STEM 2020 Multigrade Schools





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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: South Africa

Location: KwaZulu-Natal

Total Budget: $46,000

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

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NEEDS: Over700 mostly rural Primary schools in our education District practise multigrade teaching i.e. up to 4 grades are taught simultaneously by one teacher in one classroom. This means that a teacher, each day has to prepare lessons four 4 grades in up to 5 subjects i.e. 20 lesson preparations. For obvious reasons, only the brightest pupils can cope with such distracted learning. One of the outcomes of the problem is a serious weakness in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The root of the problem has been identified as deficient teaching in multigrade Primary schools.

ACTION IN PROGRESS:The Provincial Department of Education (DOE) has invited two Rotaians to sit on a committee to improve the situation because both the Rotarians were involved in Rotary sponsored interventions both in Primary and High Schools with marked success by providing video lessons and viewing equipment to schools.

It was decided to carry out a pilot program by supplying monitors and video lessons to test their effectiveness. The results of pilot program in 10 schools have shown that we can engage learners with curriculum based video lessons while at the same time, the teacher can teach another grade in a different subject formally. The teachers have embraced the system.

PROJECT FUNDS DISBURSEMENT: The main cost of the program is the purchase of TV sets and the data storage devices containing the lessons and a trasining program for the teachers.

CLUB MEMBERS INVOLVEMENT: Many of our club members will be involved in distributing TVs to the schools and ensuring that the teachers understand how to use the technology and ensuring the safe keeping of equipment.

PROJECT TIMELINE: As soon as the funding of the project is assured, a Global Grant application will be submitted to begin implementation in the first local school term i.e. 2020.

A feature of this project is that we have established a per learner budget of about $11 per learner. This application is targetting $40,000 or about 3,600 learners. There are about 28,000 affected learners in the education district. The only limiting factor to targetting more learners are the funds available. $11 more means another learner.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9370

Rotary Club of: E-Club of South Africa One

Primary Contact: Patrick Draper

Email: patdraper7@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5550

Rotary Club of: Winnipeg

Primary Contact: Strini Reddy

Email: sereddy@shaw.ca

Project Status

Your project is "Fully Pledged". This means the amount of the pledges is equal to the total budget of the project. Now the project needs to be finalized and go through the approval process with The Rotary Foundation. This process gets started on the administration page.

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #15000.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





E-Club of South Africa One (9370)





Winnipeg (5550)





Carlsbad (5340)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by James O'Meara

System Entry: Pledge of $3,000 with $3,000 DDF by James O'Meara of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad, District 5340.


by James O'Meara

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by James O'Meara

System Entry: Pledge of $2,500 with $2,500 DDF by James O'Meara of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad, District 5340.


by James O'Meara

Change in Pledge, Carlsbad will contribute $3,000 and El Camino Real will not participate.


by Janice Kurth

DDF from D5340 was approved at the District Foundation Committee meeting today.

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