The Communiversity
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So, they put together a free programme of educational support to bridge the space between school and further learning so acceptance rates into institutions go up and dreams can get bigger (and more real)!


Cape Town, South Africa (20 August 2023) — Most of us know that graduating high school is not the end of the story, but only the beginning of a much longer (and more expensive) one. However, in South Africa, the national emphasis is too much on finishing schooling and not about preparing students for what comes next. And if what comes next is a big leap away from what just ended (the space between passing matric and university or college requirements) things tend to get discouraging.

But, organisations like the Communiversity of South Africa have stepped in to turn the leap into a softer step.

The Communiversity is the answer to the question many people looking to go into post-secondary education have—like how will I meet the requirements to get in, in the first place, if I am from an underprivileged school that might not have equipped me well enough?

How the Communiversity Works and Why it Does?

Through brilliant community-based education and educational professionals dedicating their time, the Communiversity offers a free four-month college-prep programme that helps people from under-resourced backgrounds who can’t wait to jumpstart their higher learning journeys, level the educational playing field. This way, the educational gap becomes bridged better.

Through courses like English, Computer Skills, Mathematics Literacy, Debating, Cognitive Development, Stress Management and Career Guidance and Placement, obstacles to being accepted and to feeling psychologically strong enough to tackle post-secondary education become lesser, while dreams become bigger and closer.

Because of how important programmes like this are and how much more commonplace they should be, the South African Department of Social Development awarded the Communiversity a special award.

The unique education enterprise works because the road to further education requires a lot more than a few textbooks, but a wealth of support and additional skills. Not to mention, informed career guidance.

Founder Dr Melanie Brown shares:

“So far, we have over 1800 students who have participated with a current average of 95% gaining college acceptance after having been turned away prior to the Communiversity programme.”

The Communiversity is a shining example of what accessible education can achieve!

Find out more via their website here.

Sources: The Communiversity of South Africa; Dr Melanie Brown 
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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