BASF South Africa made a donation of R100 000 to the Incubating Great Engineering Minds (iGEMS) programme to support the study of Mathematics and Science amongst the disadvantaged communities in the Nelson Mandela Metropole.

"The programme provides senior high school extra tuition in Mathematics and Science through after-school and Saturday morning tutoring, offers career guidance through an internship ‘gap’ year at the sponsoring companies, bridges the gap between school and university by providing courses in Maths and Science for the internship students in order to better prepare them for university studies, provides information on and access to bursaries for tertiary studies, develops pupils’ leadership and community service skills, secures employment with sponsoring companies, and focusses strongly on leadership development."

Read more on basf.com

 

"A logical problem solving framework has to be imparted to many learners to give them the foundation on which to build mathematics and science ability.

One way in which this is being addressed is to introduce chess into primary and senior schools. An experimental chess program has been introduced at the level of Grade One. This program is delivering good results. It has been introduced together with a train-the-trainer program.

A second school program has been introduced for learners in the 10 to 16 year age bracket. A target of this program is to provide the learners with inter-school league competition opportunities, the idea being that they view the playing of chess as a fun competitive exercise, rather than as an exercise for the mathematics class."

Read more about the mini chess programme here

"iiTablet Tshomiz Programme started in 2016, using a high-quality online programme called MathsBuddy,  is currently reaching 350 learners(from Grades 1 – 5) and plans to reach 1000 learners over the next 3 years.

Their aim is to design a replicable programme that is workable in any school context, but especially for those schools most in need of support.The programme has been formulated with an awareness of the typical barriers-to-technology faced in most schooling environments"

Read more about the iiTablet Yshomiz Programme here

"LEAP’s approach to education is multi-faceted with interventions staged at different levels. Through initiatives aimed at different target groups they have created an education alliance that brings sustainable change. From learners to teachers to community leaders and education stakeholders they have a broad network of partners that form the LEAP learning community.

LEAP vision: Strive for the positive transformation of communities through the meaningful education of children from those communities.

LEAP mission: LEAP schools provide student-centred, maths and science-focused education to economically disadvantaged students from grades 8 to 12. Focus on enabling the self-awareness necessary for each student’s growth to healthy adulthood, and to ensuring optimal academic results which will allow for choices for lifelong learning and a fulfilling future."

Read more about Leap Schools here

 

"Living maths have partnered with Investec since 2006 working in Gugulethu at the JL Zwane Centre. The impact that the classes are having on the students in Gugulethu have been very noticeable. Schools are very supportive of our project and students are showing dramatic improvements at school. From 2012, the project was expanded to include foundation phase too."

Read more on livingmaths.com

This article from 2012 explained how recruitment and training of teachers in the critical subjects was set to improve, thanks to an initiative by the Department of Basic Education in partnership with the Independent Schools Association of South Africa (ISASA) and Investec.

Read the article here

As a teacher in-service training and support organisation which has been active in education for over thirty years, the PSP aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning in South African primary schools in the critical fields of Mathematics & Numeracy, Natural Sciences & Environment, Language & Literacy development and Social Sciences.

Read more about the Primary Science Programme here

"A range of courses are presented to improve the Language, Mathematics & Science content knowledge and teaching skills of a wide group of teachers from surrounding communities, over three terms annually. Individual courses are accredited by the South African Council of Educators (SACE) and teachers receive professional development points for each course that they attend.

Teachers are invited to an Annual Mass Planning Forum (AMPF) facilitated by the PSP. This allows us to hear from teachers directly, and together we identify content knowledge gaps and areas for improvement to be addressed by the following year’s programmes.

Courses are developed based on the feedback received at the AMPF.

Schools register with PSP at R1000, 00 per year which allows all their teachers to attend courses throughout the year.

Courses consisting of 1-2 two hour sessions are presented by PSP facilitators and/or external specialists for three terms a year after school hours and teachers and school management teams (SMTs) attend voluntarily, in their own time.

