We Are Starting Chance

We believe that by giving our township children, parents and teachers a starting chance on their educational journey, we will help to make a better future for all in South Africa.

More than 40% of children, under the age of five, living in the Western Cape, don’t have access to Early Childhood Development facilities. Learn more >

The Starting Chance 100% Promise

We are a non-profit organisation and in order to continue the work we are doing in the Mfuleni township, we are reliant on donations and support from our partners, donors and friends of Starting Chance.


Every rand donated online goes directly to our programmes to educate more children, support teachers, field workers and build new schools.


All of our teachers, principals and field workers are from South Africa, many of whom have very basic training. We deliver our Training Teachers in Townships (TTINT) workshops to them.


We appoint a field worker who goes into the townships to help teachers to implement what they have learnt from our Training Teachers in Townships (TTINT) workshops.

The Starting Chance Programme

We offer a model that addresses the multiple needs of an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre.

Our Progress since 2013:

No. of children given a starting chance through Training Teachers in Townships (TTinT) Workshops and the Starting Chance project

No. of teachers trained by us

Schools Built

No. of Grade R children given tablet training

No of schools impacted by the Starting Chance programme

An Early Childhood Development Hub

Our Solution

Through our programmes, we’re changing the future of children by giving them a quality educational environment that's sustainable.

Our Founders

Ian Corbett

Ian Corbett

Starting Chance Founder

“We’re all about winning the future for the children by creating opportunity – there is no shortage of ability when you look into the eyes of children in the poor communities around Cape Town. It is opportunity they lack”. Why township children? Watch our video.



Ali Corbett

Ali Corbett

Starting Chance Founder

“By focusing on coaching, mentoring and supporting the teachers who work in this sector as well as the principals who run the Early Childhood Development (ECD) small enterprises, we uplift the quality of foundation phase education”. 



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