Targeting talent, investing in excellence, facilitating success
The Targeting Talent/ Talent Development Programme (TTP/ TDP) was launched in 2007 as a pre-university enrichment programme in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation and Telkom foundation. It was piloted from 2007 – 2009 with 267 learners from the Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.
TTP/ TDP aims to increase the academic, social and psychological preparation of academically talented learners from disadvantaged and better resourced backgrounds to access higher education opportunities. The programme recruits top performing learners in maths and science to be part of the programme annually. Once selected, learners become involved in the programme over a two or three year period from grade 10/ 11 through to grade 12.
The programme consists of the following elements:
Learner supplementation and enrichment
The programme includes academic, social and psychological enrichment. Three contact sessions are held annually to prepare learners for their final grade 12 examinations and for access higher education institutions by providing additional support to improve their academic performance and psychologically prepare them for university life.
The first and last contact sessions, held every March/April and September/December for a one week period focuses on mathematics and science supplementation to improve learners’ academic performance in these areas.
The main contact session, the two week residential academic enrichment camp (RAEC), is held every June/July for a two week period .This contact session aims to promote the academic and personal development of learners through a range of academic and social activities.
The programme currently hosts approximately 750 learners from grade 10 – 12 from schools nationally of which approximately 480 learners are newly selected learners joining the programme this year. All learners are jointly funded by the South African Roads Agency, Ltd (SANRAL), BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd., Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
711 learners have graduated from the programme and are currently being tracked by the SETMU team. Some of these learners who graduated from the programme in 2009 and 2011 are currently in their second and third year of study.
Of the learners who graduated from the programme in 2012, some who are pursuing studies this year are currently in their first year of study. Amongst this graduate cohort, approximately 46 learners were top grade 12 achievers provincially and nationally. Please see below.
Residential Assistant Programme
A group of responsible university students are recruited to assist in the implementation of the programme. The students selected are trained by the Counselling and Careers Development Unit (CCDU) based at the University. The role of these volunteers includes: looking after the learners during the residential programmes; escorting learners to various venues; and mentoring, motivating and supporting learners throughout the programme. Through responsible behaviour and support, these volunteers also act as role models to the learners. Some of these assistants are graduates of SETMU’s programmes, who have chosen to take up this role as a means of self-development and ‘giving back’ to the unit.
Educator enrichment programme
The June/ July contact session, in addition to learner development, also promotes educator enrichment.Maths and Science educators from the same schools as the learners are invited to participate in week-long professional development programme. Educators participating in the programme receive input from various experts on effective methods of teaching the mathematics and science curriculum. The educator enrichment programme aims to academically and socially enrich educators who are part of the programme.