This three year project funded by the Zenex Foundation, commenced in 2019; the primary aim is to improve participation, retention and performance in mathematics and physical sciences in Grades 10-12.
Siyazakha is operational in 10 working class secondary schools, five each in Metropole North and Metropole East Education Districts. The SDU is one of a number of implementing partners working in the schools and is directly responsible for providing teacher professional development and learner programmes.
The teacher development programme comprises a suite of university-approved and SACE-endorsed short courses and/or workshops in language, mathematics and sciences for Senior Phase teachers; alongside which school-based support is provided for participating teachers.
The school-based learner programme includes mathematics tutorials for selected Grade 8 and 9 learners to address backlogs in mathematics. Science shows are presented to all Grade 8 and 9 learners to stimulate interest in the sciences and to increase the uptake of mathematics and physical sciences amongst learners in Grade 10.
Reading support is provided in class for Grade 8 and 9 learners which aims to enhance the communication skills of learners, build their confidence, broaden their perspective on the world and stretch learners’ imagination by exposing them to a range of reading materials.
Residential camps for selected Grade 11 and 12 learners include a tuition programme in mathematics, physical sciences and English, a life skills programme, assistance with applications to tertiary institutions and funding, and extension activities in mathematics and the sciences.
Funded by Zenex.
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