2017 – My lectures at Zisukhanyo Secondary

By |2017-04-12T12:22:12+00:00April 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Since 2001, when Norton Tennille offered me to teach a class of grade 9s at Sinethemba High School, I had the feeling that the field of Arts was a truly important medium for hope and mind opening for the townships under-privileged schools. Year after year of volunteering work in these schools, it was confirmed by [...]

Welcome to our new team members!

By |2017-02-20T09:05:29+00:00February 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

  Mpilo Khumalo has joined SAEP as a Coordinator for our Hope Scholars programme. Mpilo was born in Soweto (Gauteng) and relocated to Zimbabwe where he lived with his grandmother. He completed his primary, secondary and tertiary studies in Zimbabwe and moved back to South Africa in search of greener pastures. Mpilo holds Honours in [...]

Learning to Read, Reading to Learn this Literacy Month

By |2016-10-21T14:39:16+00:00September 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Originally published in the Mail & Guardian, September 16 2016 Susie Aston-Taylor, SAEP Primary School Curriculum and Research Officer September is Literacy Month and in our country this should be a big deal. Nearly 30% of Grade 4s in South Africa are illiterate and this is the critical grade where children need to move past [...]

Fees Commission: Where SA’s Education Funding Must Fall

By |2016-10-21T08:41:34+00:00September 12th, 2016|General news, Impact Centre, Uncategorized|

Originally published in The Times, Monday 12 September http://www.timeslive.co.za/Feeds/2016/09/12/Varsities-where-the-money-must-go Kayin Scholtz, SAEP Impact Centre Manager The idea of a free university education resonates with the born free generation, and understandably so – it's an aspiration that has been denied to so many. Having a university degree has become associated as the minimum standard for those [...]

SAEP Pilots Township Peer-Support Programme

By |2016-10-21T08:41:37+00:00June 22nd, 2016|General news, Hope Scholars, Primary school, Uncategorized|

June, 2016 Helping to grow the social fabric of the township it supports, the South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) recently launched its new peer support programme, the Buddy System, in Philippi. Connecting young members from its primary school programme with older, high school learners from another of its initiatives, the programme aims to [...]

2015: A Year of Success For SAEP

By |2016-10-21T08:41:38+00:00May 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|

May, 2016 This month SAEP held its annual general meeting at Siyazakha Primary School in Brown’s Farm, Philippi. Celebrating a year of significant success in the face of much change, 2015 was a demonstration of the organisation’s resilience and resolve. These strengths were reflected in SAEP’s Annual Report, copies of which were distributed to over [...]

Bridging Year Community Service Report Back

By |2016-10-21T08:41:53+00:00September 15th, 2015|Bridging Year, General news, Uncategorized|

Students from the Bridging Year Programme (BYP) recently completed community service activities and have been presenting their reports to the Careers facilitator via a written report and a presentation. Three groups spoke about their experiences at Siyazaka Primary School, Amandla Edu-Football and the Red Cross Hospital. Each student spoke about their experience, summarising it and [...]

Are we teaching reading wrong?

By |2016-10-21T08:41:55+00:00July 30th, 2015|Foundation phase, Primary school, Uncategorized|

Article Published in City Press With our schools buckling under the weight of too many children and too few resources, Grethe Koen looks into the South African civil organisations teaching our kids how to read. It received precious little mention in our media, but local organisation Project for the Study of Alternative Education in SA (Praesa) [...]

Hope Scholar’s tour Robben Island

By |2016-10-21T08:42:06+00:00July 22nd, 2015|Cross Cutting, Environment, Hope Scholars, Uncategorized|

On Friday, 8 May 2015, 100 Hope Scholar Programme (HSP) learners from grade 8 and 9 went on a tour of Robben Island.  The purpose of the trip was twofold: to allow the scholars to experience the environment of the island (Robben Island is home to a great variety of seabird species) and to gain [...]

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