The TPP goal is to increase the academic, social and psychological preparation of academically talented learners from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds for admission to and success at South African selective universities. Download an overview of the project.
The programme aims to achieve this goal through four phases:
The first phase involved conceptualisation and securing funding.
The second phase involves identifying academically talented learners from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds and under-resourced schools in the geographical areas of the Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.
The third phase involves working with the same cohort of academically talented learners over a three year period (grades 10, 11 and 12) in order to increase their academic, social and psychological preparation for admission to and success at South African selective universities (2010-2012). The three year preparation involves a residential academic enrichment curriculum, a residential personal development skills curriculum, a residential educator development curriculum and a mathematics and science redress curriculum.
Phase 4 will involve tracking the TTP cohort (and a comparison group) for the duration of their university studies and/or career choices.
Click here for anevaluation of the Targeting Talent programme
Click here to read some of the speeches from the TPP learners.
Read about learners? initial reactions to new people, new experiences, and new environments as they were given a small taste of the hectic life of a student at the University. Carrying a full day?s schedule of lectures and coursework, the learners had to learn to balance their daily academic and personal responsibilities, alongside social or leisurely interests, and opportunities for cultural enrichment as afforded through their participation in the programme.
"I?believe [that] this programme is different, that it is special, that it is central to our Transformation Agenda and, for me personally, it represents a Signature Initiative of my term as Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits University. The slogan? we have adopted for this Student Equity Project is targeting talent, investing in excellence, facilitating success ?. This is a Search for talent? Project? Prof Loyiso Nongxa, Wits University
Quotes from learners and parents
We are very thankful for what Wits did for our children. This is the opportunity we always wanted for our children. (Parent)
I am now calling myself the best achiever of my life in maths because of this programme (Learner)
I have more confidence about myself and I feel empowered since my self-esteem and confidence has increased very much. (Learner)
?Wits has made my dream a reality? (Learner)