The ORT SA CAPE Innovators in Education program supports preschool, primary and junior high schools in disadvantaged communities. This includes literacy and problem solving programs for learners to develop gross and fine motor skills, and teacher training and support to empower teachers to adopt a professional approach in the classroom and improve learner performance.
ORT SA CAPE's strategy to improve the skills of educators includes:
- Fostering professional learning communities for educators in the rural areas of Western Cape to improve Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) implementation, learner performance, and to encourage joint problem-solving.
- Facilitating and funding Skills Education Training Authorities (SETA) accredited Grade R Teacher Training courses to offer better job opportunities for trained teachers, and to improve the overall quality of education.
- Offering specific targeted support for teachers to cater to individual circumstances.
- Engaging in research on teachers through monitoring and evaluation, in order to identify and analyze challenges and devise solutions.
ORT SA CAPE's strategy to improve the skills of learners includes:
- Facilitating a Constructive After-School Program for EnRichment (CASPER) in rural areas of Western Cape, providing supplementary learning opportunities for students in the areas of Technology, Literacy and Numeracy.
- Providing supervised reading groups, which employ the buddy system, to improve confidence and literacy in all subjects.
- Organizing robotics extramurals and workshops, to encourage group communication and improvement in visual memory, concentration, mathematics and science strategies and problem solving.
- Advancing research on learners' assessments to identify and address areas of need.
The overall vision of the ORT SA CAPE's Innovators in Education program is to design and demonstrate a long term strategy for education from birth to fifteen years old, for quality performance of learners in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, through Robotics and Literacy, that can serve as a basis for advocacy and for implementation.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportPolicy & AnalysisSchool supportEducational TechnologyMath/numeracyLiteracyScience & engineering21st century skills (soft skills)Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Model details1994Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumMath/numeracyLiteracyScience & engineering21st century skills (soft skills)Information and Communications Technology (ICT)ActiveLong-term projectFree service or productSakhikhamvaEnlighten TrustUniversity of StellenboschUniversity of Cape TownEdunova Cape Town Science CentreIziko Museums Cape TownAmy Biehl FoundationYouth After-School Club (West Coast)FundaniNathi25,00040%60%
BeneficiariesOut-of-school childrenOrphans and vulnerable children
Intervention is carried out in selected schools in disadvantaged communities.
TechnologyMobile phoneEnrichment or remediation resourcesSAPLEGO FoundationDimagiSubstance FilmsLook & ListenApple iStore
Scale12323 Intermediate Phase Maths and Language courses and 100 teachers are trained each year in Grade R and ECD65Grade R and ECD Training from 35 schools After school Programmes 30 venues including schools, museums and The Science Centre August, 2013
In 2013, Enlighten Trust, in Hermanus, replicated the Robotics program under the guidance of ORT SA CAPE. In 2014 CASPER Programme expanded to Saldanha Bay.
In June 2013, Berg River High School, Wellington, began using the CASPER Reading and Robotics programs, run by ORT SA CAPE. Robotics roll out to Stellenbosch during 2014.
Schools included in ORT SA CAPE's programs in Cape Town City are: Sea Point High, Good Hope Seminary, Salt River Secondary, Thandokhulu Secondary School and Harold Cressy High.
Since 2008, the Hector Peterson Secondary School, in Wallacedene, has operated a Robotics Club.
There are nine primary schools that run weekly CASPER reading groups in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek: Vlottenberg, Bruchner de Villiers, Groendal, JJ Rhode, Lyndoch, PC Pietersen, Pieter Langeveldt, Pniel and Weber Gedenk.
We run programmes at various advantaged schools in the city and at the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory. Student mentors and facilitators used extensively in all programmes.
ORT SA CAPE in partnership with Afrika Tikkun expanding ECD teacher training.
Launching innovation Reading Tool for assistance with comprehension.
Developing unique harware and software for Early Childhood Robotics.
In discussion with large corporate to partnership in a large education project in Limpopo.
Western Cape Premier GAP year project - roll out in 2015 - Robotics Partners.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Accredited teacher assignment results and graduation stats. Report by external evaluators in 2013, feedback on reading improvements given by class teachers, and feedback by participants, teachers and parents about Robotics. Pre and Post teaching of a sample group for Robotics and Reading performed in 2014.Internal assessment performanceAbility to reach the poorGraduation or promotion ratesTeacher attendanceStudent attendanceTeacher retentionYes
100% employed by WCED (2014)
95% Grade R Teacher Graduation (2014)
90% for our CASPER - Reading and Robotics (2013/4)
R450 per child per year
R440 per teacher per year