School Year

In this year-long series, Anders Kelto follows the fortunes of a public high school in Cape Town. The Centre of Science and Technology is a magnet school that serves families in the low-income township of Khayelitsha.


Three lessons from my year reporting on a South African high school

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When reporter Anders Kelto embedded himself in a South African high school for a year, he expected to learn a lot from the experience. But there were several lessons he didn’t anticipate.


School Year Blog: South African high school students learn radio reporting

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When graduating from high school, even top students need guidance

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Sive (SEE-vay), a South African high school student, enjoys his new couch.

A South African teen receives an unexpected gift from America

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The World

Video: Learning to Succeed

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Sugar Daddies Animated Film

This is why South African schoolgirls say ‘yes’ to sex with sugar daddies

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For years, high schools in South Africa have warned female students about the risks of dating older men. But for one girl in poverty, it is hard to say “no” to a sugar daddy.


Meet the woman behind a South African high school’s success

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COSAT is a science and technology high school teaching some of South Africa’s poorest kids. Yet it has one of the highest graduation rates of any public high in the country. Its principal, Phadiela Cooper, is one reason why.

Somila and Bayanda are students at COSAT, a Cape Town high school

South African teens — those ‘born free’ — talk about Mandela

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As president of South Africa, Mandela pushed for equality between blacks and whites in the nation’s schools. Anders Kelto of PRI’s The World went to a school he’s been following for a year to find out what teenagers were feeling after Mandela’s death.

COSAT student

School Year Blog: What do South African kids know about JFK?

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We recently asked high school students in Cape Town, South Africa, this question: Who was JFK? Here is what they said.

NASA scientist speaks at COSAT

School Year Blog: South African students meet a NASA scientist

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What happens when students from a low-income high school in Cape Town meet a NASA scientist? Let’s just say the scientist may have been a little caught off guard.