The GSDT provides support for education and cultural projects in the greater Stellenbosch. It aims to bridge cultural and material divides in Stellenbosch. In 2001, a few friends across Stellenbosch and Kayamandi converted the ruins of a fire damaged beer hall into a centre for community projects. As the initial projects gained traction and developed, the GSDT evolved as an organisation that managed a number of projects to an incubator for both and new and established NGO’s. It is a reflection of success that all the projects that were developed within the GSDT are now independent organisations, each with its own focus and expertise. The underlying approach behind activities of the GSDT is human-rights based. The legal structure of the Trust is designed to comply with best practice corporate governance and also to encourage democratic participation.
The educational projects developed by the GSDT are now managed by Vision AfriKa, an organisation that became a GSDT partner in 2007.
Eduvate develops 21st century teaching skills amongst teachers at Stellenbosch schools; it also supports coding and computer club activities for learners.
SOS, initiated by the GSDT, supports and mentors 34 other NGOs to improve management, financial and administrative capacity. Led by Remgro, this support enables these organisations to have a sustainable focus on their primary role in the community.
SEED (Stellenbosch Entrepreneur and Enterprise Development) assists with business support to small and budding entrepreneurs.
Sakhikamva co-ordinates parental support for children.
InZync and AmaZink are venues for cultural and community events. Regular programs at these venues have enriched cultural life in Stellenbosch and Kayamandi.
Priority focus areas in 2016 are:
• Strategic development and support for Vision AfriKa primary school.
• Support for intensified teacher coaching by Eduvate for 21st century education skills at schools across the district.
Eduvate challenges the limitations of traditional classroom teaching. Eduvate has a design thinking approach, which means we look for repeatable, humancentred methods for creative problem solving and innovation. We believe in innovation and capacity building and we want to address the ‘how’ of improving learning outcomes in our schools. Our primary objective is to improve the academic outcomes for learners by focussing on teacher development. We aim to improve teachers’ proficiency in digital literacy, educational software, and 21st century teaching methods. We identify methods that will build creative confidence in our teachers and develop their skills as educators. Parallel with teacher development is learner development with a focus on digital skills, design thinking, Mathematics and English. We want the learners to develop solid 21st century learning skills. In 2016 Eduvate merged with the Innovation in the Classroom project of the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust. Working with Team4Tech and Autodesk have exposed GSDT, Eduvate and our community partners to innovative ways of teaching, meaningful ways to use technology and to adapt a design thinking approach to challenges. Our collaboration with Team4Tech and Autodesk is ongoing and the long term goals of the project are:
• Improve teachers’ proficiency in digital literacy, educational software and 21st century teaching methods.
• Strengthen collaboration across Stellenbosch schools and communities.
Classroom innovation focuses on:
• Teacher professional development
• Tech troubleshooting and maintenance
• Integrate 21st century teaching skills at Makupula and other schools
• Measure and evaluate
• Coordinate workshops
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