An educational initiative in the Vuwani area has helped matric students prepare for exams amidst challenging circumstances.
Last month 50 schools were burnt down and vandalised as a result of community protests in the Vuwani area. According to reports 90% of learners lost their textbooks in the school fires, and teaching resources like T.V’s, projectors and printers were destroyed.
On the 2nd June disaster relief organisation, Gift of the Givers decided to get involved and assist the displaced students.
The NGO has since delivered an 8 tonne truck of essential materials to surrounding high schools in Vuwani. Items delivered include 80 000 pieces of stationary, 100 litres of Dulux paint, paintbrushes, food parcels, mealie meal, printer cartridges and farm animal feed.
They have also donated student packs containing maths sets, pens, glue sticks and exercise books to all matriculants.
The organisation is in the process of completing maintenance repairs to the Radzambo Secondary School.
As students wait to return to school many of them have been attending classes in Chief Matsila’s conference room. Here students receive lessons based on the Catch-up literacy programme and the Mindset modules.
Catch-up is a one-on-one training intervention that delivers integrated learning. It is designed to improve the achievement of learners who find literacy or numeracy difficult.
According to the Gift of the Givers the Catch-Up program has been successful in subjects like English, Life Science, Geography, Agriculture and History.
Mindset is well known educational NGO whose content is aligned with CAPS. Students received detailed videos and other relevant Mindset online resources to help them understand the material.
The NGO has been working tirelessly to help students catch-up on missed work and instill a sense of confidence as students gear up for exams. The Department of Education is expected to confirm a writing date soon.
Despite these positive steps forward the project still requires specialised and knowledgeable educators in the subjects of Accounting, Maths, Business, Economics and Physical Science.
So far the initiative has assisted students from the surrounding schools including, Ongedacht, Mudinane, Vhafamadi, Khwara, Ramauba, Maligana, Rehshikwekwete, Theocentric and Matodzi Secondary Schools.
“The kids have done really well this past week, we’re incredibly proud of their dedication and the responsibility shown for taking their future in their own hands. “