Quality Public Education

We work with 8 local high schools & 15 local primary schools in Circuit 9 under the King William’s Town District of the Department of Basic Education. In 2013, we organised a local revision camp for some 80 matriculants & a special tuition programme at Rhodes University for 42 matriculants who have the potential to obtain an exemption pass in the grade 12 exams. The Local Revision Camp took place at Tembelani Secondary School & brought 26 tutors from Fort Hare, Stellenbosh & Wits universities. They helped Grade 12 learners to prepare for end-of-year exams. Subjects covered included Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Science, Life Science, Agriculture, History & Geography. The Rhodes University Matric Exam Preparation worked with 42 learners for 1 week. It provided an intensive focus on Maths & English covering everything from Calculus to trigonometry to English literature to English grammar.

The students were challenged with six hours of lecture daily, as well as nightly homework assignments. The learners stayed in dorms, ate in dining halls, attended the Grahamstown Schools Festival, & got a true taste of university life. On 16 th November 2013, we held a planning workshop attended by Ntinga representatives, local schools, volunteers & external partners to develop a plan for education interventions for 2014. These will include the above activities, homework support, Saturday classes, revision camps, mobile kits for Biology & Science experiments, DVDs & other self-study kits, career guidance & stronger partnerships with both faculties of education at Fort Hare & Rhodes universities. We will also undertake a baseline survey of local schools. Since the training started, the ECD practitioners have formed a Keiskammahoek South ECD Forum as their voice & weapon to solve their common problems. We have also organised retired teachers to join & work with this ECD Forum. Our goal here is to achieve high-level, high-quality ECD provision to ensure that the rural African child gets the best that matches that is offered in so-called fancy urban areas. Working with the Siyakhula Living LABS at Rhodes & Fort Hare Universities as well as the All Saints Education Development Trust, in 2014 we will roll out Computer LABS at the local high schools with desktop computers with relevant software & educational material. To date, we have received some 50 PCs from Sibanye Gold. We still need another 110 PCs & support for furniture, cabling, & security fences.

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