A Tale of Two High Schools: Mdluli and Manyangana

The Trust takes a holistic and longterm approach to the wellbeing and performance of its partner schools. This year saw a significant turn-around in Manyangana and Mdluli High Schools, with both a reduction in teenage pregnancy and higher pass rates. Mdluli saw the largest shift, where matric pass rate increased from 70,9% in 2013, 69% in 2014, and 93% in 2015. Manyangana matric pass rate rose from 32% in 2011, 92% in 2012, 99% in 2013, and 95% in 2014. In 2015, Manyangana had 45 distinctions and achieved a 100% pass rate for Maths. This year, 25% of Manyangana’s matric class will qualify for university entrance.

The key to unlocking sustainable high performance in schools requires a whole host of interventions. Over 14 years of experience has taught us that interventions involving focusses in technology, leadership, and pupil wellbeing are necessary in our approach.

Technology ICTs are being integrated into school improvement activities to encourage to support more effective management, teaching and learning as well as developing and supporting entrepreneurial capacity.

Leadership Our focus in leadership integrates investments in the Columba Leadership Academy, the Principal Forum and the M&E programme. The schools now have a vision and a mission, and are able each year to monitor their own performance and wellbeing.

Pupil wellbeing Improving individual wellbeing has required investments in food security, water security and health care. The Trust has installed water infrastructure in all partnering schools. A commercial food garden at Manyangana High School feeds all learners with fresh produce on a daily basis. Seven of our partner schools are recipients of the Tiger Brands Monthly Feeding scheme, by way of take home parcels and school lunches. The Utah Nyarhi Clinic, built next to Manyangana High School, continues to provide reliable primary health care and health awareness.

The Trust will maintain a holistic and longterm focus to reach the same targets in all nine of our partner schools. The results show that this approach works, but to maintain our efforts, we continue to seek outside support for our partner schools. Please contact Nompilo Khanya or download our Annual Report here for further information.

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