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SU collaborates with partners to provide relief in time of need collaborates with partners to provide relief in time of need
Living School Garden breaking new ground School Garden breaking new ground
‘I can read’ project empowers learners AND students‘I can read’ project empowers learners AND students
Entrepreneurship project gives young people new hope project gives young people new hope
Financial Literacy Project aims to inform and empower Literacy Project aims to inform and empower



The Amanzi Yimpilo project Amanzi Yimpilo project




SU facilitates creation of Lückhoff Living Museum facilitates creation of Lückhoff Living Museum2019-10-26T10:00:00Z
MGD Annual General Meeting Annual General Meeting 2019-09-26T16:30:00Z
2019 Social Impact Symposium Social Impact Symposium2019-09-06T06:30:00Z



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Latest InitiativesView all Initiatives​​​​ impact of a Public Private Partnership on primary school learners' schoolingThis initiative is aimed at understanding the impact that a Public-Private Partnership has on the SU partners and the education of learners from marginalised backgroundsThe context for this initiative is a West Coast town struggling with huge inequalities between rich and poor, high unemployment, high truancy, crime, and substance abuse rates among youth. A public-private partnership called the Paternoster Project NPC, consisting of the university, business, NGO  and community partners has recently been established to try and arrest this situation. Three years into the project, it could be interesting to note what sort of successes it achieved in terms of collaboration between SU and other partners, experiences of volunteers and eventually, learners' education. Like any other project, the challenges encountered in a project such as this can also be illuminated. This initiative is thus an attempt to gain some understanding of how stakeholders interact and how selected learners participating in this project experience the after-school assistance provided to them in terms of literacy. This initiative will be driven by  specific questions which are:1. What is the nature and extent of the Paternoster Project NPC?2. How does it operate in the Paternoster community?3. What is the effect of such a partnership on the participation of SU stakeholders and, more importantly, (grade 7 learners') education?1229 of ICT by smallholder sheep farmers towards organic/Karoo lamb certification in the Western CapeThis initiative involves the testing of a recordkeeping application designed to assist farmers in recording their management and breeding practices. The perceptions of farmers to adopt the use of ICT technology will be studied. ​​1254 Exploring South African Biodiversity and Change Outreach ProjectIimbovane is a curriculum-based education initiative focused towards Grade 10 life science learners at 18 schools across the Western Cape Province. Iimbovane aims to educate and raise public awareness levels on the importance of biodiversity and the problem of biodiversity loss by involving educators and learners in the sampling of  ant diversity in their schoolyards. The hands-on nature of the project learners enables the learners to turn the abstract theory of biodiversity and how it changes over time into a well understood reality.​1247 in Educational Psychology Practicum​​​This practicum module is the second year of the Masters in Educational Psychology.  During this year, students work under close supervision of staff members who are trained educational psychologist to develop their micro-counselling, psychommetry and psycho-education skills.  The clients are drawn from urban and rural school going young people who come to the centre for individual assessment for the identification of specific learning barriers; subject choices and career counselling; parental and school guidance; and psycho-education and brief therapeutic interventions.  In addition the students do a two week rotation on the Phelophepha Health train.  We also contribute to the broadening of access to the university through our involvement with the SCHIMATHUS programme.  We also have strategic partnerships with the Western Cape Department of Education and various NGO sector entities.1200 ME IN​This initiative is aimed at improving the Foundation Phase learner’s numeracy skills. Through the envisaged programme, pre-service teachers (student teachers) will provide recreational maths activities to support the development of number concept and problem solving skills. In an attempt to address the Maths crisis, this service-learning project will focus on supporting pre-service students to create Maths Clubs in after care facilities and schools in the Greater Stellenbosch and Franschoek Community.​1206 Learning (Art Education)Students are required to work at an educational institution or NGO/NPO as an assistant educator for three weeks. A portfolio of evidence is required confirming participation or involvement to fulfill the requirements for this component. From this experience, a learning problem related to critical citizenship needs to be identified, and developed into a research question.1269

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