Math camps make a difference

2018-07-19 06:01
WCED representative Elmaree Eksteen, Akho Mepi and SAICA’s Betty Abrahams and Christiaan Vorsterr   . PHoto: Siphephelo Dlamini

WCED representative Elmaree Eksteen, Akho Mepi and SAICA’s Betty Abrahams and Christiaan Vorsterr . PHoto: Siphephelo Dlamini

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The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in partnership with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) gave learners from disadvantaged communities an opportunity to take part in the province’s annual development camp for a week during the holidays.

And the top performing Grade 12 learners were honoured as the brightest maths and accounting learners in the province at an award ceremony which took place on last Friday.

The following learners were congratulated for receiving top marks in mathematics:

. 1st prize – Akho Mepi (Inkwenkwezi Secondary High School, Dunoon)

. 2nd prize – Songezo Sayiti (Vuyiseka Secondary High School, Philippi)

. 3rd prize – Zimasa Vuzane (Centre of Science and Technology, Khayelitsha)

The following learners were congratulated for receiving top marks in accounting:

. 1st prize – Siviwe Qolohle (Collegiate Girls High School, Port Elizabeth).

. 2nd prize – Candice Smith (Groenberg Secondary High School, Grabouw)

. 3rd prize – Johandre Titus (Hoërskool De Rust, De Rust)

Cape Academy in Constantia hosted 194 top learners from disadvantaged communities last month. The learners received support in maths, science and accounting, as well career guidance and life skills training.

“Every winter holiday, SAICA hosts its annual development camps to further learners’ social and career development and harness their potential to produce quality matric passes. These camps are part of SAICA’s strategy to aid the national drive for transformation, employment and growth by supporting social and economic development as outlined in the NDP,” said Gugu Makhanya, SAICA’s senior executive for transformation and growth.

She congratulated the top performers, saying that SAICA is very proud of all the learners who attended the camp.

SAICA also looks forward to seeing how what they have learnt at the camp will help to improve their grades.

“Year after year, our analysis shows that camp attendees have an advantage over their peers going into their matric exams—many of whom go on to achieve a spot on the country’s top matric learner list.

“One such example is Mogopodi Molusi, a learner who attended the Northern Cape Development Camp last year. He claimed the third best maths mark in the country and achieved six distinctions.

“Success stories like Mogopodi’s make us excited to see how this year’s camp attendees perform in their 2018 matric exams,” she said.

Betty Abrahams, SAICA’s project manager in the Western Cape, added that the benefits of the camps extend well beyond the immediate goal of improving academic performance. They also stimulate learners as well as the university group leaders to become aware of their own personal potential and awaken their awareness of their responsibility as the future leaders of South Africa.

“Through the camp educators and, more importantly, the SAICA camp leaders, learners are taught to step out of their comfort zones and become inspired and empowered to make crucial decisions about their lives and their career paths.

“Frank’s own personal experience bears testament to this, as his SAICA camp leader became his unofficial mentor at university and encouraged both his academic development and social integration,” she pointed out.

Makhanya concluded by thanking all of SAICA’s partners who donated their time and money to supporting the 194 matric students who attended the Western Cape Thuthuka camp. “It has become a cliché to say ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, but it remains true.”

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