The SII is one of UCT’s four strategic initiatives (see: www.sii.uct.ac.za) and serves as a vehicle for extending the university’s engagement in schooling. This is achieved by drawing on university wide resources including student organisations and by forging links and developing collaborations with education-related groupings outside of the university; specifically those working in Khayelitsha.
The fundraising priorities are:
The Primary Schools Project, or iKwezi, an early childhood development and primary school intervention project which currently operates in the Mfuleni and Lwandle areas of the greater Cape Town metropolitan region, with the goal of improving the educational outcomes of Language and Mathematics in Grades R and 1 through classroom mentoring and curriculum planning across the whole school.
The 100-up Programme, a flagship project in the Vice-Chancellor’s School Improvement Initiative, seeks to build the intellectual, social and cultural capital of a group of academically gifted high school students from 20 secondary schools in Khayelitsha.
An update report on the activities of the SII since 2014 can be found here.