Annual Report 2019

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Message from the chair

To educate is to open the mind, expand it and in so doing to open the doorway to opportunity:

Vula: the gateway.

VULA@Hilton College is a truly outstanding initiative and I am proud to be associated with the work that is undertaken. Our team is dedicated to fulfilling the ideals and actualising the purpose of Vula, motivated to make a difference in education through this venture and thereby in the lives of the people in our community.

This work could not be done without funding and support. We remain eternally grateful to our donor community for the extremely generous and sustained financial contributions, for assisting Vula with unwavering commitment and for partnering with us. We are always inspired and encouraged by the philanthropy of everyone involved with Vula.

Our Vula Committee is comprised of representatives from our stake holder community, being the Vula staff, the donors, Hilton College, the Hiltonian Society NPC Board and the provincial Department of Education. We meet quarterly in a workshop environment to exchange views and information, discuss the Vula work and strategise about the plans for the future

At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” Denzel Washington

Social development is an essential part of education and as such is one of the strategic pillars of HiltonCollege. The objective i s to develop genuinely concerned, committed and active members of society, leaders of the future who understand the responsibility that comes with the opportunities available to them. It is about being involved and contributing, helping others, and recognising what it means to lead in life through giving.

The world needs more people to be kind to each other, to respect and look after each other, to triumph over adversity and to strive to live in peace together.

We all have our part to play.

Dale ten Hope

Chair: Community Projects Committee

The Hiltonian Society NPC

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The Vula Programme is a division of The Hiltonian Society NPC, the legal entity which owns and operates Hilton College. (For an overview and a selection of annual reports, news items and short videos, please see

The Vula Programme at Hilton College (“vula” means “open” in isiZulu) was started in 2001 as the Society’s educational service provider to the under-resourced schools and disadvantaged rural and township communities in the region.

Vula Programme

Theory of Change Statement

Identified Area of Need Being Addressed

The extremely poor quality of especially Mathematics and Physical Science teaching in under-resourced schools in township and rural communities in KwaZulu-Natal.

The Vula Programme’s Vision and Mission (in response to the need identifi ed): The Vula Programme is a targeted intervention which provides development opportunities and educational support for township and rural schools in KwaZulu-Natal.

The project aims to provide effective and relevant educational programmes, chiefly in Mathematics and Physical Science, to create maximum impact on teaching and learning.


An ongoing annual programme of activities and workshops and training opportunities which collectively make up the programme’s response to the need as identified.


Teachers better equipped to teach, with greater subject knowledge and self-confidence, improved IT skills, and being facilitators of improved Grade 12 results.


A better quality of life for all in communities in which the programme works.

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