Cape Einsteins receive study devices

From left are Julian Green, Lerato Tshipo and Aadam Van Der Schyff who are part of The Cape Einstein Foundation programme.

Oval North High School pupils received tablet computers, a flash drive and data from The Cape Einstein Foundation to help with their studies at school.

The Cape Einstein Foundation was founded by German couple, Paul and Butzi Spiering, who help disadvantaged children to achieve academic success. The programme has been in existence for 16 years.

The Spierings focus on redressing the injustices of the past by helping pupils at schools in disadvantaged areas, said teacher and former board member at The Cape Einstein Foundation, Liesel Johannes.

The couple, who are based in Germany, are currently working with 20 pupils in the Western Cape, some of whom attend Oval North High School in Beacon Valley.

Other schools involved in the programme are Ravensmead High School, Bishop Lavis High School and Florida High School in Ravensmead.

Julian Green, 16, who is part of the programme, said it had been of great help to him. “In this programme I see that hard work pays off. They help us become what we need to be. I would like to be a businessman and entrepreneur when I finish studying. I want to be successful and own my own business,” he said.

Another participant, Lerato Tshipo, 16, who would like to be an actor, added: “This programme is encouraging to me and my academic journey. It is needed and I appreciate what it has done for me.”

Aadam Van Der Schyff, 18, said the programme has helped give him “extra motivation”.

“I got this opportunity and I will use it to the best of my ability. I want to be an engineer and this programme will help me get there,” he said.

Ms Johannes added: “They are working really hard and we can see it in the way they carry themselves. They are true leaders, who work hard to achieve great results.”

“It is nice to know that people want to give back and see disadvantaged pupils succeed.”