School Support Department:
The School Support Department is focused on providing academic support to both Primary and High school learners to bridge the gap in their schooling. Within the School Support Department, we have the following programmes:
1. Junior Holiday School Programme
• Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3)
• Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 to Grade 7)
The Junior Holiday school programme focuses on bridging the gap in the following areas within each phase:
Foundation Phase- Literacy , Numeracy and Life Skills
Intermediate Phase- English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Computer literacy.
Focussing on the primary grades builds a solid foundation for the senior phase of schooling. Numeracy (Mathematics skills), Literacy and English language skills enable youth in senior phase schooling to have a better understanding of the curriculum because of the investment made in the junior phase.
In addition to the academic support, the children are also provided nutritious meals, various stationery and course materials and are transported from the township areas to hosting schools (Private or ex model C schools) that we partner with to provide additional academic support. We currently have 940 children participating in the Junior Holiday school programme.
2. Saturday and Holiday school programme
• Senior Phase (Grade 8 to Grade 12)
The Saturday and Holiday school Programme is a comprehensive programme focused on building Mathematics, Biology, Science and English. Again, we transport these learners to hosting schools that assist with additional academic support. We also provide them with nutritious meals, stationery and holistic support in order to develop the individual child.
3. Teacher Development Programme
The Teacher Development Programme is focussed only in the foundation phase of school as this remains the most important phase of development for children and learning in this phase is the building block for future academic success. The teacher development programme is currently managed both in Gauteng Province as well as Mpumalanga Province and focusses on working with Grade R educators from township schools that our learners come from. The programme focusses on:
• Providing Township teachers with practical skills on how to work with large numbers of children and how to practically implement the curriculum in their own classrooms.
• Participation is workshops 5 times a year for in-depth teacher training. They receive work plans and resources which they are able to utilise in their own schools so that on-going support of our beneficiaries continue as well as support is provided for children not in the programme.
• We work with the Ikage Primary School, Thusanang Primary,Bonamelo Primary, Tlamatlama Primary School, Carter primary and Endulweni Primary School
• There are 30 teachers currently participating in the programme.
4. Computer Literacy Programme
The focus of the Computer Literacy Programme (CLP) is to instil basic computer literacy skills in the learners and allow them to become comfortable with technology while engaging their minds and attention through educational games.
The educational games are focussed on Reading, Spelling and Maths (literacy and numeracy skills) and the software allows the Tomorrow Trust to monitor and track the progress of each individual learner.
The Computer Literacy Programme was launched at the June/July Holiday Schools Programme (HSP) in 2013 and has touched 440 learners to date. In an effort to increase the frequency with which a large proportion of Tomorrow Trust learners are exposed to the Computer Literacy Programme, an arrangement was made with one of the Tomorrow Trust’s largest feeder underprivileged disadvantaged schools in Alexandra Township. This has seen the Tomorrow Trust Computer Literacy Programme running on a weekly basis at the feeder school for the duration of the third term.
The results coming out of the programme have shown that at the Tomorrow Trust learners are outperforming their peers. An unexpected benefit of the Computer Literacy Programme is that it can be used to identify focus areas for the various groups of learners.
POST SECONDARY PROGRAMME
The Post-Secondary programme is geared towards supporting and assisting students in accessing and completing a post-secondary qualification that will allow them to enter the South African job market as skilled and reliable individuals.
We are committed to providing support for children/youth to complete and pass their exams and develop as competent, proactive individuals. We are committed to supporting any career that will enable youth to become self-sustainable. The support provided is holistic -covering both formal and informal education. Paths of study include IT, Engineering, Hotel management and Culinary, Education, Medicine, Accountancy, Law and many others.
ACADEMIC AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE TOMORROW TRUST
The differentiator of Tomorrow Trust is the commitment and dedication we place on creating sustainable, empowered, well-balanced individuals because of their vulnerability. In order to achieve this, a holistic approach is necessary and our successful track record is evidence of this. Students are sent to the most credible institutions focused on the area of study. This allows for secured employment once graduated created by Tomorrow Trust. We now have 137 Alumni within 8 years all working and supporting themselves and their families. The majority of our students go on to do their Honours as well as Tomorrow Trust has 3 students completing their Masters in different areas of studies.
The Post-secondary Department works on two levels; namely the academic support and psychosocial support. These systems work in an intertwined and interchangeable manner, thus enabling an interactive and holistic approach to assisting our beneficiaries. This is done as follows:
A. Academic Support – Constant through the year
The academic support system is aimed at ensuring our students get all the academic assistance they require to get through their selected courses. To achieve this, several systems are put in place to ensure our students are assisted and encouraged. These systems include providing students with textbooks and/or equipment, academic Support Phone calls and meetings, liaising with institutions where our students are based, and tutoring.
Academic Support Phone calls and meetings
Liaising with institutions where our students are based
B. Psychosocial Support
This Psychosocial support is provided by our registered Psychologist and a group of qualified individuals giving specific support and guidance.
This psychosocial support is provided by our registered psychologist, and takes the form of:
o The holistic workshops take place throughout the year, and are geared towards assisting the Tomorrow Trust students to develop into whole and balanced individuals. Every year an overarching theme is chosen, and all the workshops held and fun outings (such as team building fun days, trips to the ballet, idols etc.), speak to the theme set for a specific year.
Psychosocial Support Phone Calls
Visits to the students
BREAKDOWN OF TOMORROW TRUST POST SECONDARY STUDENTS:
In the Post-Secondary department, at the end of January 2014, there are 146 students. This number incorporates students enrolled in both universities and colleges around the country.
Figure 1 – Total number of students in 2014
Tomorrow Trust supports students not only residing and studying in the Gauteng area (including Pretoria and North West), but also those in the Western and Eastern Cape.
Figure 2- Total students studying at specific institutions in 2014 compared to 2013
The Alumni programme strengthens the Tomorrow Trust’s ambitious goal of creating a platform for graduates/alumni to participate at board level in determining the current and future work of the Trust. To this end, we currently have two alumni who have been elected to the Board of Trustees. The Alumni programme is an important motivational and inspirational platform that enables our beneficiaries to make a valuable contribution to the organisational objectives which is education of orphans and vulnerable children.
These activities serve a dual purpose: To encourage and foster a spirit of giving back within our students so that they continue to contribute to the wellbeing of children in similar circumstances to them and encourage peer support and motivation by like-minded young people who are able to share and understand circumstances because they come from similar situations.
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The possible impact of this programme and the far-reaching effects are large. Many of the students provided with this opportunity are students who have great potential, but are unable to access funds in order to further their studies. Instead of remaining where they are and ultimately making use of government grants, they are able to become part of the solution. These are individuals who will be able to gain a tertiary education that will allow not only them to become self-sustainable, but allow them to return to their communities, and become productive members of society. In this way, the effect on the individuals, their families and their communities is substantial.
The Tomorrow Trust has created a holistic programmatic structure that is unique. It aims to work on multiple levels, creating a sustainable exit strategy that enables orphans and vulnerable youth to uplift and empower themselves through education. The Tomorrow Trust offers a “hand-up, not a hand-out” and our approach has enabled the Tomorrow Trust to successfully assist over 137 youth obtain their degrees and to find employment in several major companies and corporations since 2005. We invest in their education TODAY so that they have a SECURE tomorrow.