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The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme.

Alternative Learning

On 9 April, nearly 1 300 learners were yet to be placed in Western Cape schools. With so many learners still awaiting placement, could the solution to this crisis lie in alternative education systems?

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Aspiring graphic designer Jon Hugo, 20, is a shy but resilient young man. He loves flying and hopes to obtain a pilot licence one day. “When I was much younger I used to fly with my dad who was a light aircraft pilot. I enjoyed every moment in the air and plan to get my pilot licence when I land a permanent job,” he says.
Born in Rustenburg, North West province, Jon is a proud product of home schooling. “I started home schooling when I was three. I was going to stop when I was seven and go to a normal school, but my parents decided to just stick with it, because they are missionaries and move to different places all the time. I enjoyed being able to study at home and going at my own pace while also spending more time with my family,” he says.
Michael Beck, 17, is a Grade 12 learner at Cultivating Excellence tutoring centre in Wynberg. The centre, which is also known as a cottage school as it provides lessons in small settings, follows the Cambridge curriculum. “I browsed through the Internet and found Cultivating Excellence. My parents were reluctant about the school system at first, but after researching the centre they agreed to enrol me for the year. Now they like the school system, because of the sense of independence it has given me,” says Michael.

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