TEACH South Africa (TEACH) is a non-profit organisation that aims to respond to challenges in the education sector by recruiting, training, placing and supporting young excellent graduates to improve quality in education for every child in South Africa irrespective of their socio-economic background.
To address Mathematics, Science and Language learner performance in primary and secondary schools TEACH attracts university graduates in these subjects to teach and lead as TEACH Ambassadors for a two-year period in disadvantaged schools in South Africa. In addition, the graduates (TEACH Ambassadors) are encouraged to pursue a career in education and where possible the completion of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is facilitated during their teaching engagement.
The TEACH recruitment and placement process offers graduates an opportunity to gain work experience, whilst ‘giving back’ to communities across the country. The nature of the roles in which they are placed prepares them to rely on their initiative, be innovative in finding solutions to various challenges and to take responsibility at a young age. Graduates are offered real world experience at competitive starting salaries that prepare them for the world of work.
Since 2009 TEACH has recruited, trained and placed 478 TEACH Ambassadors in 186 schools across 7 provinces.The Teach South Africa footprint has shown positive growth between the years of 2009-2015. This has been as a result of the incredible work of our capable TEACH ambassadors across every province in the country.
The total number of TEACH Ambassadors placed in schools during this time has risen to 340; we are confident in the continuation of these levels of growth in the future.
TEACH South Africa was started by the South African business community in direct response to finding ways to improve South Africa’s economy. After years of researching educational initiatives around the world, the TEACH South Africa founding members decided to be part of the solution by placing highly skilled and motivated recent university graduates in the classroom. This will not only benefit the learners and help close the achievement gap that persists in South Africa, but also prepares a generation of learners to be better prepared for university and the workplace.
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