The overall aim of the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy is to actively improve the quality of Maths and Science teaching and learning in schools.
The key objectives are:
Operating a Saturday School on the St Stithians College campus, providing extra tuition to Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 students who self-select to attend these classes from a large number of high schools in greater Johannesburg, and in particular from under-resourced districts. The curriculum focuses on Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, English and Accounting.
Facilitating the training of new teachers through an internship programme which places trainee teachers in the schools of St Stithians College. There is a special focus on areas of critical teacher shortage, such as Maths and Science; English; and Early Childhood Development (ECD)/Foundation Phase. The interns are mentored by senior teachers of St Stithians.
Creating an in-service teacher development programme for educators teaching across the educational phases. Teachers are drawn from over 400 schools across greater Gauteng, and workshops focus on improving teaching skills and methodologies; classroom management; and integrating technology into teaching and learning. Special attention is given to key learning areas: numeracy/Maths; language and literacy; Natural Science; technology; and leadership.
Providing scholarships to highly talented students (from the group described as historically disadvantaged South Africans), enabling these students to enrol in schools of excellence, such as St Stithians College.