Mihandzu is a project set to improve the educational understanding and performance of learners from backgrounds of poverty, abuse and various social upheavals.

The improved understanding is all in aid to improve the chances of learners passing matric, furthering their education and obtaining or creating sustainable employment.

Mihandzu currently operates at JB Matabane Secondary School in Ivory Park.

Our Challenge

The transformation of our economic and social society is one that is highly dependent on the bridge of the education divide present within our South African society.

Mihandzu aims to bridge this one gap one community at a time. The current community Mihandzu operates in is Ivory Park.

Ivory Park is a community in close proximity with Midrand CBD. This community is faced with an array of socio-economic challenges including:

  • label_outline +50% unemployment
  • label_outline High rates of teenage pregnancy
  • label_outline Being the worst Gauteng precinct in multiple crimes
  • label_outline Multitude of child-headed households

The community’s current reality in terms of education includes the following:

  • label_outline +50% unemployment
  • label_outline High rates of teenage pregnancy
  • label_outline Being the worst Gauteng precinct in multiple crimes
  • label_outline Multitude of child-headed households

Our Solution

Mihandzu focuses on critical subjects including Mathematics and Information Technology as well as exposing learners to all potential career paths and opportunities post schooling. This is directed towards gearing learners to gain skills in areas that will allow them to be active contributors to our South African economy and society as a whole.

Project Overview

Mathematical Programme

Mathematics has been identified time and time again as a true problem within our South African society. With South Africa ranking in the bottom 15% in international numeracy ratings, it is apparent that we have great mathematics problem as a society.

Learner Focus

Weekly tutorial classes are conducted in order to increase the contact time that each learner is exposed to the subject as well develop and solidify their understanding of various topics in the subject.

Educator Involvement

This is intended to holistically understand the challenges of the learner and to find new ways to assist the educators and school improve their impact on the learners during contact time in the academic year.

Information Technology

Computer literacy is a skill majority of learners in our education system lack. Mihandzu has weekly IT weekly classes as an extra-curricular class to provide learners with computer skills and insights such as:

  • label_outline Teaching them about the effective usage of the Internet and Computers/Smartphones
  • label_outline Coding classes to equip learners with skills which will uplift themselves and resolve innate South African problems using technology

The classes are divided into 2 sessions. The first concentrates on theory and focuses on providing the learners a holistic understanding of Information Technology. The second session is a practical session and provides the learners with coding skills.

Career Guidance

Learners are unaware of the career opportunities available to them and how these opportunities can help them lead a better life than what they have known.

Mihandzu aims to resolve this issue by:

  • label_outline Expose the learners to all the options and opportunities available for them through career expos and inviting professionals
  • label_outline Internal continuous career focused guidance from the tutors to the learners
  • label_outline Assist learners in realising professional areas they are most suited for
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