Organization Name: SPARK Schools

Focus Area: Growing Learners
Region: Africa
Sector: For Profit
Investment Year: 2015
SPARK Schools is a network of private schools in South Africa offering affordable, globally competitive education. SPARK Schools is committed to opening new schools across the country every year, because they believe that South African parents and children deserve access to excellent education at an affordable price.

Why We Invested

The school system in South Africa is consistently ranked among the most challenged in the world. As a network of affordable private schools, SPARK Schools aims to go beyond delivering a marginally better education. The team’s vision is to drive internationally comparable quality of education for the children of families of all incomes, by both growing its own network of schools and also sharing the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of its approaches for the benefit of the larger system.

The name for our schools comes from William Yates, who said that education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. It’s about igniting passion, and we needed that same passion to really start solving our education crisis. We want to spark a change across the country. I bring passion, and my team has passion and common purpose — when you have these ingredients, you figure things out,
Stacey Brewer, CEO, SPARK Schools