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What’s been happening

Dignity campaign

Because your life is your message to the world…

As a part of their Dignity Campaign, Springfield girls organised a talk for the high school girls about conquering fear.Especially those fears that cause us to make bad decisions for ourselves, such as the fear of being different or the fear of being judged...see here


SA2030 is unique programme that brings dynamic young minds together to identify issues they feel are important to address in building for 2030. Groups of High School History learners were required to compose a detailed research essay presenting their ideas and vision for a South Africa in 2030 focusing on one of three areas of the National Planning Commission’s Plan- Transformation and Unity, the Economy and Education. View the presentations on sa3030.shikaya.org

 The winning Essay: ‘The Sibling Project’

Grace Bridgman,  Lauren De Bruyn and Lara Murray


Group 6 (The winners)

Springfield Convent School, shared their exciting idea of a Sibling School Project whereby schools will pair with each other and create initiatives in which they may assist each other and learn from each other. Schools will assist each other in the following: Academics, Teacher exchange, Student exchange, Sport, Resources, Fundraising, Socials and the like.


  Group 1

Springfield Convent School presented their Economic Solutions for South Africa by addressing issues such as: insufficient capital, planning advice and knowledge, appropriate business location, labour pool, and lack of experience.

Group 2

Rondebosch Boys and Bishops College students joined forces to tackle the seven steps they feel are needed to reform Education in South Africa. These steps are: Direct incentives, Teacher accountability, Tuition, Technology, Libraries, Privatisation and Progressive grading.

Group 3

The Herzlia Senior School group identified how a fully sustainable eco-village can transform and unite communities through shared learning and common purpose. Eco-village residents are encouraged to take ownership of their livelihoods by building their own homes, growing their own crops, and adopting skill-sharing practices wherever possible.

Group 4

Collaboration between Rondebosch Boys and Herschel Senior School had the group unpacking their practical solutions to improve our Economy. These solutions included: Lowering of the minimum wage to encourage entrepreneurship, improved healthcare, and a large-scale government grown Hemp industry.

Group 5

Chesterhouse International School shared their solutions to address the problem of South Africa’s “unequal economic society” by highlighting the ideals of foreign investment and closer bonds with other nations, and Empowerment through entrepreneurship.

Kay Mason Foundation Alumni experience the UP2US journey

 These graduates felt a strong desire to be advocates for positive change in their communities and in society through acting as mentors and positive role models to the current KMF scholars and the young people in the community.

We held a full-day interactive UP2US workshop at the KMF offices in Cape Town. Natasha Dyer of KMF introduced the programme by sharing her story of inspiration and asking participants to take the time to write their story about a day, person or experience that inspired them. Natasha’s aim was to encourage participants to open up to the possibilities of the day, the exploration of self and the realisation of untapped potential.

The UP2US ‘journey’ started with the exploration of individual identity and the way in which our identity and potential is so often shaped by circumstances and those around us. Through ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly’ participants engaged with the way in which we are shaped by our communities, and so often, encouraged to conform rather than fulfill our potential. Discussion was thoughtful. Participants noted that more often than not, conformity is something that we tolerate – that we allow.

This was also compared to the desire for acceptance and to group association. Participants, in their discussion, concluded that we need to be motivated, if not by ourselves, then by someone else who believes in our capability and potential, and that what we really need is a moment of awakening – we need to have faith in ourselves and recognise that we can be those people who achieve their goals and realise their dreams.

The journey came to end once we had shared stories of identity, belonging and leading by example. Participants shared their words of hope and in creating their “Charter to Build a Nation” highlighted what it is they choose to stand for and stand against and how they would do this.

 Young People From schools across Cape Town and UP2US!

Having worked through the UP2US Xperience the delegates began to create their own campaigns.They were asked to address the following: “How do you create a campaign which will inspire young people in racially and economically diverse communities to take a stand?”

The campaigns were created around issues close to them and included among others:

Σ-fi-Education for infinity (Education)

Life (make the powerful choice for prevention of alcohol and drug abuse)

Be a child Day (for child abuse)

I am Blue (for abuse against boys and men)

Hungry for Education ( for Education)