Access to quality education is essential to ending the cycle of disease and poverty in Africa. According to the World Bank -
“A basic education has a general preventative impact: it can inform children and youth and equip them to make decisions concerning their own lives, bring about long-term behavioural change, and give them the opportunity for economic independence – all fundamental to prevention, and therefore to hope.”
Bicycle Education Empowerment Programme (BEEP) – Project Summary
The BEEP project looks to address poor access to education by accomplishing the following strategic objectives:
- Increase attendance of vulnerable children in community and government schools
- Increase performance of vulnerable children in community and government schools
- Improve livelihoods of bicycle beneficiaries and their families
- Improve safety and security of students travelling to and from school
How we do it
BEEP is implemented through a collaborative partnership between Qhubeka and World Vision South Africa.
World Vision South Africa works into a number of communities on South Africa through their World Vision Area Development programmes.
The BEEP programme is introduced to all the schools that fall within the Area Development programme. Once a school has agreed to host the programme, BEEP is introduced to the parents and students at each school through induction meetings. Following these meetings a Bicycle Supervisory Committee is selected and set-up at each school. The role of the Bicycle Supervisory Committee is to oversee the selection of all bicycle beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries are selected based on application forms received from parents and students. Selection of students is based on the following criteria:
- World Vision supported children with completed applications forms who attend the school
- The relative distance travelled to school every day
- Dropped school attendance due to distance travelled
- Orphans and Vulnerable Children – students from households with limited resources
- School Students ages between 13 an d17 years old
Selected students are then asked to sign a service to own contract for the bicycle. These contracts typically get students to commit to the programmes and to improving grades and attendance at school. Once the final list of beneficiaries is decided World Vision and Qhubeka prepare for and organise the official bicycle handover ceremony.
World Vision will continue to monitor and evaluate each student for two years tracking their school attendance and educational performance.