High School Project
Learner Support Centre
We have also created a work experience place at the Learner Support Centre (LSC). Here, dedicated former students can acquire some work experience. We have noticed that schools like to give former students such an opportunity and that the former student gets great satisfaction from being able to obtain experience in a familiar environment. In Cape Town this has already proven successful, as our colleague has been able to obtain a better job through her workexperience at the LSC.
Our local coordinator launched a nature education programme in 2015, in association with staff of Lebeko High School. It is extremely important for youngsters who live near Kruger Park to have knowledge of the nature surrounding them. They benefit from this knowledge because the surrounding generates a lot of employment as a result of nature preservation and tourism, but also because they can use this knowledge to appreciate and respect nature. Nature at Kruger Park is vulnerable and it is important for young people to realize that, even if they do not want a career as a ranger.
With school materials we tend to think of books, pens and notebooks, but we go beyond that. The Learner Support Centre is a good example of school materials one does not immediately think of. Apart from books, computers and calculators, you also find tables, chairs, bookcases and other furniture, so that youngsters can focus on their school achievements in a safe place, as comfortably as possible.
We would like to provide access to further education for a number of promising high school students by means of setting up and managing a scholarship fund of our own. There is much to be done in advance before we decide together with our local coordinator and the high school to offer a specific talented graduation student a scholarship grant. The student has already been monitored and coached for a couple of years and our Learner Support Centre is an important education tool in the follow-up system and selection process. In the past few years we have been able to offer such a scholarship to a number of strong graduation students, and successfully so. Meanwhile the first student is almost graduating from university and there are other former students from our partner schools who are also being helped in this way to become successful.