Building our Nation through Education, one Scholar at a time
“A nation’s future is only as promising as its next generation of citizens. Children are the rock on which our future will be built – the leaders of our country for good or ill; which is why the rich potential in each child must be developed into the skills and the knowledge that our society needs to enable it to prosper.” – Nelson Mandela 1998
Education is for life – it is an investment that cannot be lost, spent or taken away. Ian Kilbride and Tessa Smit realised this in 1994 when they formed the Spirit Foundation. They knew that a good education prepares young people to build on their abilities and it sets them up for lifelong learning. A good education gives a young person the tools and skills to confidently seize opportunities that become available to them throughout their lives.
Young people need to have a vision of the future they desire, and be equipped to make it a reality. They need to be able to understand the pathways that are open to them, they need to identify their own strengths, and they need to make choices that will lead to a fulfilling and challenging career and a happy and productive life.
However, for many young South Africans, the pathway from the vision of a successful future to the reality of it is inaccessible due to the financial restraints under which they live.
This is why the Spirit Foundation was born in 1994 – to provide the means for high school scholars to dream big and to make those dreams a reality through quality education. The Spirit Foundation is a registered, non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, South Africa, offering educational scholarships to financially disadvantaged high school scholars in the Western Cape.
By providing these educational opportunities, the Spirit Foundation is enabling future generations of South Africans access to the tools needed to meet the demands in the workplaces of tomorrow.