Donné NicolExecutive Director, Shanduka Foundation TRIALOGUE Making CSI Matter Conference Tuesday 22 May 2012 Long Term Impact in School-Based Education
Background to the Adopt-a-School Foundation AAS Foundation is a project of the Shanduka Foundation. Established in 2002, registered Section 21 company with PBO status and an independent board. Works with communities, best practice NGOs, provincial and national government and the private sector. Invested over R65 million in education. Adopted over 138 schools and assisted over 400 000 learners. Created over 3000 temporary jobs and benefitted over 200 SMEs in school communities. Model: Whole School Development which includes focused academic improvement, infrastructural development and social and skills development in schools.
Background to the Adopt-a-School Foundation Thirty schools have been renovated and three entirely new schools have been built. Over 225 facilities have been built. Over 320 stakeholders and educators have been trained in different fields including counselling, leadership and governance, computer skills, science, maths and accounting, library skills, language and literacy skills. Principals trained in the Executive Leadership Programme at Wits University. Close to 600 visually impaired primary school learners have received eye test screenings and spectacles. Vision To support the creation and enhancement of an environment conducive to learning and teaching in state-funded schools Mission To mobilize the private sector and individuals to support schools and education
Bodibe Schools Case Study Co-ordinating Partnerships Adopt-a-School Steering Facilitated a relationship with all committee stakeholdersAdopter – Lafarge Various NGO service providers DOEEducation Trust Operational committee Bodibe Schools and Community
Challenges A divided community Lack of distinct leadership Community divided Conflict of power Lack of trust Lack of communication Lack of planning High unemployment rate Mistrust of motives
Key StakeholdersStrong and committed partnerships are key to this project Adopt-a-School Foundation Shanduka Foundation Lafarge Education Trust Lafarge South Africa Bodibe Community The Royal Family 11 Schools in Bodibe (learners, parents, educators, SGBs and SMTs) Provincial Department of Education: North West District Authorities
Interventions 11 Bodibe Schools Adopt-a-School Lafarge Education Trust DoE Provincial5405 learners and 185 educators benefitted Learner Development School Community Development • Dental Care Programme for over 840• 60 members of school community trained on Foundation Phase learners computer skills • Grade 1 and 2 learners benefitted from• 11 principals and 1 circuit manager trained on Language and Literacy programmes Executive Leadership at Wits School of and resources Education • 8 primary schools benefitted from eye-• 32 Educators trained in Language and Literacy sight testing clinics and 450 learners• All schools trained on setting up received spectacles environmental clubs • HIV/Aids Awareness and Life Skills Infrastructure •16 classrooms •3 ablution blocks •600 temporary jobs created •4 libraries built and equipped with books for local people •4 computer centres built and equipped •10 local SMMEs empowered •2 computer centres upgraded and revamped and benefited from the •6 schools renovated •1 science lab built and equipped project •1 administration block built •1 borehole and play plump installed
Interventions11 Bodibe Schools Adopt-a-School Lafarge Education Trust DoE Provincial Sports• Effective soccer league (22 teams for boys and girls)• Provision of soccer kits and awards on an annual basis• Expansion of sport codes with Netball• 23 soccer coaches received level 1 coach training Other• Motivational Talks, Career Guidance• Donations: library books, indoor games, indigenous trees• Lafarge Community awards which awarded 63 people (learners, educators and community members and 4 schools)
Interventions – Current and Upcoming11 Bodibe Schools Adopt-a-School Lafarge Education Trust DoE Provincial Infrastructure:• Grade R Facility• Science Labs in three schools• Library• Administration Block Social and Skills Development:• Language and Literacy Programme for Grade 3 learners in all primary schools• Strategic Planning for all schools• Library training, coaching and mentoring in four schools• Science and Maths Educator Training and classroom based support for Bodibe High School• Remedial Training of learners in two schools
Mobilizing other Stakeholders Collaboration has provided opportunities for further interventions• Old Mutual: Contributed R50 000 for the visual support programme• Dreamfields: School Soccer League• Colgate: Dental Hygiene Project in 2011• Avusa Partnership: Potential training on newspapers as a teaching and learning tool• Biblionef: Donation of books• Infinite Family: Mentorship and Coaching Programme for learners• Bridge: Coaching and mentorship for principals• Lafarge Community Trust: Annual Community Awards Programme• Department of Health: Healthcare support
Impacts – Transforming Bodibe • Improved infrastructure • Environmental awareness • Cleanliness • Security • Improvement in attitude towards education • Passionate leadership • Punctuality and improved attendance and general discipline • Participation in extra mural and sport activities • Motivated teachers • Boosted self esteem of learners • Improved academic matric results (38% in 2008 to 96% in 2011) • Bodibe has become one of the top performing districts in the province Bodibe Schools: Empowered for own interventions • SGB has renovated a block of classrooms at one school • Parents volunteer in vegetable gardens in all 11 schools • Afternoon and holiday classes for grade 11 and 12s • Improved SMT tools and systems for teaching and learning • Soccer committee to support sport • SGB Forum to voice concerns and interests • Improved school surroundings • Peer to Peer Coaching
In Conclusion…• Strategic Alignment to Lafarge’s corporate interests: improving their reputation in the community and effectively implementing their CSI initiatives.• Collaboration and partnerships have been key to the success and sustainability of this project.• Effective communication between stakeholders is critical in dealing with challenges in the community.• Our ongoing learnings and experiences have enabled us to collaborate with another organisation in a new venture which will greatly increase our impact.
Principal graduations – WITS School of Management Eyesight TestingSchool based science training at Tau Rapulana Language and Literacy programme - The Molteno Institute