PROGRAMMES

Our five programmes serve children, young people & education providers from under-resourced communities. They have developed in response to specific needs expressed by learners, teachers & others in the Philippi community. 

We intervene at critical points of the education journey to support beneficiaries to prepare for and to succeed at the next stage.

 
 

OUR PROGRAMMES

developing under-resourced township educare centres

after-school reading groups to strengthen literacy & reading

Life skills & stimulating environmental extra-mural outings for grades 8 & 9 learners

University preparedness for recent matriculants

Promoting success in tertiary studies

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Early Childhood Development centres care for babies, toddlers and pre-school children while their guardians are working or looking for work. It is crucial that the centres provide age-appropriate stimulation and learning, but all too often the principals and teachers lack the necessary resources, skills or knowledge.

 

Township educare centres face many challenges, including inadequate physical structures, inexperienced teachers, unhealthy learning environments, poor nutrition, and insufficient emphasis on children’s cognitive, physical, emotional and social development. If they are to register with government and receive subsidies, centres must meet minimum requirements in areas including infrastructure, financial management, curriculum and teacher training. Without funding or support, many centres struggle to upgrade and to meet government requirements.

 

SAEP works with centres through several years to help them qualify for government registration and subsidies and to become self-sustainable, so that they can deliver quality early learning services to children in Philippi and provide safe, nurturing care to give the children the best possible foundation for their future formal education.

 

The ECD Resource Centre operates from a cottage at Beautiful Gate in Stock Road, Philippi, making the programme accessible to centres in the area.

 

140

total centres SAEP is working with in Philippi

5785

children attending ECD centres in Philippi

123

centres attended at least 1 training in 2019

120

Grade 3 and 4 learners annually

9%

Improvement in reading comprehension (compared to a control group)

45

academic awards

received by 25 SPP alumni in 2018

SIYAKHATHALA PRIMARY PROGRAMME

Learners in Grades 3 & 4 at Siyazakha Primary School in Philippi have after-school sessions with trained reading coaches to strengthen their literacy skills, to promote a love of reading and learning.  Until the end of Grade 3, learners are taught in isiXhosa, and in Grade 4 the medium of instruction changes to English.  SPP strengthens their learning capacity during this transition to ensure that the learners have the skills to continue learning in the new medium.

In our programme we:

  • Hold Learning Gym sessions three afternoons a week.   Each session includes group reading as well as some free choice reading.  There is a vibrant story time each week as well, because there is little better than being read to!

  • Develop learning habits to equip children to succeed as relational, resourceful, reflective and resilient learners.

  • Use circle time activities to develop the learners’ emotional vocabulary and give them useful ways to deal with social and emotional aspects of their lives in a positive way.

 
 

HOPE SCHOLARS

Our Hope Scholars programme provides life skills and stimulating extra-mural outings over weekends and during the holidays. The aim is to develop environmentally conscious and responsible young people and to equip them with health education, information about human rights and responsibilities, career guidance, and to broaden their general knowledge and interest in furthering their education. This is done through:

 

Environmental activities

  • Provide opportunities for learners to have life changing experiences through nature on day hikes and holiday camps.

  • Grow and mentor learners to become environmental champions and to consider careers in this area, by linking them to environmental and nature conversation organisations.

Personal development and support

  • Run life skills workshops and personal development sessions, to enhance resilience, develop confidence and to encourage learners to take responsibility for their learning.

  • Psycho-social support to address non-academic barriers to learning through parent meetings, access to a social worker, home visits and referrals when necessary.

51

hikes, camps & environmental excursions since 2015

447

learners attended at least

1 hike since 2015

700

high school learners reached since 2015

IHLUMELO HOPE SCHOLARS (IHS)

The Hope Scholars programme has partnered with Tshilidzi (meaning grace) - a group of Hope Scholars alumni (from the early years) had been inspired to start a similar programme to tutor high school students in Philippi.

