What we do
The Dream Factory SA aims to help disadvantaged young people through education combined with a unique focus on social and environmental consciousness.
The educational system is based on the Dutch “MBO BBL” system. The students will attend school one day of the week, and work at one of the companies of The Dream Factory on the other four days of the week.
Within the school there will be a classification of three types of subject. The mandatory subjects, the subjects that belong to a specific education and the voluntary subjects. The process of the students is key with all the subjects. Therefore, the level will not be determined by a student’s age, nor on the level of the student’s peers, but by means of a realistically feasible level. Hence the standard is the student’s ability. Naturally, through intensive guidance the student will try to reach the highest possible result.
The organization is constructed as follows. At the top there is the school. Here, all the students will be educated and trained for the course of their dream. Beneath the school there are several companies that will provide the practical training facilities for the students. The principle is that The Dream Factory is eventually going to be completely self-sufficient, a system of supporting each other.
Financially this implies that the companies are going to earn the money that will pay for the education. So within the organization certain flows of funds will take place. This system operates under the condition that the cost price is the minimal price at which the services and products can be obtained.
The Dream Factory goes beyond education. We consider it our responsibility to make our students aware of the state our planet is in, and of the world we live in. Living a sustainable life is an essential part of that awareness, considering the fact that our children are going to live in the world we leave behind for them.
For example, the way we rapidly consume and drain fossil fuels indicates that it’s about time we show the youth of today some other options. And when we say “show them”, that’s exactly what we mean. We show them by doing it ourselves; for them to see with their own eyes.