The purpose of our school-based and post-school initiatives, is to assist learners struggling to cope with learning Mathematics, Science and English language. These subjects require the retention of core/foundational knowledge acquired through practice doing, i.e. applying these concepts and skills. Learners can best achieve this through learning on their own with others and from others. That is collaborative learning.
Our aims are to:
- Teach learners how to learn Mathematics, Science and English language by providing them with structured learning and assessment methodologies, materials and tools to take responsibility for and be able to manage their own learning and development
- Provide purpose for learning and development, by assisting them to: identify and accept their capabilities and confirm their career interests, develop their learning objectives and plans and also help manage their progress.
- Prepare them for the world of work, by helping them develop work-related knowledge, e.g. financial literacy and work-based skills, attitudes and behaviours e.g. communication; team-work; self-respect and respect for others, discipline, etc.
Post School Learning Initiatives
Project – ‘Second Chance’ 1 to 2 Year Plan
The purpose of this project is to implement a formal NSC Rewrite/Upgrade Programme in Adult Education & Training Centres, as a post school learning initiative.
This project is intended for unemployed youth up to the age of 25, who have previously failed their NSC Maths and/or Physical Science, or passed at a low level. They are unable to study further or be employed because of their marks and have joined the ranks of the unemployed. Many, realising their plight, decide to register for a re-write or upgrade through the public Adult Education & Training Centres.
Learners volunteer to enrol in the Winning Teams Programme and attend at the learning centres, either before or after their Maths and Science class. They are able to participate in the various Winning Teams programmes and be exposed to the Winning Teams learning and re-inforcement process for 3-5 hour a day. Extensive learning support and tutoring with teaching will ensure that learners:
- Develop a culture of learning.
- Build foundational knowledge and key concepts from Senior Phase (grades 8 & 9) through to the FET Phase (grades 10 & 11).
- Do revision of Grade 12 work as early as possible.
- Monitor and measure their learning process and develop learning competencies and skills.
- Close the foundational knowledge gaps that exist in Mathematics and Physical Science from previous grades.
- Develop English language (FAL) competencies and skills.
- Prepare learners for their final NSC examinations.
- Develop work-related knowledge i.e. financial literacy and work-based skills i.e. communication and teamwork, as well as those attitudes and behaviours that are required in the workplace.
This initiative has proven that it is possible, given time and space to use the Winning Teams learning methodology, for learners to achieve a quality pass rate in their NSC examinations, which provides them with the opportunity to study further, obtain learnerships or become employed.
School Based Learning Initiatives
Project – ‘Best Chance’ – 4 Year Plan (Same cohort of learners)
The purpose of this project is to work with the same cohort of learners from Grade 8-11. The Winning Teams learning and development model of engagement is used in implementing a Building English (FAL) language programme, an Examination Preparation Programme and a World of Work Preparation Programme. This will ensure the development of learning competencies and skills that will enable learners to better cope with their curriculum and examinations as well as reduce the serious drop-out rate in Grades 10 and 11.
This should enable learners to:
- Develop a culture of learning.
- Improve their English language competencies so that they can fully understand what they are being taught or assessed on.
- Build foundational knowledge and key concepts in Mathematics, Physical Science and English (FAL) needed to cope with their curriculum.
- Monitor their learning and assess their own readiness for the ANA and NSC external exams.
- Be properly prepared for the world of work.