WHAT WE STAND FOR
Our aim is to nurture a generation of young South Africans through the use of digital education, to enable them to achieve an advanced, internationally competitive standard in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects. However our “E” is English!
WE ARE PROVIDING AN ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR STUDENTS TO GROW
ADET currently has two main philanthropic programmes that serve a wide range of our local community members:
The ADET STEM-Galactic vision is to serve Westbury and other nearby disadvantaged communities through the educational support of school children by facilitating after-school programmes in STEM (Science, Technology, English Literacy, and Mathematics) subjects. The ADET Westbury campus currently hosts 187 registered students from 23 different schools in the area who attend 299 supervised student classes 5 days a week. The campus also serves light meals and refreshments to all learners as well as green space to play and occasionally extracurricular activities like dance.
STEM-Galactic, which provides software-based:
- Maths (Matific) – online self-paced maths programmes, Grades R-7;
- English (Reading Eggs) – online self-paced literacy programmes, Grades R-7;
- Robotics for high school students;
- IT and general training for teachers.
Nat Geo “Umsuka”
The National Geographic “Umsuka” Public Palaeoanthropology Project (Nat Geo “Umsuka”) is committed to the mission of increasing the accessibility of our common fossil hominin heritage for South Africans of diverse backgrounds in order to engage them with the past in ways that unite us in the present and help us to work towards a better, shared future.
Nat Geo “Umsuka”, which brings the subject of human evolution and the resources of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site to learners of all ages:
- Cradle Ambassadors retreat;
- Teacher and site-guide training;
- In-class student enrichment modules and/or speakers.
As ADET’s influence grows, so do our positive impacts on local communities. We currently have the following Community Programmes either underway or in planning:
ADET is currently working with Thandulwazi (the excellent Maths and literacy “Saturday school” for previously disadvantaged students), held at St Stithians College, to create a “satellite” Thandulwazi at ADET-Westbury Campus commencing January 2018. One of the impediments to students from Westbury and its surrounds attending Thandulwazi, is to be able to afford the transport and to get safely to St Stithians and back on a Saturday. The “satellite” would use Google Hangouts to enable students to “attend” the Thandulwazi classroom from the ADET campus in Westbury, while being supervised by suitably qualified individual(s). We are starting with a Grade 10 class in 2018, then add classes year by year, so that eventually all the Thandulwazi grades (8-12) are covered from the ADET campus in Westbury.
An additional Cradle-based palaeontology exploration programme is also in planning for Thandulwazi Life Sciences students in 2018. The programme will entail a tour of Maropeng (the official visitors’ centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and overnight accommodation at their Hominin House Educational Facilities followed by a full day of touring the famous fossil sites of Malapa and Gladysvale, alternated with hands-on palaeo-activities at the Cradle Nature Reserve. The program is projected to run 1─2 times annually for 50 pax per session.
Community Digital Centre
We are currently approaching various donors to raise funding to renovate/convert one of the disused building on campus into a community digital centre. The purpose of the community digital centre will be to provide access to computers/the Internet to more senior students not covered by the STEM programme and also to adult members of the community – to enable them to, for example, further their studies, improve their businesses and generally to provide them with access to digital resources that those in communities such as Westbury are not fortunate enough to enjoy. Funding has been secured to cover the operating costs of the centre for the first three years, once we have been able to confirm funding for the renovations (approximately R300,000.00).