It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique set of challenges for Imagine Scholar. On March 19th we closed our physical campus, trading our facilitated curriculum for a digital one. Shortly thereafter, the South African government issued a country-wide lockdown.
Imagine Scholar has been called upon to be more than just an education program. While we remain uncertain when we will be able to reopen our campus, we are reminded that students don't come to Imagine Scholar, they are Imagine Scholar. This understanding allows us to decouple our physical space from our ability to enact positive change.
In light of South Africa's lockdown, many of our student’s families have been without work and a steady income for the last month and a half. Given this, Imagine Scholar has been called on to support students and their families in a much deeper way.
Beyond providing a robust digital curriculum and continuing the one-on-one coaching that keeps the Imagine Scholar mindset alive, we have also provided mobile phones and data packages to give students access to the internet, and kindles, books, and SD cards to provide hundreds of hours of academic and inspirational content. Most importantly, we’ve been able to provide food and sanitary items for all Imagine Scholar families that are in need.
We are inspired by how our students have upheld the spirit of Imagine Scholar by serving as community leaders. They have started digital study groups with their peers to keep on pace while school is out of session. They have created a COVID-19 Advocacy group to share reliable, up to date information with their families, neighbors, and friends, and they have lived Imagine Scholar’s ethos of designing your own healthy and happy lifestyle, staying positive no matter what the world throws at us.
During these unprecedented times, we hope you will consider making a gift to help us continue to provide for our students, families, and staff. An investment in them creates a ripple effect in our community, spreading positivity and reliable information when it has never been more important.
This Giving Tuesday, our goal is to raise $4000. GoFundMe will generously match the first $1000 donated!
$42 provides a Food Pack (family of 6) - many student’s families are without work right now and therefore unable to provide reliable income for food
$65 provides a cell phone & SD Card for one student - allows students to participate in digital learning curriculum
$121 provides essential care packages for a class of Imagine Scholars (12 students) - these include soap, sanitary pads, pens, notebooks, etc
$220 provides one month of cell phone internet for all students - for student’s participation in digital curriculum
$415/month goes towards each Student Support Coordinator - these Imagine Scholar alumni have been critical as our point people on the ground for all of our students Thank you for playing a key role in helping Imagine Scholar rise to the challenges of the moment.
Thank you for playing a key role in helping Imagine Scholar rise to the challenges of the moment.