Without a basic knowledge and grounding in the cornerstones of education the individual is doomed to a life of menial labour. Studies have shown that the effects of a sub standard or no education are cross generational. That is that parents who have no education will not place an emphasis on the education of their children. South Africa is experiencing this phenomenon due to the Apartheid educational system. The knock on effects include a high crime rate which hinders foreign investment and causes anxiety amongst the populace with an attendant lack of faith in all governmental institutions. ABET can change this mindset.