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he or she has to per­form well aca­dem­i­cally and score an av­er­age of at least 60% to qual­ify for the bur­sary again the next year.

So moved were Brook­stein and Rooza by the plight of a boy from Rand­fontein – who was bul­lied in front of his teacher and filmed be­ing beaten by a class­mate in a video that went vi­ral – that they of­fered him a bur­sary.

“I never started this busi­ness to make money; it was not our in­ten­tion to try to cre­ate a com­pany. The need was for some­thing small,” says Brook­stein.

The teach­ers at the school are also in­volved in teacherde­vel­op­ment work­shops for staff at town­ship schools in Cosmo City, and ex­tra classes for chil­dren in Bos­mont, from which many of them come.

“We have maths pro­grammes for Grade 10s and matrics at CJ Botha Se­condary School in Bos­mont,” says Brook­stein.

Their so­cial-en­tre­pre­neur­ial phi­los­o­phy also ex­tends to their teach­ing staff, who they al­low to use the school’s fa­cil­i­ties for ex­tra lessons at no cost. The teach­ers are also able to buy shares in the school.

“This im­proves the teach­ers’ per­for­mance, and com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion to the chil­dren,” Rooza ex­plains.

“We have a vested in­ter­est in keep­ing the chil­dren in the school, and edu-en­trepreneur­ship works to en­cour­age us to be mind­ful of who our client is: the child.”

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