Bongi* is three years old and loves anything with wheels. He has one small, metal car with rubber wheels, which he carries everywhere he goes. Bongi’s mother, Flora, works at a clothes shop in town and she drops Bongi off at one of the Palabora Foundation’s early learning centres on her way to work each morning.
Tumi* is a bright 14-year-old learner from a rural village about 20km outside Phalaborwa town. His family can afford to send him to a rural high school but they have no local library and no internet service. His prospects of attending university are slim due to the family’s financial circumstances and the rural school’s inability to