The Three2Six Project was founded in 2008 by Sacred Heart College with an intention of bridging the education gap in children. Due to difficulties securing space in schools around the country, Sacred Heart placed their focus on Refugee and Asylum Seeker Children’s education in South Africa. With Sacred Heart College being the first host school of the project, where nearly 100 children were given three hours of education daily. Children experienced love, comfort and family.

That number would soon grow as Observatory Girls Primary School opened its doors to more children in 2010 and in 2016 even more were accommodated at Holy Family College. With over 300 children, our dedicated teachers ensure that every child receives necessary training, knowledge development and preparation to enter a regular school.   

The project provides quality education based on the Marist values. This happens in a space that encourages integration, inclusion, diversity of expression, understanding and giving voice to the children.

PRESENCE

We care for students
We know each one individually
We seek relationship founded on love
We are attentive and welcoming
We earn trust, we foster openness

SIMPLICITY

We are genuine and straightforward
We say what we believe and show it
We are honest before God and ourselves
We seek humility and modesty, ‘to do good quietly’
We use simplicity in our teaching
We encourage simplicity as a value in our lives, not seduced by possessions and fame

FAMILY SPIRIT

We relate to each other and to young people in our care as the members of a loving family
We undertake to build community
We offer a warmth of welcome, acceptance and belonging
We share life’s successes and failures
We set clear standards of honesty, mutual respect and tolerance
We believe in each student’s innate goodness, not confusing the person with their actions
We give preferential attention to those whose needs are greatest
We encourage leadership based on collaboration and shared responsibility

LOVE OF WORK

We are people of work, ready to ‘roll up our sleeves’
We work with total confidence in God
We are generous of heart, constant and persevering in our daily work
We prepare classes, being visionary and decisive in meeting the needs of our students
We encourage our students to discover the dignity of work, a source of self-fulfilment
We view work as a way to bring purpose and meaning to life
We seek to develop strong character and resilience, balanced moral conscience and solid values
We foster motivation and teamwork.

IN THE WAY OF MARY

We see Mary as a perfect model of the Marist educator – as an exemplar of the Christian life, as mother, as one who praised God
We see Mary as a woman on a journey of Faith
We believe Mary had a difficult life and ‘dust on her feet’
We consciously bring a Marial dimension to our teaching by prayer, imitating Mary’s tenderness, strength and constancy of faith

Divine is a bright, articulate and energetic young woman, attending the Vaal University of Technology along thousands of others. However her journey to tertiary education wasn’t straightforward.

In 2007 Divine arrived at the age of 7 in South Africa with her family. They had fled conflict in The Democratic Republic of Congo and travelled down to South Africa seeking safety and refuge.

When they arrived, Divine was not accepted into any local schools because she arrived mid-year and also because she couldn’t speak English. Their family was informed about the new Three2Six Refugee Children’s Education Project and when the project opened its doors Divine was one of the first learners enrolled.

Divine remembers coping well with Maths but finding learning in the new language, English, very challenging. However she persevered and by the she completed Grade 6 in the project, she was thriving. Divine went on to do very well at her new school, Yeoville Community School and then to obtain excellent marks at Athlone Girls High School, enabling her to be accepted into University.

“The 4 years I passed in the Project have made me the person I am today. It has been the greatest step I have made in my life and the foundation of my education process. The Three2Six Project has done so much for me that my own words are not enough to express. I am grateful to them.”

Divine is a wonderful example of the hope and growth that young people can offer our shared community when provided with access to an education.

Divine

Three2Six Alumni

Randiy, from Burundi, was one the first Three2Six learners and remained with the project for four years. He has now finished his Grade 12 at Sacred Heart College. 
 
‘[My experience at Three2Six] was very remarkable, I began my first grade in the Three2Six project and they welcomed me, they were very welcoming, they had remarkable things to teach us […] And they treated us very well.
 
And they gave us lunch in the afternoon […] And they took care of us, they gave us uniforms, they made sure that we learned what we had to learn. They gave us remarkable education as refugees because we refugees we are not accepted by government schools, we are not recognised. Three2Six took us in and they recognised us as children that were in need of education. Three2Six has opened doors for me.’

Randry

Three2Six Alumni

Paul, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), was a Three2Six learner for two years. He is currently on scholarship at Sacred Heart College.
 
‘I learnt a lot [during my two years at Three2Six] because I met people from more countries so I experienced different cultures and also we were taught different languages […] [The most remarkable experience for me is that] I was taught mostly perseverance, it is always persevere, go for what you want for in life, no matter the situation, just work hard and focus on your goal’

Paul

Three2Six Alumni


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