Maths Centre Incorporating Sciences (MCIS)

The program delivers teacher development in mathematics, science, technology, and accounting, thus assisting teachers toward sustainability in their schools and young people from disadvantaged communities to higher learning chances.
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1985
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Maths Centre Incorporating Sciences

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Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, The Northern Cape, North West and Western Cape
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The holistic approach of the MCIS incorporates more than 50 initiatives. The key program components can be explored according to several focus areas:

Maths Centre

The Maths Centre works in 800 schools throughout the country ranging from Grade R to Grade 12, as well as out-of-school youth. The core subject areas are pure mathematics, physical science, technology, early childhood development, and micro systems technology for engineering. Cumulative gaps in the learners’ content knowledge are identified systematically and corrected. Teacher training is also offered to primary and secondary teachers, accompanied by support with curriculum-content related issues and meeting the rising demands of the new assessment requirements. Teacher and learner progression are the pillars of this program. Learners are also assisted with career guidance and study skills. These interventions take the form of Saturday classes, afternoon clinics, individual tutoring, and camps when funding is available. The Maths Centre trainers get continuous on-the-job training to intensify their professional expertise.

Engineering and Technology

The aim of this focus area is to improve engineering as a career choice among students. This evolved from the fact that South Africa has insufficient experienced and active engineers and poor racial diversity. The following program components seek to address this by providing: engineering and technology kits to enhance teaching and learning and allow for experience through practical activities; maps and mirrors program, in which a group of engineering graduates volunteer as ambassadors to train students in mechanical, electrical, and electronic systems, structures, and processing.

Entrepreneurship

This focus area is driven by a desire to provide skills development programs for in-school and out-of-school youth and informal businesses within the domain of entrepreneurship education. The desired outcome would be to convert informal businesses to formal micro enterprises by creating job opportunities.