Trevor Noah raises R2 million to support teachers

JOHANNESBURG – According to Trevor Noah, one great teacher can make all the difference in a child’s life.

Trevor Noah has launched a crowdfunding campaign on a local fundraising platform, BackaBuddy, to raise R2 million to support teachers.

Noah started the campaign in a matched giving effort to empower education through his recently launched, Trevor Noah Foundation. The foundation was founded last year, with a vision that South Africa can only advance if each generation builds on the last.

According to the foundation, educating youth is key to this vision becoming a reality adding that their aim is achieving a 100 per cent transition rate of the matric learners into continued education.

Noah said he has come to realise that the secret to good quality education is great teachers. “In my life and the lives of many other kids, one great teacher has made all the difference.

“We want to give teachers the support they need because teachers are underpaid, and we want to make sure the people who educate those children are able to sustain themselves.”

Noah is asking the public to support his vision and help scale the foundation’s impact and ensure no child gets left behind.

Funds raised will be managed by the foundation to assist various schools across South Africa and eliminate obstacles that stand in the way of children and teachers reaching their full potential.

As a special thank you, donors will be randomly selected to receive the following:

  • Five donors will receive a pair of VIP tickets to the Global Citizen Festival on 2 December
  • 20 donors will receive a signed copy of Noah’s memoir Born a Crime
  • One person will get a personal thank you tweet from Noah
  • One donor will receive a pair of tickets to Noah’s next comedy show in South Africa (dates to be announced)

“When the powerful and the many work together, massive change is possible,” said BackaBuddy CEO, Patrick Schofield.

“Trevor’s matching, rand-for-rand, every donation made by people across the world up to R2 million. That’s an incredible commitment to being part of the change we need in SA and in a way that recognises that this is something we can do together,” Schofield concluded.

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