A gathering of mind shapers

2016-06-08 06:00
Photo: supplied iLembe Education District Director Thembi Vilakazi and Sibaya Community Trust trustee Vivian Reddy.

Photo: supplied iLembe Education District Director Thembi Vilakazi and Sibaya Community Trust trustee Vivian Reddy.

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THE war against poor matric results in the iLembe District was advanced with the gathering of the education teams this past week.

One hundred and fifty teachers, participating in the Matric Academic Development Initiative (MADI), assembled at Sibaya Casino in preparation for mid-term examinations and winter school.

The objective of MADI, initiated by Sibaya Community Trust, is to achieve a minimum 60% pass rate in struggling schools.

The scheme, which commenced this year, supplements the district directors recovery plan, and is currently being implemented at 11 schools in rural areas of iLembe.

MADI also includes participation from specialist education partners including Science CEO, KZN Science Center, and Mancosa.

On this occasion teachers were hosted by Sibaya Community Trust and given a motivational talk before embarking on their journey.

Addressing those attending, Sibaya Community Trust trustee Vivian Reddy thanked them for commitment to the cause.

“Education is an inoculation against poverty and therefore, as educators, you have the unique power to change the lives of many poor and impoverished families. Therefore to be a teacher, is indeed a critical calling. I salute you and wish you well as you go on this amazing journey to make a difference.”

Reddy also announced that the trust would be giving further support to teachers and principals for subject development and the enhancement of management skills.

This, in addition to their recent sponsorship of scientific calculators to every MADI pupil, made possible by Sun International supplier Bidvest Waltons.

Other incentives for MADI participants included R200 000 (cash and bursary) for the best performing matric pupil in 2016, R10 000 per subject to the best performing pupil in the subject, R15 000 for the most improved pupil, R30 000 (cash and holiday) to the best teachers per subject, R15 000 to the teacher who shows the most improvement and a R50 000 principal’s award for the best performing school.

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