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Welcome to Uplands Outreach


Dear Friends

On a weekly basis, Violah Moya and I leave the serene Uplands campus in White River and take a thirty-minute winding journey down the granite hills to scenic Kabokweni, located in the heart of the Insikazi school circuit, here in rural Mpumalanga, South Africa. The purpose of our trips is to provide on-site support to the school leaders, teachers and learners who participate in our Uplands Outreach programmes.

Moving between these two worlds, one can never escape the inequalities that are so prevalent in our South African society. If you’re well-read, you will know that the debate on inequality took a prominent turn in 2014 with the release of French economist Thomas Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, an unlikely bestseller. Sparking widespread debate, Picketty’s tome explores long-term patterns and historical causes of inequality.

No matter where you fall on the Picketty or tax-opinion spectrum (bearing in mind the famous quote that taxes are the price that we pay for civilization), one cannot deny the savage inequalities that exist in South Africa. You may ascribe this to historical influences, economic growth, uneven wealth distributions, social classes, monitory and/or economic policy - all these themes are relevant in the South African context.

What interests me most in the debate on inequality is the compelling role of education. Without better learning outcomes and the generation of an educated workforce, greater employment and equality are simply unattainable in South Africa. There is undeniable truth in what my parents taught me: education gives you options. Without quality education, there are very few options.

Educational disparities have been the central focus of Uplands Outreach since our inception twenty years ago, thanks to the vision of the Uplands community. Recently, the Board of Directors at Uplands reconfirmed that Outreach is essential to the vision and mission of the school. As a top-performing independent school, Uplands is still committed to playing a significant, transformational role in the educational landscape for all of South Africa’s children.

I would like to express thanks and appreciation to everyone who has contributed to Uplands Outreach’s success over the past two decades. With your support and interest, Outreach will work industriously to create another twenty years of ‘raising achievement for all’ in rural Mpumalanga. If any of you wish to join Violah and me on our next winding journey over the granite hills, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Warmest regards

Nicolette (Nicky) de Bruyn
Director
Uplands Outreach

Over the past five years, we have worked in a systemic manner in the Insikazi School Circuit in Mpumalanga, with 35 ordinary public schools, and 26,000 learners have benefitted.

Uplands Outreach is passionate about working collaboratively with our partner schools to raise the achievement levels for all learners in rural Mpumalanga, by utilising the expertise, skills, facilities, and culture of excellence of Uplands Preparatory School and Uplands College, independent schools in existence since 1928 and 1998, respectively.

The Uplands Schools Board meets quarterly, as does the Outreach Executive Committee. The Outreach Executive Committee consists of:

  •  Miles Japhet, Chairman
  •  Austin Clarke, Executive Headmaster of Uplands
  •  Nadia Lambrechts, Business Manager of Uplands
  •  Mandrew Nyambi, Insikazi Circuit Manager
  •  Nicolette de Bruyn, Director of Uplands Outreach

We are audited annually by KPMG and Audited Financial Statements are available upon request.  PBO and NPC details listed to the right. 

Uplands Outreach:

...is a joint venture between Uplands Preparatory School and Uplands College
(Associations Incorporated under Section 21)
NPC Registration: 971852408
PBO: 1811132816 NPO: 036217
Bank Account: Uplands Outreach & Development Committee
FNB, Branch Code: 270552, Account No: 5428 002 8358

Our Six Core Values

Innovative

We focus on promising new approaches to closing the achievement gap in rural education in Mpumalanga.

Accountable

We regularly measure and monitor our performance, and our impact.

Model of Excellence

We set high standards and promote best practices in education.

Offer
Far-reaching Impact

We achieve maximum value and impact for our donors, and our projects are designed to directly benefit learners.

Financial Sustainability

We endeavor to secure predictable revenue sources for our programs.

Community Participation

We are responsive to our communities and we are consultative in our practices.

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