School Adoption Programme
This model addresses leadership and communication, strategic planning, governance, quality of teaching, educator development, parent involvement, knowledge and implementation of curriculum, school safety, security and discipline.
Over the period of the agreement with the school, the Unabridged School Development model looks at incrementally addressing issues such as:
The Foundation sponsors wellness programs in its adopted schools. The pupils from the adopted schools may also benefit from counselling by professional wellness counselors whenever necessary.
Where necessary, the Foundation commissions the increase of classrooms sizes or the building of additional classrooms to address the issue of overcrowded classrooms. The Foundation also provides, when needed, chairs, desks, boards, computer laboratories, wash (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) facilities that will create environments that are conducive for effective learning.
At HM Pitje, we believe in the fact that special learning support should be given to pupils who face difficulties at school. Through partnerships with private schools as well as the private-sector, we will facilitate student access to effective services and special assistance as needed. These include but not limited to: After school programs in Mathematics, Science and English. The teachers assess and identify learners who need targeted or individual interventions. The pupils may also benefit from intensified support in case special support is not enough to fill the gaps in their knowledge.
For schools in disadvantaged areas, it is common to see 5 or 6 children share a book. The Foundation aims to tackle this issue by providing books and supplementary reading materials to its adopted schools. The Foundation aims to open up a rich world of information to them and help develop the habit of reading which is key for the improvement of academic performance.
4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution) training
In line with the Department of Education’s efforts to promote technology-based teaching, the Foundation endeavors to provide teachers with 4IR training. The Foundation also provides the schools with ICT resources such as laptops, computers, internet connectivity and e-learning materials to improve the engagement and knowledge retention of the pupils.
The high cost of textbooks makes it difficult for schools in disadvantaged areas to provide the necessary study materials to their pupils. To address this issue, the Foundation will sponsor libraries in its adopted schools. As a way to lower students’ disengagement, the Foundation will also provide its adopted schools with e-libraries and teachers with audio-visual educational materials such as e-books, educational films and digital teaching aid tools.