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 10, 11 and 12 students who attend voluntarily from a large number of 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 a teacher development programme for primary school teachers based in a large number of schools in greater Johannesburg. There is a special focus on improving teaching skills and methodologies, particularly in the teaching of numeracy, Maths literacy, science and technology, as well as leadership.
Providing scholarships to highly talented learners (from the group described as historically disadvantaged South Africans), enabling these students to enrol in either the Boys’ College or the Girls’ College at St Stithians.