News and Media

Below you’ll find news articles and publications on SPARK Schools from around the globe.

For any more information or if you would like to get in contact with the SPARK School Marketing Team, email marketing@sparkschools.co.za

2019

Entrepreneur Amma Gyampo's Top Advice For African Startups

Source: entrepreneur.com
Date: 1 May 2019

Entrepreneur Amma Gyampo’s Top Advice For African Startups

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Private education can complement the public sort

Source: economist.com
Date: 11 April 2019

Private education can complement the public sort

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itslearning- Used by SPARK Schools - Wins 2019 Best Learning Management System award from Edtech Digest

Source: awsumnews.co.za
Date: 25 April 2019

itslearning- Used by SPARK Schools – Wins 2019 Best Learning Management System award from Edtech Digest

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SPARK - A trailblazer in education & women in leadership roles

Source: awsumnews.co.za
Date: 14 April 2019

SPARK – A trailblazer in education & women in leadership roles

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Q&A with Gundo Mmbi

Source: witsvuvuzela.com
Date: 14 April 2019

Q&A with Gundo Mmbi

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SA needs to move away from traditional teaching methods

Source: bizcommunity.com
Date: 11 April 2019

SA needs to move away from traditional teaching methods

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Parents say private schools' admission tests aim to exclude

Source: sowetanlive.co.za
Date: 11 April 2019

Parents say private schools’ admission tests aim to exclude

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How $5B Could Provide A Great Education For Every Kid On Earth

Source: Forbes.com
Date: 9 April 2019

How $5B Could Provide A Great Education For Every Kid On Earth

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Parents say tests aim to exclude

Source: Sunday Times
Date: 7 April 2019

Parents say tests aim to exclude

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Score him trip to USA

Source: awsumnews.co.za
Date: 1 April 2019

Score him trip to USA

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Cape footballer, 13, heads to US

Source: Cape Argus
Date: 4 April 2019

Cape footballer, 13, heads to US

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WDB Investment holdings invests in SPARK Schools

Source: awsumnews.co.za
Date: 2 April 2019

WDB Investment holdings invests in SPARK Schools

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Young Western Cape soccer star invited to top US tournament

Source: awsumnews.co.za
Date: 1 April 2019

Young Western Cape soccer star invited to top US tournament

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SPARK Carlswald hosts hour of code

Source: awsumnews.co.za
Date: 20 March 2019

SPARK Carlswald hosts hour of code

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Stacey Brewer’s twentieth SPARK School opens in Soweto

Source: alinstitute.org
Date: 14 March 2019

Stacey Brewer’s twentieth SPARK School opens in Soweto

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Mid Cap Darlings – Curro Holdings Limited

Source: inceconnect.co.za
Date: 13 March 2019

Mid Cap Darlings – Curro Holdings Limited

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$150m boost to socially conscious businesses with low profit potential

Source: moneyweb.co.za
Date: 13 March 2019

$150m boost to socially conscious businesses with low profit potential

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25 Year Celebratory Tasting Series with Ken Forrester Wines

Source: michaelolivier.co.za
Date: 8 March 2019

25 Year Celebratory Tasting Series with Ken Forrester Wines

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Twenty five years of Chenin Blanc with Ken Forrester

Source: Eikestadnuus
Date: 14 March 2019

Twenty five years of Chenin Blanc with Ken Forrester

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School benefits from Auction

Source: The Citizen (JHB Edition)
Date: 1 March 2019

School benefits from Auction

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Stellenbosch school benefits from Cape Wine Auction

Source: Eikestadnuus
Date: 28 February 2019

Stellenbosch school benefits from Cape Wine Auction

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Stellenbosch school benefits from Cape Wine Auction

Source: Wine.co.za
Date: 26 February 2019

Stellenbosch school benefits from Cape Wine Auction

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Stellenbosch school benefits from Cape Wine Auction

Source: Agriorbit
Date: 27 February 2019

Stellenbosch school benefits from Cape Wine Auction

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Technology could transform S.A educational landscape.

Source: Tech Smart
Date: 19 February 2019

Technology could transform S.A educational landscape.

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Disruptive technology could transform S.A educational landscape.

Source: IT News Africa
Date: 18 February 2019

Disruptive technology could transform South African educational landscape.

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Technology could transform S.A educational landscape.

Source: SME Tech Guru
Date: 18 February 2019

Technology could transform S.A educational landscape.

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Young Cole is already a Bright Spark!

Source: Netwerk 24
Date: 29 January 2019

Cole Williams, a winner of the “Win a Bursary” competition, has started his 2019 academic year at SPARK Lynedoch.

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E-learning Enhances Education in South African Schools

Source: IT News Africa
Date: 25 January 2019

SPARK Schools will be using itslearning as the network’s new learning management system.

