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High School Learner Support Programme

Targeted Beneficiaries:

  • Grade 9 – 12 Rural and Township High School Learners
  • High School Dropouts (“Operation Back To School”-OBTS)
  • Life Orientation Teachers


I. To promote and improve the pass rate in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

  • WHY?
    • Only 1 in 5 Grade 12 learners got more than 50% in Mathematics and Science (SAIRR, 2013). Just 26.1% of candidates who wrote mathematics in the 2013 matric exams achieved a pass mark of 50% and above. A total of 97 790 of these students (40.5%) achieved a pass mark of 40% and above - an increase of 10.4 percentage points from the 2011 figure. Just 15.6% achieved 60% and above. A pass mark of 50% is required for entrance into bachelor degrees in the sciences, commerce and engineering.
    • Fewer learners are choosing Mathematics and Science at Grade 9 and this limit their potential and opportunities in future. Of the 562 112 full-time candidates who wrote the National Senior Certificate (NSC) in 2013, only 43% sat the Mathematics paper. Most youth seem to have an attitudinal problem towards Mathematics and Science.
  • HOW?
    • The provision of of study guides and additional learning material
    • Implementation of Winter and Spring School Revision Programmes
    • Promotion of Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • II. Motivating Youth to stay in School and Identify a Career Path

    • WHY?
      • The dropout rate in South African schools is alarming.
      • When the 2013 matric class started grade one in 2002, there were 1,261,827 pupils. By the time they sat their final exams, those numbers had more than halved to 562,112.
      • With an increasingly competitive job market, most of those who drop out of school are mostly fall into the “NEET Tragedy” (Not in Employment, Education nor in Training).
      • Youth in the NEET Tragedy reinforces the cycle of poverty in rural and township communities
    • HOW?
      • Anti-Drop Out Campaigns in Rural and Township High Schools
      • Sharing Stories of Success – Making our Voice Heard. We intend to use our Website, YouTube, Community Radio Stations, and Community Meetings, to present motivational speaking sessions to learners and members of the community in general. We intend enable our volunteers to share their life-changing stories, with specific emphasis on turning-points and highlights of their educational journey to success, in order to further motivate youth to excel academically.

III. Bridging the educational and Technological information gap between rural/township high school learners and their urban counterparts in order to create an equal opportunity for all to access institutions of higher learning and TVET Colleges