Improving the Quality of Teaching & Learning

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About

The PSP is a registered South African non-profit trust working to improve the quality of primary school teaching and learning in the critical subjects of Maths, Science, Language and the Environment in disadvantaged communities of the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. Our projects annually benefit an average of around 2.000 teachers and over 120.000 children from 160 primary schools.

Our Mission
& Vision

PSP's Position in Education in South Africa

Communities
We Serve

Meet the Team

Staff

  • Zorina Dharsey

    Director of the PSP

  • Glenda Shupinyaneng

    Sales, Marketing & Office Manager

  • Glenda Barnes

    Finance Manager

  • Kerry White

    Fundraising Manager

  • Florence February

    Foundation Phase & Intermediate Phase Language, Mathematics & Science Facilitator

  • Nadiema Gamieldien

    Senior Intermediate Phase Science & Mathematics Facilitator

  • Novosti Buta

    Programme Manager

  • Rose Thomas

    Senior Science Facilitator & Materials Developer

  • Nontsikelelo Mahote

    Intermediate & Senior Phase Mathematics and Natural Sciences Facilitator

  • Vangiwe Makhubalo

    Foundation Phase & Intermediate Phase Language Facilitator

  • Sandra Rossouw

    Senior Rural Foundation Phase & Intermediate Phase Science, Mathematics and Language Facilitator

  • Ntombizodwa Nxawe

    Foundation Phase Facilitator

  • Mascha Ainslie

    Part-time Materials Development Co-ordinator

  • Yanga Manyakanyaka

    Workshop & Materials Assistant

  • Siyabonga Mama

    Caretaker

Board of Trustees

  • Mthunzi Nxawe

    Chairman

  • Mascha Ainslie

    Trustee

  • Jane Coombe

    Trustee

  • Zuhayr Dollie

    Trustee

  • Gcobisa Mbili

    Trustee

  • Sinazo Jikijela

    Trustee

Advisory Committee

  • Xoliswa Sitetyana

    Ikwezi Lesiswe Primary

    Khayelitsha

  • Mohamed Kriel

    Surrey Primary School

    Surrey Estate

  • Michael Davids

    Nomlinganiselo Primary School

    New Crossroads

  • Nomakhaya Mbeki

    Ntwasahlobo Primary School

    Site B, Khayelitsha

  • Vincent Belu

    Lwandle Primary School

    Khayelitsha

  • Theola Phillips

  • Solomzi Mfunda

    Imbasa Primary School

    Crossroads

Education Experts

  • Wendy Hitchcock

    Environmental Education

  • Barbara Johanneson

    Social Sceinces: History

  • Ruth Versfeld

    Social Sceinces: Geography

  • Adielah Avontuur

    Learning Interventions

  • Marlene Rousseau

    Foundation Phase and Intermediate Phase Language

  • Thenjiswa M. Stevens

    Foundation Phase Mathematics

  • Tholine Greffrath

    Foundation Phase Mathematics : Rural

History of PSP

The PSP has a history of responding to the needs of teachers and schooling within the wider political, social and educational context of South Africa.

1983-1984
- The PSP is initiated by Anne Griffiths to address inadequacies in Science education in Black primary schools and set up as a project of the Urban Foundation in Cape Town.
- Programme: Co-operation with the Department of Education and Training leads to Science kits being provided to selected schools, enabling group work in large classes, and teachers receive training.
1985-1989
- The PSP expands to four additional centres: Durban (1984), Port Elizabeth (1984), Johannesburg (1986) and Bloemfontein (1987).
- Cape Town PSP moves to Gugulethu to be more accessible to target schools.
- Programme: An annual mass planning forum is instituted, where teachers identify and prioritise key focus areas requiring support. This informs PSP’s programme for the following year. Language development is integrated into Science courses. Science content knowledge and teaching methodology workshops and teachers handbooks are introduced.