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SPARK Schools' Co-founder and CEO

Source: CEO
Date: 1 January 2019

Stacey Brewer, CEO & Co-Founder of SPARK Schools, has been featured in an article by CEO Magazine.

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2018

Vouchering education to benefit low income communities

Source: bbrief
Date: 19 December 2018

SPARK Schools has been included in this article as an affordable alternative, that ensures a high quality of education for South African families.

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Africrest and City of Joburg celebrate the opening of The Village and Spark School campus

Source: North Eastern Tribune
Date: 18 December 2018

On 3 December 2018, SPARK Bramley celebrated the opening of The Village with Africrest Properties.

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SA households spend more on entertainment than on children's education

Source: Cape Argus
Date: 18 December 2018

SPARK Schools is an affordable alternative for those South African families who struggle to afford high quality education.

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SPARK Schools hosts inaugural Innovation Summit

Source: BizCommunity
Date: 10 December 2018

In November 2018, SPARK Schools hosted the first ever Innovation Summit with staff and guests.

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10 Most read interviews on The Money Show in 2018

Source: Kfm
Date: 10 December 2018

An interview with Stacey Brewer, by Bruce Whitfield of 702, has been rated as one of the “10 most-read interviews on The Money Show in 2018”

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How employers can structure salary deductions to benefit parents

Source: BizCommunity
Date: 28 November 2018

SPARK Schools has partnered with EY to offer organisations a solution to support those organisations’ employees better in educating their children.

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The Necessity of an Education Benefit because EVERY child in South Africa deserves the best education

Source: Gauteng Lifestyle Mag
Date: 27 November 2018

SPARK Schools has partnered with EY to offer organisations a solution to support those organisations’ employees better in educating their children.

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SPARK Schools Open a Campus in Soweto

Source: The Young Independents
Date: 22 November 2018

SPARK Soweto will be opening in January 2019! Click here to read more about the school and the new Principal, Gundo Mmbi.

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New school opens in Springs

Source: Springs Advertiser
Date: 26 November 2018

SPARK Springs will be opening in January 2019! Click here to read more about this school.

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Laying the Right Foundations

Source: Fast Company South Africa
Date: 1 November 2018

Stacey Brewer, CEO & Co-Founder of SPARK Schools, was recently featured in an article by Fast Company South Africa, about her journey.

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70 Elementary & Middle Schools Worth Visiting

Source: Getting Smart
Date: 13 November 2018

Getting Smart has rated SPARK Schools as one of 70 schools worth visiting. SPARK Schools is the only international school on the list.

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What You Need To Know To Start a Business in the Education Sector

Source: SME South Africa
Date: 12 November 2018

SPARK Schools is seen as a “dominant player” in the increase of private schools in South Africa.

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Raising Learning Outcomes: the opportunities and challenges of ICT for learning

Source: UNICEF
Date: 1 September 2018

SPARK Schools has been included in a report by UNICEF on the inclusion of information and communication technologies in education in Africa.

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SPARK Schools launches primary school bursary competition

Source: Bizcommunity
Date: 4 October 2018

SPARK Schools launched a bursary competition where 10 lucky children will win a full primary school bursary.

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The Need for Kids to Read

Source: Daily Sun
Date: 11 September 2018

SPARK Schools is focused on encouraging a love of reading in all scholars by ensuring that in Grade R scholars are already reading with meaning.

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SPARK Schools break ground as they expand into high school

Source: Randburg Sun
Date: 11 September 2018

SPARK Randburg High School will open in January 2019, and is the first high school in the SPARK Schools network.

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Solutionist Thinking - Stacey Brewer in conversation with Bruce Whitfield

Source: 702
Date: 13 August 2018

Stacey Brewer speaks with Bruce Whitfield, of 702, about SPARK School’s educational offering and our aim to change education in South Africa.

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SPARK Schools founder Stacey Brewer on expansion plans, importance of leadership

Source: CNBC Africa
Date: 3 August 2018

Stacey speaks with Nozipho Mbanjwa of CNBC, about the growth that SPARK Schools is currently going through, and what the future of the company looks like.

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Stacey Brewer joins Phuti Mahanyele as a ``Ceiling Crasher``

Source: Krugersdorp News
Date: 1 August 2018

Stacey Brewer was featured, with Phuti Mahanyele, in the Women’s Month issue of Forbes Africa about women in business who are challenging the status quo in South Africa.

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SPARK Schools learn valuable education lessons from Finland

Source: Awsum News
Date: 25 June 2018

The SPARK Schools Learning Model team went to Finland to discover more about their high school learning models, and what best practices could be brought back to South Africa.

