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  • 1. SERI Science Education Resources Initiative
  • 2. SERI’s Mission SERI is the ‘support arm’ of the Centre of Science and Technology [COSAT]. Their joint mission is to produce quality matriculants in Maths, Science and IT, with the ultimate objective of addressing the dire shortage of suitably-qualified Science, Engineering and Technology professionals in South Africa. SERI achieves its mission through a number of initiatives targeted at secondary school learners.
  • 3. Skills Shortages in South Africa South Africa has a huge shortage of skilled people in the following fields: Engineering Commerce Medical Sciences Science Technology Information Technology
  • 4. The Education System in S.A. RECENT RESEARCH SHOWS THAT: Only 20% of South African 6th-graders can do Maths at the appropriate grade levels (average score 27%). The figure for ex-DET (black) schools is only 0,1%. In a sample of 100 000 Grade 6 African learners, only 100 can do Grade 6 Maths. The education system is delivering quantity, not quality. SO, IN A SMALL BUT MEANINGFUL WAY, SERI AND COSAT ARE TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
  • 5. Centre of Science and Technology COSAT COSAT is based in Khayelitsha at the Good Hope campus of the False Bay FET College. There are 12 teachers and 180 learners. In 2009: Grade 10: 81 Grade 11: 52 Grade 12: 47
  • 6. Advantages for COSAT learners: Small classes (+25 learners per class) (+ Excellent resources (Labs, Library, Computers, etc.) Exciting enrichment activities A caring environment An impressive academic track record (100% pass rate, excellent Matric results) Academic support programmes (Maths, Science, English, IT) An eighth Matric subject – Advanced Mathematics – for the mathematically talented Opportunities in tertiary education
  • 7. Disadvantages (for some!) Less free time (COSAT demands hard work!) A long school day (08.00 – 16.15) A 6-day school week (All COSAT learners attend 6- Saturday School.) Lack of subject choice (Science-related subjects only) (Science- For many, long-distance travel to school. long-
  • 8. COSAT Staff
  • 9. COSAT Curriculum Xhosa /Sotho (First Language) English (First Additional Language) Life Orientation Physical Sciences Mathematics (No Maths Literacy) Life Sciences Information Technology (No CAT) IEB Advanced Mathematics [an eighth subject for the mathematically talented]
  • 10. COSAT MATRIC RESULTS Since 2001, when COSAT produced its first matriculants, the matriculation results have been consistently excellent – a 100% pass rate for 8 years in a row a 60% - 81% rate of matric exemptions with higher grade Maths and Science many subject distinctions (104 As in 2008)
  • 11. SOME COSAT SUCCESSES COSAT is the biggest township feeder school to UCT and we also have many students studying at Stellenbosch University, UWC and CPUT. 2001 2001 2002 2002 Doctor Accountant Economist Computer Programmer
  • 12. What is SERI? SERI IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION THAT NON- SUPPORTS COSAT IN DIFFERENT WAYS: Recruitment (Fun’ulwazi at COSAT, Sivile and Sakumlandela) (Fun’ulwazi GET IT and GET Building (in the form of bursaries awarded to individual students, for enrichment, pastoral support and academic support) Specific academic support programmes (e.g. the Maths Initiative) Leadership Programmes (e.g. Leadership-Through-Art) Leadership-Through- Career guidance and work-shadowing (Grades 11 and 12) work- Camps and Excursions (e.g. The Grade 10 Marine Biology Camp) The COSAT and Sivile reading libraries and reading and literacy programmes The COSAT Houses (Tutu, Mandela and Luthuli)
  • 13. SERI’s Get IT and GET Building These programmes ensure the awarding of bursaries to individual COSAT learners, whereby they are supported for the 3-year period that they attend the school. SERI acknowledges with gratitude the generosity of: Murray and Roberts American Institute for African Development (AIAD) (USA) Foxglove Trust (UK) SAAB Grintek (SA)
  • 14. GET IT/ GET Building Each COSAT learner benefits in terms of: A uniform subsidy A transport subsidy, when needed IT/Engineering camp A leadership course A career guidance programme, focusing on IT/Engineering (Grades 11 and 12) An IT/Engineering work shadow programme (Grade 11) Advanced Maths course for the mathematically talented Remedial Maths and IT A domestic support programme to address personal and social problems (Grades 10,11 and 12)
  • 15. Fun’ulwazi: SERI’s Recruitment Programme Practical Science Activities at Saturday School
  • 16. Fun’ulwazi English Lessons (NOT OBE)
  • 17. At COSAT: Science in the Physics lab
  • 18. Information Technology (IT) is a compulsory subject at COSAT.
