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Investec takes its Promaths programme to the next level under lockdown

By Mahlatse Nicolas Mmako and Setlogane Manchidi

Promaths by Investec, which provides extra maths and science tuition for learners in previously disadvantaged communities from grades 10 to 12, was first launched in 2005, in partnership with the Kutlwanong Maths, Science and Technology Centre and the Department of Basic Education (DBE). Today, the programme operates a total of 16 centres (eight of these directly funded by Investec) in six provinces, reaching thousands of learners who show potential in these subjects. 

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Investec: The South African Maths and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP)

A model that promises to develop a new breed of maths and science teachers.

A partnership between Investec, Independent School Association of South Africa (ISASA) and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) offers an internship opportunity for young aspirant teachers at some of ISASA’s affiliate schools across the country. These interns register for a Bachelor of Education (BEd.) either for four years or Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) for one year at UNISA. During this time each student is assigned to one of the independent schools in South Africa, for example St Stithians, Kingsmead, St Mary’s and others where the student shadows and learns from the best teachers in the country with a specific focus on mathematics and how to teach it.

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PPS Foundation: Holistic Student Support to Strengthen STEM Studies in SA

The Professional Provident Society (PPS) Foundation’s targeted approach to assisting students and new graduates with accessing quality tertiary education will ensure increased participation in science, technology, engineering and maths-related (STEM) careers, and the broader economy.

As a financial services company, PPS recognises that STEM degrees are of great value to both the financial services sector and the economy as a whole, particularly in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Promaths by Investec: Winner of the Trialogue Strategic CSI Award 2019

Promaths provides extra maths and science tuition for black learners in grades 10 to 12, at under-resourced schools across South Africa. Investec supports Promaths centres, run by implementing partner, Kutlwanong Maths, Science and Technology Centre, in townships and rural communities in six provinces. The programme supports learners who show potential in maths and science to produce results in these subjects that will enable them to gain entry into scarce skills studies and careers, as well as access funding for tertiary studies and, ultimately, become active economic participants.

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Bulungula Incubator IiTablet Tshomiz Programme

"In the Bulungula Incubator IiTablet Tshomiz programme we are enhancing the quality of our programme using online learning aids that can improve the quality of the learning experience in under-resourced schools. We are modelling and implementing a replicable “technology for quality education” programme that makes excellent online programmes widely available for a deep rural setting where learners face the most challenging conditions in the country. We believe that through this, we can effectively address the skills gap in Mathematics and as the programme grows, in English too.

We already have over 500 learners from two schools in the area, from Grade 1-9, accessing the programme weekly during a facilitated session. We are adding 100 learners a month and aim to have four schools on the programme by the end of next year. While developing the IiTablet Tshomiz programme we are also compiling a toolkit for sharing with other organisations."

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Read more about the IiTablet Tshomiz Programme Toolkit here

Read more about IiTablet Tshomiz on the Center for Education Innovations 

[Case Study] Reflective Learning

Screen Shot 2019 04 01 at 161053We exist to diagnose and remediate cumulative learning gaps that build up through a learner’s education. We do this by creating scalable and impactful resources including highly detailed diagnostic assessments and personalised, targeted catch-up curriculum that can be used in a range of contexts.

 We wish to see all learners, regardless of their background, realise their academic potential. By placing special focus on Mathematics and, in future, Physical Science, Reflective Learning is opening the doors to STEM careers.

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BMW Excellence Project for the Advancement of Maths, Science and Technology Education (MST) Programme

"Skills in the fields of mathematics and science are absolutely vital towards encouraging sustainable growth within South Africa. To address this, BMW’s Excellence Project for Mathematics, Science and Technology encourages young learners to pursue careers in the fields of science and technology, while reducing the knowledge gap that exists within these critical focus areas."

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Investec Promaths: Growing potential exponentially

 

Promaths provides extra tuition in Maths and Science to learners in Grades 10 to 12 at selected schools across South Africa.

"What first began in Dobsonville, Soweto, 12 years ago, has grown enormously. To date over 5000 school children have been through the programme and this year a staggering 263 distinctions in Maths and Science have been achieved.

Our flagship, award winning Promaths programme, seeks to support the South African education system to produce students that are competent in Maths and Science- the two subjects deemed most vital for the ongoing growth of our economy. Investec wants to help produce today, the accountants, scientists, engineers, and even the astronauts of tomorrow.

 

Engen Maths and Science Schools

"The Engen Maths and Science School programme evolved out of the Engen Saturday Schools initiative, launched in the mid-1980s. It exposes learners from grades 10 to 12 - who show potential in maths and science - to high-quality teachers and educational materials.
Engen Maths and Science Schools matric pass rate for the past 5 years has been over 90%, which is well above the national average."

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[Case Study] Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (Casme)

Casme  works primarily with teachers to build their capacity, skills and competence in subject content knowledge, pedagogical skills and the use of research-based strategies. Part of their work includes the integration of technology in teaching. The project not only focuses on Mathematics, Science and English teacher development and support but also includes components that address curriculum management, tertiary access and e-learning. 

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Corporate Practice: Changing Realities

Liberty’s key focus area remains education. The company supports initiatives that follow a lifelong trajectory, targeting each life stage of a learner with the aim of improving their performance in mathematics, physical science and literacy. A strong emphasis is placed on mathematics as, through this subject, learners gain the problem-solving skills that are both necessary and marketable in today’s technically oriented market place.

  • One such initiative supported by Liberty is the Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology.
  • Liberty supports two Kutlwanong centres: Ponego Centre in Katlehong, Gauteng; and Sibusisiwe Centre in umbumbulu, KwaZulu-Natal. Both centres cater for 600 grade 10 to 12 learners.

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