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Warwick in Africa has significantly increased its impact this year, having now reached over 90,000 learners and doubling the number of teachers taught as part of the master classes, and of course our partners play a vital role in helping us deliver the programme and increasing our impact. These partnerships go far beyond the benefits of local knowledge and logistical support. They have also led to increased development routes for young African learners as well as a number of other benefits to the local universities themselves. Here is what our partners have to say about us...

Corin Matthews

Corin Mathews has been involved in Warwick in Africa right from the first year. His relationships with schools in the townships in Soweto and Alexandra and his role as a mentor for the Warwick students each time they visit has been central to the success of Warwick in Africa in Johannesburg.

Warwick in Africa is changing learners’ and teachers’ lives and I think it has changed my life as well. This is a fantastic programme which is making a real difference and changing perceptions. The Warwick students, because they have youth and a way of perceiving the world and life, interact very well on a one to one basis. They cross the race and social divides. They interact with them as people.

 
 

Rolene Liebenberg was a key player in Warwick in Africa’s successful launch in Kayamandi township near Cape Town in 2011. When asked why Rolene had selected the particular school for the pilot she said:

Schools like Makapula don’t get much extra support so I could see that the Warwick in Africa model would work particularly well for them. It was clear that the students understood that they were expected to make a difference. It wasn’t a holiday. They would offer much needed teaching support in a context which rarely benefited from additional help. Equally they’d have the opportunity to develop themselves through the experience. For those learners to meet people from a different context was deeply enriching.

She also organised for the Warwick team to work with primary school teachers to expand their knowledge of IT and Smartboards.

They were the catalyst for a number of schools which don’t normally interact to start a dialogue to support each other in IT. Already there’s a new dynamic between them and we can build on that locally. The Warwick students have so much subject knowledge, they can really support the local teachers.

 
 

As with all new pilots for Warwick in Africa, it was important to find someone locally with the passion, skills and connections to help. Professor Sankaran, a physicist at the University of Venda, Limpopo, who runs the Vuwami Science Resource Centre, a facility which gives additional science support to over 40 local schools, seemed just the right person.

The idea for the Limpopo pilot came from Ghaleeb Jeppie, Director of International Relations in the South African Ministry of Education. Ghaleeb arranged for the Warwick team to visit Limpopo at the start of 2010 to explore the possibility. The obvious need of the local schools and teachers and a very warm welcome from Venda University's charismatic Vice Chancellor Peter Mbati was a promising start. The offer of significant logistical support from Cornelius Hagenmeier combined with Professor Sankaran's zeal for the idea then provided what was needed to plan in earnest.

According to Professor Sankaran

The students adapted very quickly to the rural setting. With good subject knowledge and new methods of teaching, the learners found the lessons very enjoyable. Whilst the students were here, it was National Science Week in which I’m heavily involved. We went to a remote part of northern Limpopo to a meeting of over 200 learners from different schools. Their different methodology engages the learners. Next year, we will be able to build on our progress.

 

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Dar es Salaam University
Ghana University
National University of Singapore
Stellenbosch University
Teach First
Venda University
Wits University