  • 19. COSAT has mid-term reports. mid- The “Choc Awards” to top achievers are a COSAT institution.
  • 20. COSAT learners celebrate cultural diversity. E.g. Dress-up day 2008 Dress-
  • 21. Uniform (subsidized by SERI)
  • 22. Transport SERI gives monthly transport subsidies to students who travel far or who are in need.
  • 23. The COSAT Saturday Support Programme All COSAT learners attend Saturday classes on thirty Saturdays of the academic year. The focus is on Maths and IT.
  • 24. Reading Development Programme On 31 May 2007, SERI opened a small library in Khayelitsha on the COSAT campus. So far, it carries a stock of more than 4000 books, all carefully chosen to stimulate and amuse teenagers of varying English- English- language ability. It is used by the COSAT students and the Fun'ulwazi Grade 8s and 9s. SERI has recently opened a brand- brand-new library at Sivile.
  • 25. COSAT Feeding Scheme Each day COSAT learners can buy, at a cost of only R1, a nourishing meal – in winter, a cup of soup and four slices of bread; in summer, 2 sandwiches and fruit. This meal enables the COSAT learners to get through the long school day. They can’t be HIGH TECH AND HUNGRY!
  • 26. Domestic Support Programme SERI assists families in dire need -
  • 27. and provides specs where they’re needed.
  • 28. SERI funds camps and excursions . . . e.g. the Grade 10 Marine Biology Course
  • 29. and educational outings . . .
  • 30. IT SPONSORS ROBOTICS AT COSAT AND FUN’ULWAZI E.g. the Lego League Robotics Competition at UCT
  • 31. AND ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN SCIENCE EXPOS e.g. the Science Expo at UCT
  • 32. It sponsors LEADERSHIP-THROUGH- LEADERSHIP-THROUGH-ART - a SUPER-FRIDAY activity for the grade 10s - SUPER-
  • 33. and ‘GYM WIZARDS’, who do fitness training with the learners, as part of Life Orientation. Crab Soccer has become a popular pastime!
  • 34. SERI sponsors LEADERSHIP COURSES for all grades.
  • 35. COSAT has a strong debating team. It participates annually in the UN debate.
  • 36. COSAT OPENS DOORS! 2006 COSAT matriculant, Thembisa Qwabe, leaves her home for the Medical Faculty of the University of Stellenbosch to study to become a doctor.
  • 37. COSAT STUDENTS AT UCT Name Maths Science Overall Symbol Course Institution Year Bebi Siyabulela Sean 57% 66% 71% B B.Sc UCT 2007 Biko Unathi 77% 68% 75% B B.Bus. Science UCT 2007 Dulaze Chuma 75% 69% 75% B B.Com. UCT 2007 Dulaze Luyolo 83% 75% 78% B B.Com. UCT 2007 Jas Khauhelo 60% 54% 68% C B.Sc. Mech. Eng. UCT 2007 Mabuza Nhlanhla 54% 53% 65% C B.Sc Biotech. UCT 2007 Mavela Phakamani 56% 46% 69% C B.Sc Comp. Sc. UCT 2007 Mdleleni Bulelwa 89% 84% 85% A B.Sc Biochemistry UCT 2007 Nofemela Neliswa 57% 61% 70% B B.Sc Biochemistry UCT 2007 Ntshuntshe Siphiwo 77% 72% 80% A B.Bus. Sc. (Fin.) UCT 2007 Skiti Sivuyile 48% 40% 61% C B.Sc Biotech. UCT 2007 Stishi Tembelani 66% 48% 72% B B.Bus Sc UCT 2007
