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The History of World ORT


The story of ORT is one of the most remarkable in modern history, for it was an organisation born of necessity that endured and flourished because of its ability to adapt to change.ORT was founded in Tsarist Russia in 1880. The name ‘ORT’ was coined from the acronym of the Russian words Obshestvo Remeslenofo Zemledelcheskofo Truda, meaning The Society for Trades and Agricultural Labour. It is acronym that has lasted for over 130 years of education and training, moving its roots in Russia to become a global organisation, hence the name World ORT, with entities in over 40 countries around the world. ORT is proud of its history and roots, and that it still continues to use its vision statement “Educating for Life”. ORT SA is proud to be an affiliated member of World ORT www.ort.org


ORT South Africa’s Roots


In South Africa, ORT was started in 1936 purely as a fundraising entity. From 1936 to 1994 the organisation existed to raise funds for various causes within World ORT. In 1994 with the change in government, ORT SA became an operational organisation and began to implement various programmes within South Africa.


ORT SA is a multi-faceted, proactive and reputable organisation. It thrives on developing teachers, youth, businesses and communities, by improving the standard of education, so that all can achieve a better life.


For ORT SA, education is more than basic schooling. It’s about empowerment and support. Only then can poverty be eradicated and meaningful lives built.


WHAT WE DO


ORT SA IT Academy


Accredited computer literacy classes.
IT Courses to provide skills & training for careers in computer technology


ORT SA Stem Academy


Robotics, coding and computer courses.
Seminars for teachers & students.


ORT SA Skills Academy


Accredited courses in skills & enterprise development.
The ORT JET model provides mentorship and training for small businesses and start-ups.


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44 Central Street & 10th Avenue, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg 2198, Gauteng, South Africa
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