The LEAP Science & Maths Schools
Teach With Africa has established an affiliation with the LEAP Science & Maths Schools in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, to support the schools’ mission to provide a solution to one of South Africa’s key problems: the acute shortage of skills, particularly in science and math, among the children of economically and socially challenged communities.
As the only privately funded MST (Math, Science and Technology) schools in South Africa, LEAP has a clear focus to create and maintain a structured learning environment for students in grades 9 through 12 that will allow each young person to develop fully as a human being and to develop a positive, caring lifestyle and an appropriate work ethic.
The schools aim to enable students to gain access to tertiary study opportunities, to increase their potential to be successful in their chosen career paths and to develop as socially responsible citizens of South Africa. LEAP prepares students to attain these goals by enabling them to graduate from the school with a university exemption in science, math and English.
In addition to supporting students academically, LEAP schools aim to establish an environment where positive role models are created and where successes are shared and celebrated, counteracting the negative influence of lowered expectations common in disadvantaged communities. This is reinforced by LEAP’s unique relationship with its students and use of specialized technology training for all.
The four campuses of the LEAP Schools, in Cape Town and Johannesburg, have had remarkable success in educating the most socioeconomically challenged students from Gugulethu, Langa and Alexandra. LEAP’s mission is to provide a solution to South Africa’s acute shortage of science and math skills among high poverty students. LEAP has graduated 142 students in the last 3 years—126 of whom are currently enrolled in university or other tertiary study programs. Since its first matric class, LEAP has achieved a 92% average Grade 12 pass rate on the exit exam. In March 2010 LEAP’s first university graduate, Bonisanani Mtshekisa, was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of the Western Cape and is now working for Allan Gray Asset Management.
For more information visit www.leapschool.org.za
Singita Game Reserves
Singita Sabi Sand, READ Educational Trust, and Teach With Africa have created a partnership focusing on the development of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) curriculum in the pre-schools located in Justicia and Lilydale, South Africa. In its first year, the project will focus on the Happy Homes and Ntshuxekani preschools that have been sponsored by the lodges in the area (with plans to expand to other local schools). The program will focus on capacity building in the area of Early Childhood Development through a training program for the pre-school caregivers by placing three ECD specialists at the schools and by using Teach With Africa’s ‘teach the teachers’ model.
Pacific Oaks College TWA has designated Pacific Oaks College, an independent institution of learning in Pasadena, California as its US ECD program partner. Pacific Oaks (PO) is influenced by its Quaker heritage and dedicated to principles of social justice, respect for diversity, and the valuing of the uniqueness of each person. Its primary focus is placed upon all needs of young children and their families, and all those who, in a direct or indirect manner, touch their lives each day.
Founded more than 60 years ago Pacific Oaks offers an accredited institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs in human development, counseling, early childhood education, and teaching credentialing. Education at Pacific Oaks includes academic, research, clinical, and community outreach components to develop an understanding of those settings within which a child acts and which, in turn, affect a child’s development. Pacific Oaks promotes educational practices within the institution, profession and public schools that encourage learners to find their own voices, to take stands in the face of opposition, and to exercise competence in collaboration with others.
Together with the Teach With Africa, Pacific Oaks plays a key role in recruiting 2-3 ECD teachers from within its academic ranks and from the staff of its on-campus Children’s School for the yearly pilot program at Singita.
SAESC is a community of practice for independent and public schools in South Africa known as “impact schools,” which are focused on providing high-quality, affordable education to disadvantaged populations in South Africa. These schools are committed to creating, implementing, and sharing innovative, appropriate, and affordable educational practices, with ultimately the aim of integrating effective practices into broader national education policy decisions. Supported by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the Coalition is self-regulating and self-organizing, operating on a set of self-identified objectives. The coalition fosters collaboration among schools, serving as an opportunity for peer learning. Activities include frequent content-based workshops, school peer reviews, collaborative assessments, and independent and collective monitoring and evaluation.
US Host School Partners
Children’s Day School
The Hamlin School
High Tech High
Katherine Delmar Burke School
Kehillah Jewish High School
KIPP Bay Academy
Ralph J. Bunche High School
Town School for Boys