In 2010, we started an after-school program to tutor students. As we connected with other after-school programs, we shared resources and training and formed a collective of tutoring practitioners. By 2014, we founded Outliers, to support a community of 12 after-school programs. We have supported more than 320 after-school programs since, together impacting thousands of students each week. I will continue to support these programs until every child has access to equal education.
I trust in the power of small actions. I believe in the power of hard working people. In a world where everyone has an opinion about what is wrong, the joy of Outliers is watching a solution in action. A solution that comes through small actions, dedicated people and a lot of hard work. I look forward to seeing every child being able to access a safe space of their own, to love learning, and be shepherded by the wonderful people of this network.
I believe that education not only equips us with knowledge to know better, but it empowers us with the skills to do better. Equal access to education gives all young people the power to make choices that shape their lives and not let circumstances dictate it for them. I joined Outliers because they help create spaces so that all young people have access to resources that will give them the knowledge and skill to choose a better life for themselves and their community.
In 2020, during National lockdown and school closure, Outliers distributed in excess of 25000 workbooks. With many printing facilities closed, Vulisango Mtshikwana of Rondebosch United Church helped us launch this emergency response by personally printing thousands of copies of workbooks every week. When we moved offices to Rondebosch United Church, Vulisango joined our team to help with procurement and distribution of million rands worth of resources each year.