Ignition aims to help Alexandra Township matriculants to find employment by providing finance for fees and books for studying or technical training. All of them receive mentoring. The project fills the gap for students who do not qualify for scholarships or bursaries and have no access to student loans.
The effects of the current high unemployment rate and lack of skills in South Africa desperately need attention, and there is a particular need for technical expertise. There are many hard working, ambitious young people who desire to study further to build a future for themselves and their extended families. However most of these young adults cannot gain access to financial resources to study beyond grade 12.
Students come mainly from the Rays of Hope (RoH) projects; many are Rose-Act Saturday School alumni and others from the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project; some have been referred to Ignition by Alex schools. Future candidates may emerge from the IKhaya Lomusa Child and Youth Care Centre. Please note that Ignition only accepts applicants residing and going to school in Alexandra.