We are currently launching the TtT project with placements in two areas within the uMkhanyakude District Municipality; Ubombo and Kosi Bay. Placement location will be dependent on the schools we are supporting at the time.
This uMkhanyakude District Municipality has been chosen because of it’s commitment to the Millennium Development Goals. In their current IDP for 2015, they have addressed two of the goals and set their own targets that relate to them;
MDG Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education.
District Target 3: Ensure that by 2015, children everywhere, boys & girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.
MDG Goal 3: Promote gender equality & Empower Women.
District Target 4: Eliminate gender disparity in Primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005 and in all levels of education by no later than 2015.
Across the District there has been a recent increase in access to education with some areas having 72% of their population accessing to schools. Although there are no significant differences in education levels of the male and female population in this municipality, their statistics show high levels of adult illiteracy in the district;
- More than 27% of the adult female population and 22% of the male population who have not received any form of schooling. These figures are significantly higher than the comparative provincial figures of 13% and 8% respectively.
- The proportion of the adult population in the district with tertiary education is less than half the comparative figure for the province (approximately 2.5% of the adult population compared to provincial figure of 5%) which rate amongst the lowest of the districts in the province.
Not only do Teachers taking part in the TtT project have an impact on the standards of teaching but this impact will also make a different to the next adult generation’s level of employment. Having been taught at a higher standard with teachers using more up to date strategies and methods, children will leave school with a higher literacy skills, making them not only more employable but also more able to compete with their international peers in the education and business worlds.