 

The partnership is now known as Ihlumelo Hope Scholars (IHS). The programme is currently working with 120 Grade 8 and 9 learners from Zisukhanyo and Sophumelela high schools. The aim of the joint programme is to develop a solid academic foundation for beneficiaries, with strong life skills and resilience. Grade 8 learners are selected for their commitment and motivation to succeed, and then continue in the programme in Grade 9.

Beneficiaries are provided with academic tutoring in maths, science and English and guide Grade 9 learners to choose subjects for the rest of secondary school.  Students are encouraged to select subjects that will expand rather than limit their career choices at tertiary level, and which support their interests and long-term aspirations. They also assist with study skills.

 

Together Tshilidzi and Hope Scholars will run academic and enrichment camps to supplement these activities, to stimulate an interest in maths and science, and link them to the school curriculum. All these interventions are geared towards helping prepare learners for their final 3 years of high school when they are free to join other academic support programmes. 

 

Ihlumelo Hope Scholars Programme key values:

  • Responsibility - To ourselves and each other.

  • Honesty - In all that we do.

  • Dedication - Provide the best possible quality of education.

  • Passion - Believe in YOUTH development and the future of the society.

  • Kindness - Show respect for all humanity.

  • Environmental responsibility.

 

BRIDGING YEAR

Many learners finish their matric with bachelor or diploma passes but without achieving the marks required to gain admission to study at tertiary institutions for courses of choice. Some enter matric rewrite programmes to improve their marks, but still find that they are not equipped with the life skills they need to succeed in university or college.

 

The Bridging Year programme is open to post-secondary students from all areas of Cape Town and beyond. Applicants are assessed on their Grade 12 results and such factors as resilience, independence, confidence, commitment to serve others and determination to succeed.

 

We partner with CPUT Second Chance Programme which provides academic tutoring to prepare students for the matric exams they plan to rewrite.

Our Bridging Year programme includes:

  • Preparation for life at University and College

  • Career guidance

  • Help to students applying for bursaries and grants from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and others

  • Critical thinking

  • Academic literacy, including researching, writing, referencing, revision, and exam techniques

  • Computer skills

  • Counselling and referrals when necessary

  • Support group sessions focusing on personal development, relationship issues, and any personal or social challenges which might undermine their success

  • Hikes and educational excursions

  • Community Service, leading students to give back to their communities while gaining valuable work experience

438

students since 2010

31%

improvement in essay writing and professional emails

72%

of students completed at least 25 hours of community service

TERTIARY SUPPORT

Our Tertiary Support Programme is open to all SAEP learners who have participated in our Hope Scholars or Bridging Year programme. It provides to support to students who have demonstrated the potential to succeed, but who are at risk of not completing their studies due to a variety of psycho-social and economic challenges.

 

We match tertiary students with graduate advisers who keeps regular contact and can provide guidance and support. It addition we help our students to:

 

  • Help to students applying for bursaries and grants from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

  • Connect with existing support structures and resources in their places of learning,

  • Offer counselling when needed

  • Limited financial support for expenses not covered by NSFAS.

  • Career guidance and advice on course selection

  • Job shadowing and internship placements if needed

  • Life skills workshops bringing students together to discuss coping strategies for university success

Read more about the advisory programme or fill out the 2020 application.

 

70

students supported annually

59

students graduated (including 6 post-graduates)

106

students mentored

About

The South African Education Project (SAEP) is a non-profit organisation, based in

Cape Town, South Africa.

Since 1994, we have provided education, life skills, and

psycho-social support programmes for children youth and education providers. 

NPO 028 310  

PBO 930 010 069  

VAT 478 027 0082

Address

SAEP SA
Unit B15, Waverley Court
7 Kotzee Rd, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7925

 

SAEP ECD Resource Centre
Beautiful Gate
Stock Road , Philippi East

SAEP USA

#102
2116 Chesapeake Harbour Drive
Annapolis, MD 21403

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