Good quality practical teaching is strongly promoted in all training workshops."

Read more about the project here

A two-year cycle of classroom mentorship, coaching, training and support for approximately 70 first-time teachers (FTTs) aged 20-30 years to fast-track their adjustment to the school environment and set good practice early in their careers.

 

"This collaborative project is a two-year cycle of intensive training and classroom coaching and support to improve Mathematics and Science in specific project schools identified by Education Department districts.

Three education districts identify 20 schools to participate in the 2017-2018 Cluster Project cycle.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) commits schools and teachers to full participation in the project.

A comprehensive baseline Needs Analysis is conducted per school by PSP facilitators.

PSP facilitators provide 20 schools with termly training and on-site support which includes per school:

  • one six-hour workshop for Intermediate Phase Natural Science and Technology (NST) teachers
  • one six-hour workshop for Grade 7 Natural Science teachers
  • one six-hour Mathematics workshop for Foundation Phase teachers
  • one two-hour Life Skills workshop for Foundation Phase teachers
  • two two-hour workshops for school management teams in curriculum management and teacher support strategies
  • termly school visits and classroom support

PSP teacher-support materials and resources are supplied to all teachers"

Read more about the PSP Cluster project here

South African Mathematics and Science Teacher Intern Programme (SAMSTIP), Investec and the Department of Basic Education are offering prospective Senior and Further Education and Training (FET) teachers specialising in the fields of Mathematics and the Sciences an opportunity to win bursaries to study for a four year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree or a one year postgraduate (PGCE) certificate at UNISA.

Read more about the intern programme here

"The following special initiatives to improve the quality of mathematics and science education have been introduced at the national and provincial levels:

  • The Strategy for Teaching English Across the Curriculum (EAC) seeks to strengthen the Language of Teaching and Learning, as well as its use across the curriculum. A strengthened LoLT should enhance content acquisition.
  • The Maths, Science, and Technology (MST) Strategy and Implementation Plan seeks to improve enrollment and success rates in mathematics, science, and technical subjects, and improve teacher content knowledge; address teacher demand, supply, utilization, development, and support; strengthen partnerships for education reform and improved quality; and provide resources to schools to support effective teaching of MST subjects.
  • The Literacy and Numeracy strategy seeks to develop reading and writing, and the issue of numbers (mathematics) in the General Education and Training band. This strategy flows into the MST and the EAC strategies in the Further Education and Training band."

Read more about the special initiatives here

"SANRAL and the University of the Free State (UFS) have jointly launched a new chair in science, mathematics and technology education.

The R30-million donation is expected to last for five years, and is set to improve the quality of teaching in these subjects at township and rural schools. The donation forms part of the university’s School Change Project (SCP), a flagship initiative launched by the vice-chancellor Prof Jonathan Jansen."

Read more about the sponsorship here

"DuPont, a science company that brings world-class, innovative products, materials and services to the global marketplace, announced a collaboration with the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, South Africa’s largest science centre and official partner to the Gauteng Department of Education, to extend the Sci-Bono Blended Learning STEM Tutoring Project to an additional 150 learners in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

The project consists of daily afternoon supplementary tuition in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science and Accounting for Grade 12 learners in and around the Johannesburg area, from previously disadvantaged communities."

Read more on dupont.co.za

CASME’s vision is “To be a world class centre for changing learners lives through Quality and Innovative Mathematics and Science Education.”

CASME’s mission statement is: “To provide quality teacher professional development opportunities for mathematics and science education in under-resourced and rural schools in South Africa to improve learning outcomes.”

CASME sees its education development intervention as a holistic one. Each programme must provide a foundation for, or build on existing programmes. Formal courses for example cannot be wholly successful unless the very real problem of insufficient resources faced by educators on a day to day basis, is tackled. Likewise, simply erasing a need for resources cannot succeed without the skills and knowledge to use them. 

Read more: http://www.casme.org.za

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