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The Mentees Ark

What does your company do?

The Mentees Ark is a non-profit company which exists to increase the number of public school learners who qualify to study in higher institutions. We do this through tutoring, career counseling and mentorship.

What is your biggest success?

The biggest success is having 75% of the learners who are in Grade 12 get into higher institutions. One of the leaners we have tutored is doing his final year this year at UJ in BCom Accounting.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Getting our target audience to pay. Since we are targeting leaners from the township, most of them cannot afford the R100 we charge them monthly. We have launched Grade 12 online courses due to the Covid 19 pandemic, getting leaners to pay for our services has been tough. We make an impact, we see the learners we have worked with succeed. But that is mostly because we offered our services for free.

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