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Talent Development Programme: First 2-year cycle completed
Author: Mrs Celeste Links
Published: 16/10/2019

​The spring edition of the Talent Development Programme was hosted during the September school holidays.  The Talent Development Programme (TDP) is a joint project between the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and Stellenbosch University Centre for Pedagogy (SUNCEP).  It is a prestigious residential and academic enrichment intervention that aims to bridge the gap between school-leavers and universities.

A total of 324 Grade 12 learners attended the programme. The participants joined the programme in 2018 and attended a total of six holiday camps during the last two years.  An academically rich programme was followed with a practice based approach that provides participants with an opportunity to engage in challenging academics and critical.  In-class activities in both Mathematics and Physical Sciences was delivered by a dedicated team of education specialists.  The programme also included support from dedicated Career Guidance Coordinators and all learners were assisted with their university and bursary applications.

The foundational skills programme included a live broadcast from Stellenbosch University's Centre for Learning and Teaching, themed - “Becoming a moneywise student" 

Ongoing support is delivered between contact sessions through the Siyavula intelligent platform. A session with the focus on the effective use of platform's exam preparation section was also broadcasted to the TDP learner community.  

We would like to wish the TDP class of 2019 well with their preparations for the National Senior Certificate examinations.  A sincere word of gratitude goes out to all our partners, the provincial education departments and the department of science and innovation for their contributions towards the success of the programme.