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App founders and NPO partner to give underprivileged children free tutoring

Written by: Megan Ellis

The creators of a tutor-booking app and a local non-profit organisation have partnered together to give free tutoring to underprivileged children in Mamelodi.

Cognition.Online, a location-based tutor-booking app, connects learners and students with people who can help them with a specific school or university subject.

While Cognition.Online is a for-profit company, the founders of the app say that they have always wanted to contribute to uplifting vulnerable communities. Providing free tutoring is one way they are achieving this.

Tshiamo Learning, based in Mamelodi, is a tutoring and mentorship NPO which will be using Cognition.Online as the tech backbone of the free tutoring programme.

Volunteer tutors who are offering their services at no charge are making this initiative possible. But Cognition is also interested in creating jobs and promotes its service as a way that tutors are able to make a regular income.

Therefore the company is calling on corporate donors who can help fund the Mamelodi programme – turning the volunteer tutors into paid employees.

"Tutors are able to improve their quality of life and receive a stable and substantial income from using Cognition. This is why we would like to look to corporate partners to come on board and assist with funding so that we can start to pay the tutors that are involved in this initiative and thus succeed in providing both benefits of the app.”

Kyle Dodds, Cognition.Online co-founder and Managing Director

Amogelang Nawa, Chairperson and founder of Tshiamo Learning, says that he believes the partnership will be able to create real change.

“We are incredibly excited about our partnership with Cognition.Online, and are optimistic that, together, we will be able to affect a positive influence on the lives of the community in Mamelodi. Our goal now is to find a corporate partner to come on board to assist with funding so that we are able to pay our tutors and mentors and thus grow our influence and footprint even more and assist an even greater part of the community.”

Amogelang Nawa, Chairman and Founder of Tshiamo Learning

Find out more about the initiative on the Cognition.Online website and the Tshiamo Learning Facebook page.

You can also follow Cognition on Facebook and Twitter.




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