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Thursday, 09 May 2019

Creating futures in Health Sciences

HELPING HAND: Dr Kareemah Gamieldien (centre) with the students from the EMS Department at Wynberg High School. HELPING HAND: Dr Kareemah Gamieldien (centre) with the students from the EMS Department at Wynberg High School.

Three departments in the Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences have joined forces in a bid to help matric learners improve their Life Sciences marks and eventually qualify for tertiary studies.

The Emergency Medical Sciences (EMS), Biomedical Sciences and Wellness Sciences departments have taken Wynberg High School and Lavender Hill High School under their wing by providing Life Sciences revision classes for matrics. The project, which was initiated by the EMS Department’s Dr Kareemah Gamieldien, started with Wynberg High School, her alma mater, last year.

Following this successful pilot, the project was extended and Gamieldien said five revision sessions would be presented during 2019.

The CPUT students selected topics to tutor from a list provided by the schools’ Life Sciences teachers.

In addition, the third-year Bachelor of Emergency Care students and the department’s Basic Sciences staff, facilitated the various revision classes.

“I’m so grateful to all three departments and for the support from the Centre for Community Engagement and Work Integrated Learning, Service-Learning Division and the Marketing and Communication Department. Our students are showing these matric pupils the future they never knew they had,” said Gamieldien.

Gamieldien said the students and staff members didn’t allow a language barrier to get in their way.

“A significant number of the students do Lewenswetenskappe so we had to translate all our revision sheets and memorandums into Afrikaans.”

The Wellness Sciences Department’s Michael Paulse said the department was grateful for the opportunity to be part of the project.

“Education is the route to empowerment and if we can help in one small way then we have to.”

Associate Professor Glenda Davison, Head of the Biomedical Sciences Department, concurred.

“I’m very positive about SA and I see our future leaders here and as CPUT we have to help to produce wonderful leaders. “

Lavender Hill High Matric Life Sciences teacher Monia Lewis said the school felt blessed to have been selected as one of the project schools.

Gamieldien says the project is making a difference.

“Redressing the inequalities still visible within our education system is the potential Higher Education Institutions have which can be driven through Community Engagement,” she said.

Written by Ilse Fredericks


Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.