Three2Six refugee children's education project
The mission of the project is to provide access to quality bridging education for refugee children who cannot access state schooling, to support them to integrate into a public school, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Three2Six currently accommodates 225 refugee, asylum seeker, migrant and undocumented children, from Grade 1 to Grade 6, and has a mixed grade class. The project operates for three hours per day, teaching mathematics, English and life skills, utilising the official South African curriculum.
The project is hosted by three host school communities, comprising a mix of government, private and independent schools. They provide management, supervision, financial management and other expertise, and also contribute classroom, play and learning spaces, security, maintenance. Each child is provided with a daily meal, uniforms, textbooks, stationery, and safe transport to and from the project where needed.
To fulfil its core goal, the project helps past learners to join mainstream schools by helping with their registration fees. Every month, the project's alumni can take part in an alumni day where they are provided with homework support, sports, a meal and informal role models through engagement with the volunteers who run the program.
Three2Six employs refugee teachers and helps them obtain South African accredited teaching qualifications to ensure quality of education, empower them and ensure their self-reliance after they have left the project. The teachers are also provided with training to improve their skills and ability to positively impact on the social and emotional learning of the children.
Each year, in December, all children enjoy a holiday programme during which activities that they otherwise are not exposed to are organised (e.g. art, craft, drama, sports, science, educational excursions).