SHAWCO Saturday School

SHAWCO Saturday School Overview:


SHAWCO’s Saturday School Programme is a professionally run educational intervention that engages with more than two hundred Grade 12 learners from a number of disadvantaged communities within the Cape Metropole. The main purpose of Saturday School is to provide learners with curriculum support in core academic areas thus acting as a vehicle that empowers learners’ to achieve their academic aspirations.

 

 The programme provides learners with opportunities to acquire skills and experiences in preparation for tertiary studies and develop a sense of confidence and belief in their abilities.

 

Key to the success of Saturday School, is that successful learners are taken out of their communities and transported to the University of Cape Town (UCT) for these extra lessons on Saturdays.

 

This gives learners the opportunity of experiencing campus life where they also receive life skills interventions, career guidance workshops and are enriched by motivational speakers and other guest presenters.

 

SHAWCO started the Saturday School Programme in 2008 to give participating learners access to UCT resources and facilities not currently available at their present schools. In addition all Science learners’ are given the opportunity to do their matric (Grade 12) Chemistry, Physics and Life Science practical’s in the laboratories at UCT.

 

2014 will see the Saturday School programme enter its 7th year of operation

 

One of the strongholds of the SHAWCO Saturday School intervention is the fact that rigid internal evaluation procedures are structured into the programme. Learners also completed a questionnaire evaluating the project and teachers. All academic results are captured, reviewed and progress tracked. A further teacher evaluation is conducted by the project manager of the programme where class monitoring and observation techniques are utilised. 

 


SHAWCO Saturday School vision:

To be the best Saturday School educational intervention in Africa by becoming a reputable school of excellence that provides quality teaching to develop learners’ academic potential and their self-esteem through inspirational interventions.

 


SHAWCO Saturday School mission:

  • To provide participant learners from developing communities inspiration for personal growth.
  • To provide skills for academic success through quality and value-adding teaching.
  • To expose participants’ to support systems that enables them to cope with academic pressures.
  • To develop positive role models within the developing communities.
  • The Saturday School Programme should act as a vehicle to help learners’ achieve their academic aspirations.
  • To recruit and develop learners’ with academic potential from developing communities for tertiary institutions.
  • To build strong relationships with tertiary institutions, WCED, partnering schools and other credible agencies to develop the learners’ in totality.
  • Target areas; Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Kensington, Manenberg, Crossroads, Philippi, Hanover Park Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain, Grassy Park, Wynberg and Cape Town.
  • SHAWCO has partnered with 42 different schools in 2014.
  • 209 learners have been enrolled into the 2014 programme.
  • Learners are grouped according to their academic performance based on the entrance tests administrated by AARP Department at UCT.
  • There are between 17 and 25 learners per group/class.
  • 9 educators are employed by the Saturday School to conduct these classes.


Practical information about the programme for 2014:

 

Key information:

 

 

  • Target areas; Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Kensington, Manenberg, Crossroads, Philippi, Hanover Park Athlone, Mitchell’s Plain, Grassy Park, Wynberg and Cape Town.
  • SHAWCO has partnered with 42 different schools in 2014.
  • 209 learners have been enrolled into the 2014 programme.
  • Learners are grouped according to their academic performance based on the entrance tests administrated by AARP Department at UCT.
  • There are between 17 and 25 learners per group/class.
  • 9 educators are employed by the Saturday School to conduct these classes.