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Private schooling for your kids (at a low price unheard of just a few years ago

Source: 702
Date: 13 June 2018

Stacey Brewer speaks with Bruce Whitfield, of 702, about SPARK School’s educational offering and our aim to change education in South Africa.

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SPARK Witpoortjie to open in Krugersdorp in January 2019

Source: Krugersdorp News
Date: 20 May 2018

SPARK Schools launches the 16th school in the network, SPARK Witpoortjie, to open in January 2019.

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SPARK Schools: Adapting at the Speed of Scale

Source: Entrepreneur Magazine
Date: 2 May 2018

Stacey Brewer discusses the growth of SPARK Schools from opening SPARK Ferndale in 2013 to having 20 primary schools in 2019.

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Mentorship Challenge with Marc Wainer hosts Stacey Brewer and Lebo Gunguluza

Source: CNBC Africa
Date: 5 April 2018

Marc Wainer challenges Stacey Brewer to mentor up and coming entrepreneurs to encourage success for future leaders of business in South Africa.

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SPARK Schools on of the Top 3 Schools in Joburg

Source: Awsum News
Date: 12 March 2018

In 2018, SPARK Schools was rated as one of the top 3 schools in Johannesburg by the online publication, SA Diaries.

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Teacher development, partnerships are key to overcome the literacy crisis

Source: City Press
Date: 8 January 2018

SPARK Schools educators are qualified professionals who receive 245 hours per year of professional development and coaching annually.

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Schools ready to put the spark back into your child’s education

Source: Midrand Reporter
Date: 1 January 2018

SPARK Schools is a South African chain of high-quality, low-cost schools, created to meet a desperate need in the market for parents who might not be satisfied with the current education offering (both private and government), but are unable to place their children in elite private schools.

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The Startling Costs Of Funding The Average South African Family’s Education

Source: The Daily Vox
Date: 30 November 2017

SPARK Schools aim to open new schools throughout South Africa to give every child access to quality education at an affordable price.

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SPARK Schools – low-fee private schools that are shifting education in South Africa

Source: Rattle and Mum
Date: 26 October 2017

At SPARK Schools, learning is personalised to serve the needs of each individual student. Using traditional teaching and technology, we ensure that all SPARK scholars achieve.

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Low-Cost Private Sector Schools Could Be A Possible Solution To Solve The Education Crisis In SA

Source: Huffington Post
Date: 5 October 2017

SPARK schools are a South African chain of high-quality, low-cost schools created to meet a desperate need in the market. Our annual fees are approximately equivalent to government’s total cost to educate at a national level.

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Private schools vs government schools in SA – pricing and class sizes compared

Source: Business Tech
Date: 2 August 2017

In 2017, SPARK Schools offered high quality education at a cost of R19,100 for the year with no more than 32 scholars in a classroom, both lower than many Government and private schools in South Africa.

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Private Schools Bonanza

Source: Business Report
Date: 13 January 2017

SPARK Schools is creating greater opportunities for the children of South Africa to succeed, by giving them the tools to grow a love for learning

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New South African private school that costs less than government school

Source: GoodThingGuy.com
Date: 10 January 2017

SPARK Schools offers high quality at a cost that is lower than Government’s total cost to educate.

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South Africa has one of the world’s worst education systems

Source: Economist
Date: 7 January 2017

SPARK scholars are taught maths according to the rigorous maths standards of Singapore, the Republic of Korea, and Hong Kong and progress through reading and writing according to criterion scales based on Britain’s literacy standards. Results show that its SPARK scholars are on average a year ahead of their peers.

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Boom in low-fee private schools

Source: Mail & Guardian
Date: 9 December 2016

SPARK Schools was founded by Stacey Brewer & Ryan Harrison in order to challenge the current education environment in South Africa, to show that high quality education can be achieved at an affordable cost.

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SPARK Schools to expand network with multimillion investment

Source: Destiny Man
Date: 19 October 2016

In 2016, SPARK Schools secured an investment of R125.4 Million Rand from the Omidyar Network, to ensure continued growth of the network.

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All it takes is a SPARK

Source: Mail & Guardian
Date: 29 May 2015

SPARK Schools is a solution to the challenges facing the South African educational system. The blended learning model sees the students split their time between digital content that adapts to their individual learning capabilities and classroom interaction that’s structured around best practice activities and engagement.

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South Africa's SPARK Schools: Innovation lights a fire

Source: The Africa Report
Date: 26 November 2014

SPARK School’s blended learning model allows for high-quality education at an affordable cost.

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Low-cost private schools – the future of education?

Source: Destiny Man
Date: 26 November 2014

SPARK School’s blended learning model allows for high-quality education at an affordable cost.

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