Trevor Noah came back home to give a helping hand

He's doing it for the kids and the comedians

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:44 PM  | Trevor Noah  | Top of The

Trevor Noah came back home to give a helping hand

Comedian and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah's most recent trip back home is all about helping out - both young children in serious need of an educational intervention and young comedians on the come up.  

He started off his Wednesday by launching the Trevor Noah Foundation with a particular focus on helping orphans in grades 9 - 12 empower themselves with educational programmes, skills development and drug prevention education.

The foundation will reportedly also help them pursue tertiary education once they complete high school. 

Speaking at the launch in Johannesburg, Noah said, "there will be many questions and I am excited for that. The most important thing for me today is just to start that conversation and start that journey of connecting those people who know more than I do‚ and who know more than we do‚ and connecting these voices." 

He went on to add, "fundamentally it’s an organisation that will focus primarily on education. Figuring out how to bridge the gap between a child and the education that we think they deserve.These are pieces we need to put together in order for us to move forward. It’s all good to be educated, but we’ve seen this not only South Africa but the rest of the world, that people with education have no skills and no know-how. You can be book smart but if you don’t know how to apply it and don’t have access to the application it’s a waste.”

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The Trevor Noah Foundation plans on investing in three priority areas: psycho-social support, skills development, and career guidance. It also intends to partner with government schools, research innovative approaches and mobilize philanthropic capital. 

The launch was attended by key role players from the country's education and youth development ecosystem. Watch a short clip from the launch below. 

Noah later hosted and filmed an upcoming 'Nationwild' series for MNet in which he will be showcasing young comedic talent from SA with the hopes of launching their careers from this platform - something he says was done for him when he was on the come up. 

The line up features a diverse number of acts including Bongani Dube, Eric Jansen, Gavin Kelly, Gilli Apter, Keenan Cerff, Lindy Johnson, Mbu Msongelwa, Mo Mothebe, Noko Moswete, Phil De Lange, Tsitsi Chiumya & Prins. 

The first night went down last night at The Lyric Theatre at The Gold Reef City Casino and continues tonight at the same venue. Tickets are available at Computicket

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