  • 38. Thsona Vuyolwethu 53% 48% 67% C B.Sc Computer Science UCT 2007 Twala Sibusiso Taze 75% 66% 78% B B.Sc Actuarial Science UCT 2007 Mnyazi Sazi 80% 85% 88% A B.Sc Electromechanical Eng. UCT 2006 Mabentsela Arthur 80% 85% 87% A B.Sc Chemical Engineering UCT 2006 Mangqobe Nyameka 85% 85% 87% A Medicine (M.B Ch.B) UCT 2006 Metuso Makabongwe 80% 83% 87% A Chemical Engineering UCT 2006 Ncangayi Sibusiso 84% 75% 87% A Medicine (M.B Ch.B) UCT 2006 Mkoko Nyameko 68% 62% 77% B B.Sc (Electrical Eng) UCT 2006 Juqu Nandipha 59% 44% 66% C B. Com (Accounting) UCT 2006 Dludla Neliswa 60% 64% 61% C B. Com (Accounting) UCT 2006 B.Bus Science (Acc) Simphiwe Mfati 82% 91% 92% A UCT 2005 B.Bus Science (Acc) Zodwa Nange 71% 85% 91% A UCT 2005 B.Bus Science (Acc) Nolubabalo Tshayana 83% 80% 85% A UCT 2005 B.Bus Science (Acc) Luyolo Lupondo 75% 72% 81% A UCT 2005 Physiotherapy Amanda Madolo 40% 48% 61% C UCT 2005 Asanda Balintulo 93% 99% 92% A B.Sc (Electrical Engineering) UCT 2004 Yongama Sobambela 88% 87% 91% A B.Sc (Computer Science) UCT 2004 Mcebisi Penza 83% 80% 87% A B.Sc (Electrical Engineering) UCT 2004
  • 39. Loyiso Bikitsha 85% 80% 83% A B.Sc (Computer Science) UCT 2004 Simlingene Sotyingwa 80% 80% 82% A B.Sc (Computer Science) UCT 2004 Siyamkela Makoma 82% 84% 82% A B.Bus Sc (Actuarial Science) UCT 2004 Xolani Mgcoyi 84% 80% 81% A B.Sc (Computer Science) UCT 2004 Chumani Thomas 75% 83% 81% A B.Sc (Mech. Engineering) UCT 2004 Sithelwa Breakfast 80% 82% 80% A B.Com (Accounting) UCT 2004 Lindiswa Mpako 80% 76% 79% B B.Sc (Computer Science) UCT 2004 Thulani Tafeni 72% 73% 78% B B.Sc (Computer Science) UCT 2004 Nozonke Dumani 74% 68% 71% B B.Sc (Chemical Eng) UCT 2004 Mseki Ntsiko 63% 67% 71% B B.Sc (Computer Science) UCT 2004 Siseko Sodlaka 73% 70% 71% B B.Sc (Computer Science) UCT 2004 Mandiphiwe Cwili 80% 52% 64% C B.Bus Science (ECP) UCT 2004 Thembelani Nyikana 93% 86% 86% A BSc (Mech. Engineering) UCT 2003 Neliswa Tshazi 65% 73% 78% B Medicine UCT 2003 Andiswa Zothe 75% 68% 77% B BSc (Chemistry) UCT 2003 Khayalethu Hlanjwa 73% 75% 77% B BSc (Electrical Engineering) UCT 2003 Mfundo Mlangeni 64% 60% 75% B BSc (Botany) UCT 2003 Sithembele Dyan 76% 64% 69% C BSc (Mech. Engineering) UCT 2003 Mandisi Shumana 53% 52% 68% C BSc (Computer Science) UCT 2003 Mohale Makeke 70% 71% 70% B BSc (Mech. Engineering) UCT 2003 Mzukisi Poponi 55% 41% 61% C BSc (BioChemistry) UCT 2003
  • 40. Monde Faku 90% 87% 79% B B.Bus Sc (Actuarial Science) UCT 2002 B.Bus Science (Acc) Noluthando Mashologu 66% 67% 77% B UCT 2002 Lwazi Mathe 80% 80% 78% B B.Sc (Computer Science) UCT 2002 Ziyanda Gwangqa 71% 64% 73% B B.Sc (Electrical Eng UCT 2002 Anele Radana 59% 58% 67% C B.Sc (Electrical Eng) UCT 2002 Zizo Sotyatya 59% 49% 66% C B.Sc UCT 2002 Zwlethu Mase 65% 60% 65% C B.Sc (Electrical Eng) UCT 2002 Juqu Mongezi 69% 60% 65% C BSc (Mech Eng) ASPECT UCT 2002 Nolisindiso Ncithakalo 46% 45% 61% C B.Sc( Environmental Science) UCT 2002 Nikiwe Tafeni 46% 43% 58% C BSc (Construction Managemt) UCT 2002 Lungisa Tshemese 65% 72% 70% B B.Comm (Accounting) UCT 2001 Mfundo Sijeku 59% 61% 64% C B.Sc (Electrical Eng) UCT 2001 Ayanda Bani 61% 57% 63% C B.Sc (Electrical Eng) UCT 2001