What innovative teaching programmes are making a difference in under-resourced schools? And how relevant are global educational rankings to local conditions? These are just some of the topics addressed on a free online knowledge hub that offers extensive information on improving maths and science education in South African schools.
The portal mainly targets companies wishing to get involved in corporate social investment (CSI) projects, as well as those that are already invested and want to stay abreast of the latest initiatives and findings. It’s also ideal for educators, researchers, philanthropists and media.
The portal, known as the Trialogue Knowledge Hub, has been established by CSI consultancy Trialogue, with financial services company Investec partnering on the maths and science sector.
The hub is highly relevant as many South Africans have limited maths and science qualifications and cannot find work in the formal sector. Centre for Development and Enterprise research has revealed that only half of South African learners starting school will make it to Grade 12. Only 12% will qualify for university entrance.*
Nick Rockey, MD of Trialogue, says the hub has examples of innovative education programmes, updates on teacher training, academic papers discussing sector issues, local and international research papers, and much more.
“It’s well-known that South Africa performs poorly in maths and science rankings compared to other developing countries. Obviously many companies are extremely concerned about this and education is the leading sector that they support through their CSI programmes. South African companies spend over R9 billion a year on CSI, and nearly half of this is invested in education.
“There is consequently a wealth of knowledge that has been accumulated on education projects ‒ and this portal is an ideal way to make it readily available and so enable more people to find out how they can also make a difference.”