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Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Teen Dream project kicks off

HELP AT HAND: 200 CPUT will tutor learners at high schools in the Southern District of Cape Town HELP AT HAND: 200 CPUT will tutor learners at high schools in the Southern District of Cape Town

Piercing forward with the university’s motto to create futures, the Department of Management and Project Management will deploy 200 students to 20 high schools in the Southern District of Cape Town.

This Service Learning Project, which the department will execute in collaboration with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), is a pilot based on the success of a project run last year by students at the Lentegeur High School in Mitchells Plain.

The pilot project, which will see CPUT students tutor learners,  was launched on the Cape Town Campus recently, and this year’s theme is "Give a teen a dream."

Angela Buys, head of the Management and Project Management Department, says the project complements the WCED’s ‘Learners at risk’ project.

“We are very excited about the project,” she says.

WCED's Metro South District Director, Glen van Harte, says peer learning is one of the most effective methods of learning as the age difference between the students and the learners is marginal, and therefore they speak the same language and share similar life experiences.

“We rely heavily on your support,” Van Harte pleaded with the students.

Lecturer Irshaad Desai says 20 groups of students will be assigned to different schools and that students from universities in Germany and China will also participate in the project.

Anele Gebenga, one of the students who initiated the project at the Lentegeur High School, says the school’s pass rate improved from 64% to 84% after their intervention.

*WCED will provide meals for everyone participating in the project as well as logistical support.


Written by Kwanele Butana


Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.