This week saw a career exhibition hosted by Ikamva Youth at Masiphumelele High School. The event was an opportunity to provide advice regarding careers and further education opportunities to the learners at the school and was well attended by both local information providers and the learners themselves.
Masicorp were pleased to participate alongside our partners in the community including Masiphumelele library and Fish Hoek library staff who were showcasing the City of Cape Town Library and Information Services.
We were delighted to be joined by many of the graduates of our bursary programme, who assisted with our stand and were available to inform the learners of the benefits of university education. Several of the graduates were able to give specific guidance regarding their specialist courses including Avile Mabengu (environmental management) Khuselo Mchithakali (agriculture), Babalwa Mtshawuli (nursing) and Aluncedo Mtengwane (accountancy). Everyone was able to provide overall guidance on what to expect at university in terms of student life and the big step up required in terms of learning and understanding the higher level course materials.
Overall this was an excellent event and we hope to have inspired many of the schools learners to consider further education opportunities.
It has been unseasonabally warm in the Western Cape this weekend. With temperatures well into the twenties and bright blue skies many locals have headed for the hills and beaches to take advantage of the unusual winter heatwave. Not so at Masiphumele High School where the grade 9 students were queuing up for extra science and maths tuition on Saturday morning.
Rob Douglas from Fish Hoek High initiated the successful program, which has been running for a couple of years now with financial assistance from Masicorp. The project involves staff from Masiphumelele High School, and colleagues from the nearby and more affluent Fish Hoek High School. A typical Saturday starts with Masiphumelele staff preparing the room as learners arrive for a 9.30 start. Up to 220 students have turned up as news of the program has spread through the community via letters and SMS’s to parents. Allison Grobelaar from Fish Hoek High is first up to take the students through a science session. Theory and practical demonstrations are part of the class, which has been a new addition to this year’s program.
Mr Rob (Fish Hoek High) and his counterpart Mr Mlandu (Masiphumelele High) lead the main maths session and set the students homework assignments.
The learners sit in small teams and are given instruction via a large projected image on the wall of the main hall. An interactive computer program has been provided with the assistance of Masicorp and allows the viewing of videos and past examination papers for the students to review.
The learners and staff at Masiphumele High have benefitted enormously from the knowledge and mentoring of staff at Fish Hoek’s excellent high school. The extra tuition for the township students can only help advance their Matric prospects and their willingness to attend is a testament to the quality of education on offer and their positive attitude toward learning. Of course all of this would be impossible if it was not for the time given to the program by the staff at both schools for which we can only give our continued thanks.