As many good ideas inevitably do, the concept of this bursary was conceived around a campfire by a group of Clifton Prep fathers who were attending a “dads & lads” weekend with their sons.
As the dads sat chatting around the fire, watching their sons play a short distance away, they came to realise that the demographic of the group of boys did not reflect that of the community which Clifton serves nor of the broader South African society that these young friends would one day find themselves a part of.
Following a robust discussion late into the night, the challenge was made to the parents present around the camp fire:
The best way to invent the future is to create it.
From those parents the founding benefactors established the Clifton Foundation Bursary.
With the transformation goal front of mind and the hope of providing access to a quality Clifton education, this bursary is awarded to disadvantaged boys from the communities surrounding Clifton who would benefit from a Clifton experience.
This appeal has recently been renamed as Clifton’s Ubuntu Bursary Fund. This will identify the appeal as one of the niche initiatives that falls within the scope of the Clifton Foundation Trust while also giving it its own identity.
This uniquely South African term “Ubuntu” means “humanity” and is often loosely translated as “I am because you (we) are” and “humanity towards others”.
It is a simple and widely recognised concept that conveys a clear message and connotation.
The spirit of Ubuntu, of a community coming together to uplift individuals, aligns strongly with the vision of what we hope to achieve at Clifton through this initiative.
This is a transformation bursary, awarded to a previously disadvantaged pupil based on financial need, and is made possible (funded) entirely through the generosity of the Clifton community.
It covers full tuition and other academic-related costs and is awarded to a deserving primary school learner. Subject to the satisfactory academic performance of the learner it is renewed annually up to the end of Grade 12.
This important initiative has been embraced by Clifton School who have committed themselves from a financial and learner-support perspective. Along with a waiver of the school’s voluntary levies and a percentage reduction on tuition costs, Clifton will also be providing the pastoral care and mentorship network for these young beneficiaries. Access to additional academic support and resources like stationery and digital devices are seen as part of the school’s support program. Clifton School understands the importance of ensuring that all beneficiaries are helped to make the most of the opportunity they have been given.
Donors are offered the opportunity to make a contribution towards the general fund for this Scholarship, or to make a dedicated commitment towards a specific boy that will cover the tuition fees for the duration of his time at Clifton.
Should you wish to contribute directly towards a specific beneficiary and be matched with an aspiring young Clifton boy who will be attending Clifton as a result of your direct generosity please contact us to discuss this opportunity further.
The Clifton Foundation is honoured to support this particular bursary initiative, to assist in helping raise funding and to provide the relevant support to its beneficiaries.
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