At the pilot site in the Eastern Cape, Axium Education
will provide services to a network of five to ten local schools using three
1. DEVELOPING TEACHERS
South Africa still experiences the legacy of the
Apartheid era's racially divided education system: teachers in disadvantaged
areas tend to be less qualified (if at all) than their counterparts in formerly
White-only schools; the historical lack of opportunity has resulted in low
levels of motivation among teachers; and, in critical subjects such as
mathematics and science, appropriately qualified teachers with a thorough
grounding in subject knowledge are rare.
Axium aims to improve the quality of instruction in
local schools by upgrading the subject knowledge of teachers, improving
instructional practice and increasing motivation. We are currently developing a
partnership with the University of Cape Town's Schools Development Unit, who
have over 20 years of experience in instructional improvement efforts and will
help to guide our thinking about teacher development. Aspects of our approach
teacher certification centers to enable under/unqualified teachers to obtain
||Creation of learning
teams and networks between teachers to encourage quality practice through
observation and critical feedback.
||We are also exploring
a partnership with the School of Education at the University of Cape Town to
offer a unique practicum opportunity for student teachers in a rural setting.
Not only will fresh faces stimulate good teaching in local schools, but the
student-teachers themselves would go away from the experience with a unique
insight into the issues in rural schools.
workshops and seminars in the critical areas of math, science and English.
Approximately 30% of our time and resources will be
allocated to this aspect of our strategy, including 1 full-time staff member
and the use of our four member expert teaching team.