“It is a great opportunity for both schools to share resources and be able to assist each other in future”These words by Tshiamo Kungwane, a learner fromSandown High School, summed up the opinions of most people during the launch of the twinning of Reiger Park Secondary and Sunward Park High Schools last week in Boksburg.
The Twinning Programme is part of the Gauteng Department of Education’s wider strategic framework and its “Re-organisation of Schools” strategy.The objectives of the Twinning Programme are to improve learner outcomes and foster social cohesion in nurturing holistic learner development by creating an environment for cultural exchange through sharing expertise and resources across suburban and township schools. The programme also ensures that learners are exposed to peers from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, improve equality of access to high-quality education, and strengthen the quality of education delivered compared to global best practice. Speaking at the event, Mr. Edward Mosuwe, the Head of Department (HOD) for Education in the province, lauded the achievement of both schools. “Today’s historical event signifies the transformative programme that is taking place in South African schools. It is the epitome of what schools should look like in our new South Africa. Education in Gauteng Province is on anupward trajectory,” he opined.
Currently, the department has succeeded in twinning the following schools:
• Bovet Primary and Lyndhurst Primary Schools in Johannesburg East District
• Alexandra Secondary and Sandown High Schools, Johannesburg East District
• Cultura Secondary and Zithobeni Secondary Schools in Gauteng North District, Bronkhortspruit
• Reiger Park Secondary and Sunward Park High School, in Ekurhuleni
These pairs of schools have demonstrated that through twinning the resources can be shared equally between schools and learners. Educators can participate in shared teaching and learning activities thus achieving improved learner performance. The Twinning Programme is one of the key strategic objectives of attaining the objectives of the Gauteng Province’s Transformation Modernisation and Re-industrialisation (TMR) program. Education delivery is at the core of fostering social cohesion and economic empowerment of learners through learning in an ICT enabled teaching and learning environment. Dignitaries from the provincial legislature, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and the business community attended the event.