"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together"
Vincent Van Gogh
What We Do
Ethe Vetshe was established by Mavo Salomon in 2015 when he quit his job as mechanical engineer and moved back to his hometown in the Eastern Cape, Queenstown.
He realised children in the area were not getting sufficient education and decided to move back to his community to give back and share his knowledge by tutoring mathematics, basic computer programming, accounting and financial literacy.
We are currently working with a number schools in the Eastern Cape. When we visit a school, we cover the entire syllabus of a grade in two weeks. It is an intensive two weeks with non-stop math tutoring and it shows learners the amount of work they need to learn and gives them a lot of time to practise problem-solving and focus on their problem areas. We encourage children to challenge themselves beyond their inadequate education system and prepare themselves for an extended academic life beyond secondary school.
The long-term goal of the project is to achieve a 100% pass rate in mathematics at the schools where we operate. The immediate goal is to get as many as possible learners to enrol for maths when they are allowed to choose their subjects at the beginning of their grade 10 year.
We also aim to empower the schools where we operate to use the fully equipped computer labs that are on site. Many schools in rural areas have these facilities, donated by the government, but have no skills or knowledge to use them. We aim to share the knowledge by tutoring teachers and learners at these schools so they can develop their computer skills.
Where We Work
At the moment, we are presenting math and science tutoring at the following five schools:
Nkwanca has been with Ethe Vetshe since the inception of the project. We have worked with over 400 learners, from grade 8 to 12 and have produced excellent results, with several level 7’s achieved. In 2017, one of the learners, Anathi Mazamisa, was the the top academic achiever in the Chris Hani District and the Eastern Cape.
Another school that has been a part of Ethe Vetshe since its inception. We have worked with more than 60 grade 11 and 12 learners, with numerous level 6’s achieved. Two of the grade 12 learners from 2016 are currently doing a BSc in Computer Science, and have continued to seek academic assistance for their first year mathematics at university.
Nkosemntu Motmen Comprehensive High School
Nkosemntu had no mathematics and physical science teachers for the first two terms in 2016. Mavo took on the task to assist with grades 9 to 12 mathematics and grades 10 to 12 physical sciences. The project had a direct impact on over 160 learners with an improved pass rate in mathematics from 47% to 74% in 2017.
Umzuvukile received mathematics tuition for grades 11 and 12, and physical science tuition for grade 12s. We worked with more than 50 learners at this school.
Dumalisile Comprehensive High School
The DG Murray Trust appointed us to work with grade 12 learners at Dumalisile. This was a paid project and we covered maths and physical science with roughly 65 learners.
Who We Are
Committed to the Cause
Mavo is a mechanical engineer, born and bred in Queenstown. He holds a BSc degree in mathematics and physics, a BSc Eng degree in mechanical engineering, and a MSc Eng degree. He started tutoring in 1993 and quit his job in 2015 to return to his hometown and pour all of his energy into this outreach programme.
Kwezi is a commerce graduate who for the past five years has been imparting computer skills to kids in his village. He was also involved in a project that had the aim of developing a deep understanding of science, encourage more learners to pursue careers in science and technology. He believes education is an important vehicle for reducing poverty and inequality.
Zama holds a National Diploma in accounting and a sales and marketing diploma. He is a local toilet paper manufacturer in Queenstown, with sales and operational experiences in both Coca Cola and SA Breweries. He has a passion for job creation through building a solid base of educated and capable youth.
How You Can Help
Turning Interest Into Action
Ethe Vetshe is run by Mavo at his own costs and with donations from friends and corporates from time to time. In 2018, the costs for the project ran close to R1,8 million. In 2019, we hope to expand the project, reaching more schools and more learners in the Eastern Cape rural areas. We have estimated our costs for 2019 at almost R6 million and are seeking financial support from corporates and government.
We are a registered non-profit organisation (NPO number: 227-905) and all donations are tax deductible. For more information on how you can get involved and the tax benefits included, please contact us.