Mandela Day and Skills Universe members involvement

I posted a suggestion yesterday that all members of Skills Universe should consider contributing a minimum of R100 to a fund for the improvement of one school in the Eastern Cape.
Sylvia has expressed her agreement and now I would like to know from others if they are prepared to contribute. I have suggested Sylvia manage the funds if she is in agreement to do so and those members in the Eastern Cape decide on what school is most deserving.
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Comment by Des Cross on July 5, 2012 at 9:46

I spent 20 years in the Eastern Cape and I have intimate knowledge of the problems there.

Nelson Mandela persuaded big business to upgrade 48 schools in the former Transkei. The schools were chosen because of various factors such as poverty and the positive attitude of the staff.

Once the school was completed, our input was that the teachers needed to be trained to use this new equipment and that teacher's knowledge and skills in the subjects needed to be improved.

Big business were not interested. All they wanted was a sign at the school to show their sponsorship. Over the years these schools produced results that were appalling, even worse than before.

These efforts can be patronising and we need to have a good idea about what should be done. I suggest the deserving school be asked to come up with a properly motivated concept that can effectively improve the education of these children.

So many times a school gets donated computers and software and then what?

I spent many many hours of my free time showing teachers how to use science equipment and how to teach in their challenging environments. Perhaps that is what we should do. Donate our time!

Comment by Moira De Roche on July 5, 2012 at 9:44

Great initiative. I am in.

Comment by Wilma de Villiers on July 5, 2012 at 9:38

A good idea.

Comment by Mitchell Messina on July 5, 2012 at 9:38

As an educational consultant I have been doing school improvement for the past 10 years. What I have learnt is that unless the School Management Team (principal, deputy and HODs) take ownership and responsibility for the improvement, nothing is going to change. You can bring all the money in the world to most of our previously disadvantaged schools but without commitment and buy in from the whole staff nothing will change. Word of warning: be careful when you want to invest in schools especially in the Eastern Cape.  

Comment by Irene James on July 5, 2012 at 9:34

Great idea. Count us in.

Comment by Nadia Gamieldien on July 5, 2012 at 9:33

That is a good idea. We have been assisting various organisation with the development and improvement of primary schools and homes for abandoned and abused children. Foundation phase learning is a valuable steeping stone for future development. Could we implement your idea in the Western Cape?

Comment by Paula Whitaker on July 5, 2012 at 9:32

Yes! Great stuff.

Comment by Nerisha Bhajun-Visser on July 5, 2012 at 9:31

I am happy to contribute for the improvement of a school.

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