De Beers Impact Report - December 2020
WESSA Schools Programme
Our goal to support and strengthen quality education through Maths and Science hands-on activities , have inspired and engaged teachers to venture their teaching outside of textbooks and thereby transforming school environments positively. Learners showed great interest and enthusiasm, participating excitedly during interventions, developing a positive mindset towards STEM subjects. Throughout the project, interventions were conducted with Grade 6 and 7 learners at 10 schools and 4000 learners were reached directly . According to the learner record sheets submitted by teachers, the percentage of learners passing Maths and Science assessments on interventions facilitated by the Programme, has increased from 80% in 2017/18 to 93% in 2018/19.
The following activities were completed in line with the Eco-schools 7 step framework:
Planned and implemented action- learning projects related to findings of audit linked to the Eco-schools 11 themes. In planning the projects schools looked at opportunities to inform and involve
Linked projects to the CAPS curriculum in Maths and Science subjects and used the scientific method to implement projects. The projects further integrated learning into Technology, Social Sciences and Life Skills subjects.
Monitored and evaluated action
Conducting baseline audits to determine the state of environmental management at the school before projects are implemented.
projects for annual assessment through portfolios of evidence in order for the schools to advance to the next award level.
other individuals either from the schools or the community.
The Eco-School themes are:
COMMUNITY and HERITAGE
BIODIVERSITY and NATURE
HEALTH and WELLBEING
COASTS and OCEANS
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