The School Improvement Program is a culmination of Ducere Foundation initiatives from literacy and public speaking, to interning and mentoring in primary schools across Southern Africa.
The Ducere Foundation School Improvement Program, delivered in conjunction with a Mentoring Initiative, began across three regions of Botswana in 2012, focussing on improvement in Mathematics, Science and English results.
Mentors were selected as part of a government initiative to address youth unemployment in the region, and university graduates were trained to expand the Foundation’s educational philosophy in their allocated school and community. Within these schools and communities, our graduates worked closely with teachers and students to address all aspects of school life – from maintaining weekly teaching schedules to working of the needs of each and every child in their care.
The mentor experience is empowering to both the student and the mentor. The mentor-student relationship is one built on trust, and is a vital part of a child’s experience at school as their confidence grows. For mentors, once the training program is completed, they become mentor-trainers and guide the creation of new educational strategies and skills.