Minister Debbie Schäfer to visit Grade 12 Winter School Programme and Safe Schools Holiday Programme

Media Advisory:

On Thursday 2nd July 2015, Minister Debbie Schäfer will visit the Grade 12 Winter Schools Holiday Programme at Excelsior Secondary School in Belhar as well as the Safe Schools Holiday Programme at Edward High School in Elsies River.

In order to assist our learners in preparation for the National Senior Certificate (NSC), the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has initiated a number of targeted and sustained interventions at schools across the province, including a Winter School for Grade 12 learners.

The ‘winter school’ programmes aims to assist learners in high enrolment subjects.  Providing curriculum support to our Grade 12 learners is always a priority, and the Grade 12 ‘winter schools’ programme is just one of the many interventions by the WCED to help support and assist our Grade 12 learners.

It is also important that we keep our learners engaged and supervised over the holiday period. Each district has organised a Safe Schools Holiday Programme according to the perceived need in the district concerned.

Educational programmes on offer include topics such as peer-pressure, moral values, substance abuse, HIV/Aids and sexual abuse. Other important topics covered are truancy, gangsterism and bullying.

Tomorrow, Minister Schäfer will be visiting the Safe Schools Holiday Programme at Edward Primary School in Elsies River.

The programme at the school is designed for learners in grade 3 to 7 and covers important topics such as Choices and Consequences, the risks and dangers of irresponsible behaviour puberty, teenage pregnancy.

Fun activities include arts and cultural activities.

All media are invited and welcome to attend both visits.

Date:              Thursday 2nd July 2015

Time:              12h00

Venue:           Excelsior Secondary School, Portulaca Crescent, Belhar 7490

Date:              Thursday 2nd July 2015

Time:              13h00

Venue:           Edward Primary School, Owen Road, Clarke Estate, Elsies River, 7490

There will be opportunities for photographs and interviews.