We work with 8 local high schools & 15 local primary schools in Circuit 9 under the King William’s Town District of the Department of Basic Education. In 2013, we organised a local revision camp for some 80 matriculants & a special tuition programme at Rhodes University for 42 matriculants who have the potential to obtain an exemption pass in the grade 12 exams. The Local Revision Camp took place at Tembelani Secondary School & brought 26 tutors from Fort Hare, Stellenbosh & Wits universities. They helped Grade 12 learners to prepare for end-of-year exams. Subjects covered included Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Science, Life Science, Agriculture, History & Geography. The Rhodes University Matric Exam Preparation worked with 42 learners for 1 week. It provided an intensive focus on Maths & English covering everything from Calculus to trigonometry to English literature to English grammar.

We work with the people of Upper Ngqumeya & Ngxondorheni to pilot the idea of an Integrated Community Development Plan (ICDP). The ICDP process will involve villagers in mapping out their local assets & resources, & use these to develop a long- term vision, programme & plan for community-driven development.

In July 2013, we sent 39 students from Grade 8 to Grade10 to Hogsback for a non-academic, personal development Holiday Camp, with help from the MylifE organisation. The camp was aimed at helping the learners’ personal development, communication, teamwork skills, problem solving ability, & leadership development.

We have trained our 13 field workers & community leaders on local government laws, the Constitution, laws concerning rural governance & traditional leadership. We mobilised communities to make submissions to the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Bill, the Traditional Affairs Bill & the Traditional Courts Bill.

In August 2012, a delegation from Rhodes University addressed local farmers at Fort Cox Agricultural College about opportunities for small farmers in providing fresh produce & processed foods to the University’s dinning halls. These halls provide 3 meals a day to 5,000 students for 9 months a year (a total of 135,000 meals).

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