SIOC-cdt partnered with the Northern Cape Department of Education and invested in the provision of high quality, content-rich, and properly accredited teacher professional development programmes, through Rhodes University’s Centre for Social Development (CSD), Mathematics Education Project (RUMEP) and the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA). The project targets Maths, English and Foundation Phase teachers drawn from schools in our beneficiary communities in the Northern Cape. The teachers are registered for a 3 year in-service training, full qualification Bachelor of Education degree in the three areas of specialisation.

OBJECTIVES

To provide of high quality, content-rich, pedagogically sound, and properly accredited professional teacher development programmes for teachers in the Northern Cape.

YEAR

JANUARY 2011 – DECEMBER 2014
AND
JANUARY 2015 – DECEMBER 2018

FOCUS AREA

EDUCATION

PROJECT VALUE

R 39 443, 763.00

NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES

209 TEACHERS

IMPACT

The first cohort of teachers (2011-2014) involved 107 teachers, and 66 of them graduated.
The second cohort, involving 102 teachers started in 2015.

PROJECT BENEFICIARY TESTIMONIALS

Diaan Cloete,

representing Foundation Phase teachers


The knowledge I gained through my course at Rhode really helped me to give valuable advice to teachers. I am able to look at teaching and learning from the Constructivist, Reflections view that I gained in my training. I share my knowledge throughout the province and teachers find it of great use and value. So in my experience this was one of the best courses I did so far.

Herbert Lukyamuzi,

representing Mathematics teachers


The programme was so enriching that, firstly, because of it I find my further studies much easier due to the strong background they laid, and also because of its good results. Secondly, Wits offered me a bursary for 5 years called Honours to PhD 5-year programme. I can never be able to express how far the programme has improved the way we teach, for example last year 2014, I managed to get 74% pass rate in Maths whereas the district target was 70%. Thank you very much.

Rochelle Topkin,

representative of English teachers


I have been promoted to Head of Department of English at our school. It is wonderful to put into practice what I have learnt during the course. I am able to implement those in the department as well as the general administration of school. The course has given me the confidence to do so. Thank you once again.