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.”