Rationale

People do not determine the socio-economic status of the families in which they are born. Those born in low income households have a higher chance of being trapped in the poverty cycle if they are not equipped with the skills to exist this cycle. As such child education becomes a necessary condition for children born in low income households to exit the poverty cycle. 

           Solution

cyclical unemployment creates a large stock of idle talent such that university/college graduates spend an average of 12 months until they acquire a job. Further, school leavers on average spend 8 months until they enroll into university/college. Further still, frictional unemployment and plain volunteerism by people with time to spare, creates a stock of an underutilized stock of knowledge and skill. Application of this stock under an accommodating framework in the child education genre has a twofold benefit, firstly – actually educating and tutoring struggling children, and secondly – keeping the unemployed or vacationers mentally and positively active; preventing reckless indulgence in unconstructive vices such as substance abuse. The cumulative effect of the foregoing has created optimal conditions for the creation of an open source platform on which school leavers, graduates and anyone with some free time can get involved in the education of children for the twofold highlighted benefit.

        Target

The primary target are orphans staying in government sanctioned orphanages. Secondary targets being children that are not enrolled in school as well as any pupils that need tutoring but cannot afford paid tuitions.

       Volunteer Eligibility

Requirements to volunteer in this category are as follows:

Must be 18 years and older;

Must hold a minimum of a Grade 9 School Certificate; and

Must not have a criminal record.

*Kindly note that the above requirements are instituted to prevent abuse of the system. Further note that the above are minimum requirements – applicants will further be vetted by Wesbr Foundation management to ensure the safety of the children.

         Mechanics

Step 1:  The Wesbr Foundation identifies a suitable child education opportunity and sets up the necessary structures such as: venue, funding – if needed, equipment, acquires permissions and consents;

Step 2:  The Wesbr Foundation creates an advert for a child education opportunity on wesbrfoundation.org or other platform that can be verified on wesbrfoundation.org (for security purposes);

Step 3:  Volunteers fill out the Wesbr Foundation Volunteer form on wesbrfoundation.org or hardcopy;

Step 4:  The Wesbr Foundation evaluates the applications and selects suitable candidates for the project; 

Step 5:  The Wesbr Foundation facilitates a workshop in which volunteers undergo short term training by experts in the fields under focus; and

Step 6:  Volunteers begin the program.

      Funding

The projects are principally crowd funded but may apply for project specific grants. Fund raising campaigns are initiated when projects are approved; unsolicited funds are nonetheless welcome and will strictly sit on the child education account until a project is approved.