Dreaming, doing and making a difference
Dreaming, doing and making a difference

CORPORATE SOCIAL INVESTMENT AT OXBRIDGE ACADEMY

 

At Oxbridge Academy, we are dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of our students, as well as in the lives of those in our surrounding communities. On this page, you can find out more about the various corporate social investment projects we’ve been involved in recently:

ONGOING PROJECTS

Acting Hope

 

Acting Hope is a non-profit organisation focused on empowering women and children, and giving them the opportunity to touch the lives of others while making a significant difference in their communities. Acting Hope, started by Ingrid Burger (Mrs United Nations South Africa 2014) in 2012, is now the NPO platform of Oxbridge Academy. Click here to read more about Acting Hope

Training & Education at Goodwood Correctional Services

 

In 2012, as part of the Lead SA initiative, Oxbridge Academy started donating courses and bursaries to Goodwood Correctional Services to help rehabilitate inmates through giving them educational and skills development opportunities. Since then, our contribution has grown each year. Glory Shabangu, the manager of the education and training department at Goodwood Correctional Services, says: “Education improves the quality of life for offenders. It equips offenders with skills and attributes necessary for self-reliance and good citizenship.” Shabangu also adds: “This will equip offenders with effective life skills to confront the social and economic challenges they may be confronted with in society, to ensure that they do not re-offend and return to prison.” The programme is all about empowering South Africans to be responsible citizens through education, as well as giving them the opportunities that will prevent them from returning to a life of crime. In the 2015/2016 academic year, Oxbridge Academy is donating 30 courses to help Goodwood Correctional Services rehabilitate offenders through education. These courses include vocation-oriented programmes such as Small Business Management, OHS, Project Management, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

ONCE-OFF PROJECTS

Keep Stellenbosch Warm Drive
August 2015

On 14 August 2015, Oxbridge Academy’s staff representatives took five overflowing 200 litre boxes to the nearby Stellenbosch Night Shelter as part of our Keep Stellenbosch Warm drive. Throughout June and July, each department at Oxbridge Academy filled one of these boxes with blankets, food, clothes, and other donated items. The Stellenbosch Night Shelter has been active in the Stellenbosch community for over 24 years, relying almost exclusively on charitable donations, according to the Shelter Chairman Dorothy Reyneke. Reyneke told us that the shelter gives homeless people a safe place to stay, dinner, and breakfast the next morning. They also focus on helping homeless people take more responsibility for their lives. “This is not a permanent home – it’s accommodation till something better,” said Reyneke. “You’ve got to learn to try and make something more of yourself.” Oxbridge Academy also donated 10 Ubuntu Short Courses to the Stellenbosch Night Shelter to give those who want to improve their lives through education and vocational training the chance to do so.