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Programme multiplies pupils’ success

"Two years ago, Queenstown teenager Yamkela Sondlo (17) narrowly scraped through her grade 11 end-of-year exams for maths and science at Nkwanca high school, obtaining 32% and 31% respectively. But her final results for grade 12 last year showed a vast improvement. She obtained 64% for maths and 78% for science. The turning point for Yamkela came when she was selected to be a participant in a maths and science programme using technology and blended learning run by Nelson Mandela University’s Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre.

Statistics recently released by the centre show that she was their most-improved pupil for both maths and science last year.

“The programme helped me so much,” said Yamkela, who lives with her unemployed parents.

But she is not the only one. Of the 330 pupils who completed the centre’s grade 12 incubation programmes in five mostly rural districts across the Eastern Cape last year, 70 improved by more than 10 percentage points in both subjects."

Read more in Mail and Guardian

Strengthening commitment to STEM education in South Africa

"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

BASF South Africa supports mathematics and science education initiative

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


The Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME)

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