Leap - South Africa

Leap Science and Maths Schools is an independent non-profit organisation. It offers free quality education at upper secondary level for very poor children from South African townships.

Throughout their Leap course, the pupils receive extra academic follow-up to correct the serious deficiencies they bring to the school.

They also receive a great deal of support to develop their personal awareness and equip them to become young leaders and agents of change in their local communities.

Leap provides an interactive, participatory form of teaching with the focus on problem-solving, unlike the typical blackboard-based education in most township schools.

Pupils get double time in core subjects such as mathematics, science, social studies and English.
Classes are small, with less than 25 pupils each. That compares with more than 40 per class in most township schools.

The Leap model is copiable, which is why six schools of this type are now operating in three different South African provinces – all of them achieving extraordinary results.


More about this project

  • – Every child has the potential to become an agent of change

    March 10, 2022

    Every child, regardless of socio-economic background, ethnicity, gender, and religious belief, has the potential to become a creative, productive, problem-solving citizen. That is the belief of the South African organisation LEAP Science and Math Schools, which recently received £542 000 over the next two years from Kavli Trust.

  • Stepping up for youth in South Africa

    April 09, 2018

    The Kavli Trust has decided to extend their cooperation with LEAP Science and Math Schools in South Africa. The new agreement will ensure 120 young South Africans access to high-quality education in the years to come.

  • Zodwa’s plan

    December 19, 2017

    Zodwa has a plan. The 17-year-old South African wants to help other children and young people from her neighbourhood in Cape Town. “And then I want to start my own company.”

  • Leaping into the South African future

    June 03, 2016

    Any child, no matter how impoverished their background, is capable of tertiary study, if given the right educational opportunity and support. That is the belief of the South African organisation LEAP, which recently received NOK four million from the Norwegian Kavli Trust.