The aim of the Schools of Frugal Innovation project is to reduce the complexity and cost of education. The NextSchool hopes to equip learners with the right tools, by setting up platforms that encourages the engagement of local communities and their role models while developing infrastructure through refurbishing classrooms as well as providing access to libraries and electricity.
We have observed that learners at intermediate schooling are often more inquisitive and open to learn. With the right brand partnerships, The NextSchool will therefore encourage and empower young learners in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as agriculture.
Through weekend gatherings and bootcamps, we will train and engage with students around specific projects that address local, relevant issues or challenges. We will also recognise the best innovations in the categories of health and sanitation, conservation, arts and technology. Our aim is to produce and sustain at least six developments and innovations at the selected schools, which could be managed by young learners, mentors and brand partners.
We have collaborated with a number of young, local role models such as entrepreneurs and inventors Stuart Ntlathi, Lufefe Nomjana, Thembinkosi Matika, Wandile Mabanga, Refilwe Ledwaba, Vincent Manzini and many more, in order for them to act as mentors at six schools in the Eastern Cape Transkei region.