The Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy was formally established in 2005 as a nation-building educational programme which supports the South African Government’s Basic Education Sector goals, as set out in the National Development Plan; Vision for 2030 and the Department of Basic Education’s Action Plan 2019; Towards the realisation of schooling 2030.
We recognise that by providing a greater number of young people access to quality education, we are providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to become active and contributing members of our broader South African community and economy; and of course, effective, well trained, professional Teachers play a critical role if this goal is to be achieved.
Our overall vision is a South Africa where every child has access to quality basic education, attends a well-resourced school, where effective teaching and learning is taking place across all educational phases and particularly in gateway subjects (Mathematics, the Sciences, Accounting and English).
Thandulwazi (isiZulu for “love of learning”) is well-placed to offer an educational intervention programme to:
Improve the learning and teaching of core subjects for Grade 9 to 12 Learners in Gauteng Province;
Provide a professional development programme for Teachers in Gauteng Province, as well as in the town of Modimolle located in Limpopo Province;
Develop and train new Intern-Teachers through in-service formal training; and
Provide Academic Scholarships to talented FET-phase historically disadvantaged South African Learners.
To achieve the objectives that have been set out by the Academy, four main areas of focus have been identified by the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy:
Saturday School Programme
The Thandulwazi Saturday School Programme provides curriculum enrichment and extra tuition to Grade 9 to 12 Learners on Saturday mornings; providing additional teaching time to them, in order to make up for the sub-optimal teaching and learning that is taking place in many under-privileged schools around Gauteng Province. The programme provides effective teaching for Learners from previously disadvantaged communities in the core selected subjects of Mathematics, the Sciences, Accounting and English.
Intern-Teacher Training Programme
The training of new Teachers through this programme has a special focus on areas of critical teacher shortages in the subject areas of Mathematics, the Sciences, English and within the Early Childhood Development/Foundation Phase of Education. This in-service formal training provided to Student-Teachers transform apprentice Teachers into meister Teachers. The programme aims at growing the number of Teachers in South Africa and building capacity in the broader education sector.
Teacher Development Programme
Offering a professional development programme to assist current Teachers and practitioners in improving their teaching skills. This programme focusses on the development and up-skilling of Teachers and School Leaders currently working in ECD Centres and Schools located in previously disadvantaged areas within Gauteng Province and in the town of Modimolle in Limpopo Province (donor project basis) and providing professional growth to these educators.
Academic Scholarship Programme
The provision of scholarships to talented FET-phase historically disadvantaged South African Learners, who are currently learning in a school environment where they will not be able to optimise their talent and for them to be placed at St Stithians College which has an excellent track record of teaching Mathematics and Science. This programme (subject to the availability of dedicated, multi-year funding) provides bursaries to talented Mathematics/Science Learners from Grade 10 to 12.