EDU360 is an independent organisational success story. We provide learning opportunities to our Specialist School students and Vocational Academy students, whom possess moderate to profound learning difference. EDU360 opens doors to students who struggle to access mainstream curricula; providing enriched programmes which unlock access to academic content. EDU360 prides itself in operating efficiently and effectively, with a clear vision to benefit specific students, who are invested and deserving.
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Describe in detail what your Organisation does:
EDU360 develops Independent, confident and job-ready students. The EDU360 organisation is an education provider in the Specialist School (High School) and Vocational Academy markets, offering inclusive development opportunities to students with a tangible history of learning difference. We assist our students to manage their learning difference, better.
How long has your Organisation been operational?
In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation?
We operate in a niche market and have a successful and tangible record of success. Despite our best attempts, our greatest challenge is marketing – our client families seldom admit to their personal and professional circles, that family members may require our services and benefit from our specialist curricular offering. Marketing is expensive and we need all the support that we can muster.
Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words:
Specialist Youth Development
Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them?
We collaborate with Autism South Africa (ASA), and the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support Group of Southern Africa (ADHASA).
If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be?
I wish for the creation of a regional database – curated and updated for accuracy, across several business markets, reserved for NGOs and available at several relevant price points.
In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack?
NPOs would perform better with improved information control and flows. Hopefully, improved communication would lead to improved coordination of services and the sharing of opportunities with mutually beneficial spin-offs. Information sharing is empowering and magnanimous – capturing the spirit in which NPOs are traditionally founded.
Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation?
Be inward looking and a little selfish with your time and energy in the beginning. Spend time becoming sustainable in the first instance, then slowly become outward focused – changing your selfish stance into a selfless objective, when you are ready. There is no need to rush. There is much time to be selfless.
If you could change one thing about the Nonprofit Landscape, what would it be?
NPOs need to change the perception that they are all about providing a free or heavily subsidised service with a lower quality of effective service or product offering. This is not the case. NPOs can offer a top quality specialist service – which attracts a realistic fee, where the funding is strategically spread and managed between sponsors, members, customers and market participants. Of course, the intention and criteria need to be clear with an overarching aim of development and public benefit.
Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links:
We are most proud of our successful students – not just because they are managing to navigate a complex mix of theoretical and practical tasks, successfully. Our students are becoming independent, confident and job-ready candidates for employment. All our programmes are accredited and we understand how to make learning accessible to students with a proven record of failure and despair.
Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use?
Energising Motivating Welcoming