The Jacaranda Foundation aims achieve the following goals:
• Provide a quality learning environment
• Ensure high student enrollment and retention rates
• Ensure high student achievement, including high national examination pass rates and English fluency
• Provide access to nutritious meals
• Provide programs to increase HIV/AIDS and life skills knowledge
• Support university and vocational school placement
• Facilitate job placement and job readiness skills
• Provide access to libraries and literacy programs
According to our 2016 Evaluation Report conducted by an independent evaluator, Jacaranda has achieved the following accomplishments. View the full report.
Jacaranda’s approach to comprehensive education and care changes children’s lives. It gives them the skills, support and resilience to enter university, vocational schools, or enter the workforce. Jacaranda alumni have the strength and capacity to give back to their school and community.
In the 2015-16 school year, 320 children attended the Jacaranda School.
- 29 students are currently enrolled in the university scholarships program and twelve students are obtaining vocational training on-site.
- Through the library and literacy outreach programs, they reach an additional 5,050 local public school children via two public school libraries and 420 community members via two community libraries.
Jacaranda School has better educational outcomes compared to a similar regional public school.
- The students have better English fluency, with 73% fluency in English in primary school vs. 40% at the local primary school and 82% fluency in English in secondary school vs. 55% at the local secondary school.
- The students have better performance in final national examinations. 64% of students at Jacaranda vs. 26% of students at the local school passed Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) and 85% of students at Jacaranda vs. 58% of students at the local school passed Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLCE)
Jacaranda School has better physical and teaching infrastructure compared to a similar regional public school.
- There is a smaller student to teacher ratio, with 1 teacher to 24 pupils vs. 1 to 129 at the local primary school, and 1 teacher to 25 pupils vs. 1 to 31 at the local secondary school.
- There are more desks per student at Jacaranda, with 2 pupils to 1 desk vs. 20 pupils to 1 desk at the local primary school
- There is more restroom capacity, with 10 restrooms for 216 pupils at Jacaranda vs. 41 restrooms for 3066 pupils at the local primary school and 9 restrooms for 104 pupils vs. 0 restrooms for secondary students at the local secondary school
Jacaranda has given their graduating students the skills to enable them to find employment
- 93% of the surveyed graduating students at Jacaranda secondary school felt they had acquired enough skills to enable them succeed in life and find employment compared to 73% of the graduating students at the local public secondary school.