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IDC invests R20-million in 20 adopted schools

The official hand-over of a fully resourced physical science laboratory to the Moses Maren Mission Technical Secondary SchoolThe official hand-over of a fully resourced physical science laboratory to the Moses Maren Mission Technical Secondary SchoolThe Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has invested almost R20-million in education infrastructure, social and skills projects at 20 schools from rural and underdeveloped urban areas in the course of the last year - with a further R80-million set to follow over the next four years.

On Thursday, 2 October, the corporation officially handed over a fully resourced physical science laboratory to Moses Maren Mission Technical Secondary School in Eikenhof, south of Johannesburg.

The school is one of 20 that were adopted by the IDC in 2012 for a five year period to implement a Whole School Development Programme, in partnership with the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which is a holistic approach to addressing challenges in under-resourced schools.

Addressing the school's learners, teachers, the principal and governing body at the handover of the R1.1-million facility, IDC Divisional Executive Josephine Gaveni said that the IDC's investment in its 20 adopted schools, over the five-year span of its partnership with the Foundation, would total about R100-million.

'You can't just build a laboratory and disappear'

Applying the Whole School Development model, Gaveni said, meant not just building a world-class laboratory at Moses Maren Secondary, but instituting a range of initiatives to ensure that learners, teachers and the wider community become participants in the holistic growth of the school.

Over the past year, a strategic planning, leadership and governance programme has enabled the school to revise its policies and management style; teachers have been trained and learners supported in mathematics and science; and career guidance programmes and motivational talks have become a regular feature of the school calendar.

A sharp improvement in the school's matric results at the end of 2013, particularly in science and mathematics, were the first fruits of this endeavour, Gaveni said, "giving us hope that this partnership will deliver the talent and the brains that we need to grow our economy".

The child in Eikenhof, the child in Sandton

The learners have been challenged to take full ownership of their new labThe learners have been challenged to take full ownership of their new labGauteng Education District Director MC Makhubela, delivering the keynote address at the handover, said that the IDC and the Adopt-a-School Foundation, through their work at Moses Maren secondary, had given substance to the belief that "there is no reason why a child in Eikenhof should not perform at the same level as a child in Sandton".

Makhubela challenged the learners, teachers and governing body to take full ownership of their new laboratory, to take care and make full use of it, as well as incorporate it into the life of their community.

"You now no longer have an excuse for not becoming a doctor, for not becoming an engineer," she told the learners. "The ball is in your court."

Moses Maren Mission Technical Secondary is a Quintile 1 no-fee paying school which is categorised as the poorest among the five quintiles. As a technical secondary school, its focus is on mathematics, science and technical subjects such as welding and carpentry. Its 2014 enrolment stands at 1 086 pupils, including 74 Grade 12 learners.

The IDC's plans for the school in 2014-15 include the construction of six additional classrooms and a capacity development for teachers and support programme for learners in mathematics.

Projects completed at IDC-adopted schools in 2013/14

In the course of 2013-14, the IDC successfully completed a range of infrastructure projects at each of its adopted schools as well as curriculum support, governance and leadership development programmes as well as social support.  This represented a combined investment of R19.4-million and included the building of brand new science laboratories at four schools and the complete refurbishment of rundown laboratories at a further six schools.

Several other schools benefited from the construction and renovation of classrooms, administration blocks and ablution facilities, as well as from mathematics and science educator training programmes. 

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