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Rural Education Project (REP)

This project was a primary school Numeracy and Literacy improvement initiative which ran from 2005 until 2009. Support came from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), the Claude Leon Foundation and the Foschini Group.

Support was provided to teachers in 38 rural primary schools in the Eden and Central Karoo, Breede River, Overberg, Cape Winelands and West Coast Education Districts. Alongside District officials, the project worked with teachers to improve teaching practice and learner performance in the Foundation (Grades R to 3) and Intermediate Phases (Grades 4 - 6). The close collaboration with circuit managers and curriculum advisors ensured alignment of national and provincial policy and school-level co-ordination of literacy and numeracy interventions.

In 2008, the WCED made bursaries available to participating teachers to study for an ACE qualification at UCT. At the end of 2009, 17 Foundation Phase and 16 Intermediate Phase teachers from 34 project schools, and one Foundation Phase curriculum advisor from the Eden and Central Karoo District, graduated from this programme.

As an incentive for improved learner performance, the Foschini Group donated six jungle gyms to REP schools in each year of the project. 

REP developed and demonstrated a range of sustainable strategies to assist individual and clusters of schools to identify contextual and professional factors related to poor performance. The programme also mediated the WCED Grade 3 and Grade 6 diagnostic test results in order to plan appropriate assessment strategies with teachers.  

Rural Education Project (REP)

This project was a primary school Numeracy and Literacy improvement initiative which ran from 2005 until 2009. Support came from the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), the

Claude Leon Foundation

and the Foschini Group.

Support was provided to teachers in 38 rural primary schools in the Eden and Central Karoo, Breede River, Overberg, Cape Winelands and West Coast Education Districts. Alongside District officials, the project worked with teachers to improve teaching practice and learner performance in the Foundation (Grades R to 3) and Intermediate Phases (Grades 4 - 6). The close collaboration with circuit managers and curriculum advisors ensured alignment of national and provincial policy and school-level co-ordination of literacy and numeracy interventions.

In 2008, the WCED made bursaries available to participating teachers to study for an ACE qualification at UCT. At the end of 2009, 17 Foundation Phase and 16 Intermediate Phase teachers from 34 project schools, and one Foundation Phase curriculum advisor from the Eden and Central Karoo District, graduated from this programme.

As an incentive for improved learner performance, the Foschini Group donated six jungle gyms to REP schools in each year of the project.

REP developed and demonstrated a range of sustainable strategies to assist individual and clusters of schools to identify contextual and professional factors related to poor performance. The programme also mediated the WCED Grade 3 and Grade 6 diagnostic test results in order to plan appropriate assessment strategies with teachers.