Qhubeka, World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa, supplies bicycles to schoolchildren through one of their programs: Bicycle Education Empowerment Programme (BEEP).
By reducing the time it takes for students to commute to and from school, bicycles enable them to spend more time in class and on homework. Students are also less tired; therefore they are better able to concentrate on their schoolwork.
In partnership with Qhubeka’s field implementation partner, World Vision South Africa, we provide bicycles to school children with the objectives of:
- Increasing attendance and performance of vulnerable children in community and government schools
- Retaining more girls in school
- Improving teacher attendance and access to professional development activities
- Uplifting the livelihoods of bicycle benefi ciaries and their families
- Improving safety and security of students travelling to and from school
BEEP is designed to empower schools and communities to select and have oversight of bicycle bene ficiaries. The primary selection criterion for benefi ciaries is need and is based on the distance benefi ciaries have to travel to school. Generally, 85% of bicycles per school are allocated to students and 15% to teachers and community supporters, and 70% of the students’ allocation is targeted for girl students.
How far South African students walk:
- Walking to school is good exercise as long as the distance is reasonable. An average person can walk 2km to 3km in half an hour.
- According to information released by Statistics South Africa in July 2014, eight million children in Grade 0 to Grade 12 walk all the way to school.
- Two million South African children walk for over 30 minutes to get to school. In other words they walk more than 6km just going to and from school each day.
- Half a million South African children walk for more than an hour to school, which means every day they may be walking more than 12km to school and back.
How BEEP changes lives:
- With a Buffalo Bicycle, a child’s commute time is reduced by up to 75%.
- Schools where children ride bicycles to class see attendance rates rise by 18% on average.
- On average, academic performance for students who receive bicycles has improved to 59%.
Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means to carry on, to progress, to move forward.
Qhubeka helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there.
For more information about World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa, please visit www.qhubeka.org
About Qhubeka’s BEEP Field Implementation Partner: World Vision
With over 50 years experience in delivering quality child focused, community based, transformational development programs, World Vision is the largest privately funded international relief, development and advocacy charity in the world. World Vision’s highly trained and experienced staff manage Child Sponsorship Projects locally, and the input of the community is fundamental to the development work undertaken.
Motivated by the belief that no child should live in poverty, World Vision works alongside communities to improve the well-being of children, serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
World Vision South Africa operates through 20 area development programmes (ADPs) situated throughout the country and supports nearly 50,000 children through sponsorship.
For more information on World Vision visit http://www.worldvision.co.za