1990-1997
- PSP is registered as a non-profit Trust, with a national office and national manager based in Johannesburg.
- The National Education Department seconds 36 experienced teachers to work with the PSP in projects in all nine provinces of the new South Africa and PSP assists the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to clarify the syllabus and give practical suggestions for implementation.

1998-2002
- PSP Cape Town is selected to join a consortium of NGOs to work with the Western Cape Education Department to support teaching in Mathematics, Science, Language as well as the management of schools in urban and rural areas in the GETinSET project.
- The National PSP Trust closes down, due to lack of funding (June 1999).
- In the Western Cape the PSP is re-established as the Western Cape Primary Science Programme Trust and receives requests to run seminars and practical workshop sat many schools to explain the structure of the new National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and to interpret the requirements of the new Outcomes Based Education (OBE) Curriculum.

2002-2005
- PSP moves to the Edith Stephens Nature Reserve in Govan Mbeki Road, Philippi,
- PSP launches the Cluster Project in collaboration with education districts to support the planning, teaching and assessment of Natural Sciences in clusters of schools
- The Hands-on-Environment Project (HOEP) is initiated to encourage teachers to bring children to the Edith Stephens Nature Reserve on environmental education outings. This project was funded by the National Lottery for the first three years.

2007-2009
- The regular programme of courses becomes known as the PSP Innovation Project and is expanded to offer courses in Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Environment and Language.
- The PSP appoints a new Director and staff grows to 13. Two three-year projects, the Zenex Spark Project and the PSP Cluster Project are concluded, with the positive external Evaluation Report on the Cluster Project released in August 2009.

2010-2011
- PSP restructures due to a serious cash flow crisis
- PSP initiates and co-ordinates the Joint Mentorship Project (JMP) in collaboration with the University of the Western Cape (UWC), the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) Districts MEPP (Mathematics Education Primary Programme) to mentor 20 first-time teachers from UWC in their first two years of teaching. This pilot project is researched through Action Research methodology.

2012- 2015
- A new PSP director is appointed.
- The national Department of Basic Education contracts the PSP to develop the new national CAPS curriculum (Intermediate and Senior Phase) for Natural Sciences.
- The JMP is selected as one of the 2012 Global Best Award winners fin the theme "Partnerships that Inspire Young People in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in Africa" by the International Education Business Partnership Network (IPN), in collaboration with MIET Africa and The Conference Board of Canada.
- The TeachSmart handbook is produced for first-time teachers and school management teams
- PSP develops its first teacher-support book in Mathematics. 'Practical Maths for the Foundation Phase' is warmly received and also translated into isiXhosa and Afrikaans.

2016 – 2018
- PSP increases the scope of teacher support and introduces regular courses for School Management Teams (SMTs) on curriculum management and to assist with development of School Improvement Plans (SIPs).
- PSP reach expands to over 2 500 teachers, 380 primary schools and more than 124 000 children in the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape.
- PSP raises funds to extend training facilities to accommodate large numbers of teachers at courses. A pre-fab building and ablution facilities is erected at Edith Stephens Nature Reserve in collaboration with the City of Cape Town.
- Development of teacher-support materials and classroom resources continues. Natural Sciences & Technology books, Grades 4 – 7 in English and Afrikaans is completed as well as two Geography activity books Grades 4 – 7. A collaboration with BOTSOC produces an environmental handbook called: Learning about Cycads.
- PSP becomes actively engaged in national advocacy forums: Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) reviewing and re-developing pre-service science teacher education across Higher Education Institutions in South Africa; NGOs in Education Committee improving the impact of NGO work in education; National Round-Table conference responding to DBE promotion of teacher induction and mentorship for novice and newly-appointed teachers.
- Awards: Four times the International Business Education Partnership Network (IPN) awarded the PSP its Global Best award for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) category in the African region, in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.
- PSP develops a strong focus on Foundation Phase Mathematics development and support, working with 27 schools through various collaborative projects.
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