The Penreach Whole School Development Program is an holistic educational program, covering all aspects of children's education from birth to post matric. The program's goal is to work towards education excellence and to improve the quality and accessibility of education in under-resourced rural communities. It does so by providing support and training to educators, parents and students.
Teachers in the ECD Phase, the Foundation Phase, the Primary and InterSen Phase and the FET Phase, are offered ongoing training, daily visits to schools by experienced field workers, workshops and qualifications to improve their skills in the classroom. This includes programs that foster leadership development, as well as mentioring for school principals. In partnership with other NGO's and organizations, Penreach also supplied learners with a variety of resources, as well as infrastucture, needed for better quality education and an improvement in performance. Parents and members of the community are also provided with training, on topics such as parenting skills, and encouraged to become actively involved in their children's education through workshops and extramural programs.
In addition to their training support, Penreach has built the Shalamuka Science Discovery Centre, which includes interactive exhibits, laboratories, an auditorium, and a design and technology workshop. This centre is recognized as part of the Department of Science and Technology's national network of Discovery Centres, and provides unique new learning environment for learners.
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CEI approaches in action
All services provided including informal and formal teacher development and training, as well as learning tutorials are offered free of charge.
By improving the quality and accessibility of good education in under-resourced rural schools, the Penreach academic program empowers individuals and helps lift communities out of poverty. In addition, youth facilitators and psychologists council orphans and vulnerable children through girls' clubs, boys' clubs and through parent workshops.
The Penreach program began in 1991 with 1 teacher and 7 learners. For the past two years, Penreach has reached 400 000 children and 2400 teachers per year, directly and indirectly, and focus has now been placed on consolidation of the program.
This program has been replicated and many NGOs, such as DRF, have consulted with Penreach.
This program has grown organically in response to the needs of teachers, who indicate which courses they want to do.
Monitoring & Evaluation
There are a number of monitoring strategies in place including questionnaires, in school observations and ANAs and NSC results.