By Marlien van der Westhuizen
The vision of the Support Centre for Schools (SCS) is to ensure the future of Christian, Afrikaans education, where high quality education already exists, is maintained, and where necessary, to build something new.
According to Melanie Buys, Head of Development at the Support Centre for Schools, Afrikaans schools in South Africa are doing well in every educational sphere. “In the midst of pressure from several directions, Afrikaans schools remain islands of excellence which offer parents value for money and offer learners a world-class school career,” Buys said.
The SCS mainly focuses on three ways to support Afrikaans education:
Continuous development and support to teachers through professional subject associations play an important role in any good educational system. By organising seminars, courses and conferences of high standard, the SCS looks after teachers’ continued development and the Centre ensures that teachers in Afrikaans schools are equipped with the latest knowledge and skills. Applicable resources, work cards and assessments further contribute to excellent teaching. Teachers can also join the SCS associations for Mathematics, Afrikaans Home Language, Science, Business subjects and Foundation Phase teachers, as well as a subject association that focuses on leadership development.
Protection of rights
The SCS offers advises schools on effective management and assist them to face the government’s political and administrative challenges. Activist campaigns are driven from within the SCS. “The recent campaign in Gauteng to protect parents’ and schools’ rights regarding language and free choice during the school admissions process is only one example. The SCS conducts research on current educational matters to provide direction to the broader teaching community,” Buys added.
The SCS focuses on the development of an affordable, Christian, Afrikaans school system. The Cloud School forms the core of this system and is an integral part of the solution for Afrikaans schools.
Technology has changed the world drastically; education can likewise increasingly utilise the advantages of technology. The Cloud School system was designed to ensure quality education to all Afrikaans learners in South Africa. Through the Cloud School, learners in remote towns have access to quality education and excellent teachers to ensure that the full potential of every child is realised.
Teachers in normal schools can use platforms like the Cloud School to better diagnose and assess learners. With regular, accurate feedback at their disposal, teachers can structure the class environment in such a way to accommodate all children. Because technology is applied to receive better and quicker feedback from learners, teachers can ensure that learners reach the necessary outcomes.
To ensure optimal learning, the Cloud School combines the personal skills of educators with the best e-learning practices, e-books and diagnostic assessment. This contributes to feasible, affordable, and inclusive teaching and learning.
The SCS works to support every school in our country where the language of teaching is Afrikaans to maintain world-class education in the future as well. We believe that this investment will have the best return – successful learners who complete their school career with several choices regarding tertiary education and possible professions. As the McKinsey report stated: An educational system is as good as the quality of its teachers!