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Nine Tenths 2017 round-up & a call for 2018 student mentors

Date Released: Wed, 15 November 2017 14:19 +0200

Nine Tenths is a mentoring programme geared towards equipping matric students in selected local schools to cope with their final year of school and to pass to their full potential. Pupils are given one-on-one attention from a Rhodes University student through nine guided and structured contact sessions.

In 2018, Nine Tenths will be full steam ahead for its third year. As with any community development intervention, Nine Tenths has had its fair amount of challenges but has been equally rewarding and comforting knowing that the team leading it has been comprised of students, learners and teachers immersed in a culture of problem-solving.

2017 started with outstanding results. Of the 51 pupils that achieved bachelor passes in the township schools 35 were part of Nine Tenths. Both Ntsika and Mary Waters improved their pass rate. Adding to the celebration is Vuyolwethu Zumani’s (a Nine Tenths mentee) achievement of a Bachelor’s pass with 5 distinctions! As one of the top achievers in the district, he is now studying a BSc majoring in Maths and Statistics at Rhodes this year.

2017 also welcomed Nombulelo to the programme’s compliment of schools. We’ve seen some incredible results (including 18 of the mentees applying to Rhodes in 2018). And we continue to mould this valuable programme to further improve the relationships and success of Rhodes and the Grahamstown community.

Thank you to the student leaders and senior mentors who have put in hours of motivation and admin work to make this program run smoothly, to the mentees who are open to building this relationship and to their teachers and principals who support them through their matric year. A big thank you to the management team who develop material, assist with training, follow up with schools, facilitate meetings and passionately contribute to improving education in Grahamstown.  Finally, to the man power of the programme- the mentors! Thanks for sticking it out and doing some great work this year.

Enkosi, Dankie, Thank you!

 

If you would like to be part of the programme in 2018 please apply online: https://goo.gl/forms/tpFtysuvnwNqK4Xg1

Source:Community Engagement Directorate