Calling on graduates to TEACH

2016-08-17 06:00
TEACH ambassadors who are maths, science and English graduates volunteering two years of their time to teach in underperforming schools across the country. Photo: supplied

TEACH ambassadors who are maths, science and English graduates volunteering two years of their time to teach in underperforming schools across the country. Photo: supplied

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TEACH South Africa (TEACH) in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) is calling all maths, science and English graduates to put their degree to good use and become TEACH ambassadors in 2017 by volunteering two years of their time to teach in underperforming schools across the country.

“Since 2009, TEACH South Africa has placed 435 TEACH Ambassadors in eight provinces and in 211 schools, impacting more than 40 000 pupils across the country. We recruit graduates from the finest South African universities who are not only top achievers, but who are committed to being change agents in South Africa because teaching is a passion and we need our ambassadors to be passionate about making an impact on the education system,” said TEACH South Africa executive director Richard Masemola.

The DBE has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TEACH to place qualified graduates in disadvantaged and rural schools that have a shortage of maths and science teachers.

The MoU is part of the DBE’s national strategy to address the shortage of mathematics teachers, as well as to ensure the promotion of mathematics as a subject necessary for the growth of the South African economy.

In its 2015 technical report, the education department pointed to a drop in results in science and mathematics-related subjects.

The technical report showed that for mathematics, the percentage of pupils who achieved above 40% in 2015 was 31.9% – down from 35.1% in 2014.

Ntombi Mashishi, recruitment and selection officer at TEACH and former TEACH ambassador says: “The future is in our hands, we are looking for high performing graduates who have demonstrated leadership, perseverance, and courage. Before deployment to schools, TEACH ambassadors are provided with an intensive, two-week induction programme on teaching techniques and throughout the two year teaching period, continuous support is provided in the form of mentorship, short courses in teaching techniques, leadership and life skills. Over 50% of our TEACH ambassadors remain in the teaching profession after their two years with TEACH.”

TEACH South Africa recruitment team is currently visiting universities around the country and calls on all young graduate leaders who are passionate about developing South Africa to apply to become a TEACH ambassador in 2017.
For more information or to apply contact Celine de Canha on celine.decanha@teachsouthafrica.org.

Applications close on 9 September 2016.

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