believe that education is the most powerful tool we can use to break the cycle of poverty. By providing quality education and support to previously disadvantaged children, we aim to empower them with the knowledge and skills they need to rise above their circumstances.
Goal 4: Quality Education
Access to quality education is the foundation upon which a bright future for South Africa is built. Our iThemba Educare and Scholars Programmes ensure that children have the opportunity to receive an education that equips them with the tools to thrive academically. By investing in the next generation’s education, we are planting the seeds for a more educated and empowered nation.
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Through our iThemba Educare Programme, we work alongside female principals, equipping them with the support they need to create sustainable microenterprises that are able financially support both them and their teachers. By empowering these women, we are breaking gender barriers and fostering a more equitable society.
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Reducing inequalities is at the core of our mission. We believe that every individual, regardless of their background or circumstances, deserves equal opportunities. Our educational initiatives and support systems are designed to bridge the gap and ensure that every child has a fair chance to succeed.
Goal 13: Climate Action
Our responsibility extends beyond human welfare; it includes the preservation and protection of our natural environment. We recognise the need for climate action and have taken steps to reduce our environmental footprint on iThemba Campus.
Goal 15: Life on Land
South Africa’s unique and diverse ecosystems are part of our rich heritage. We take our role as stewards of the land seriously. Our approach to landscaping on iThemba Campus focuses on creating a harmonious relationship with nature. We aim to leave a legacy for future generations by preserving the land’s integrity. Our efforts are part of a Campus-wide initiative to ensure a sustainable future, emphasising the interconnectedness between humans and the natural world.
For Focus on iThemba, we hold dearly to hope for our nation. ‘iThemba’ embodies our vision of a South Africa where quality education, gender equality, and reduced inequalities are not just aspirations but realities. It represents our commitment to climate action and our dedication to preserving the unique ecosystems for the benefit of future generations.
Together, we journey toward a sustainable future, where hope is not just a word but a guiding principle. We invite you to join us in this mission, where our collective efforts will pave the way for a bright future for South Africa.