The SHAWCO SHINE project – which helps learners from grade 10 to 12 with tuition in mathematics, accounting, physical sciences, English home language and life sciences – is now open for applications.
The programme, developed by project co-ordinator Thara Kallungal, is a project of SHAWCO (the Students' Health and Welfare Centres Organisation) and runs parallel to the Saturday School initiative, which provides the same tuition to students from identified disadvantaged areas.
Students from both programmes give up their Saturdays for the year to attend classes at UCT. The classes are administered by specialist teachers and are limited to around 20 learners to ensure an effective learning environment.
Ilyaas Abrahams, a former Groote Schuur High School pupil, credits the SHAWCO SHINE project for his academic achievements.
“Before SHAWCO I kept my goals for my studies pretty low (realistic for me at the time) but now I even got accepted into medicine at UCT! I could say without a doubt that the programme has helped me tremendously. I went from a 77% average in grade 10 to an 86% average in my final exam with six subject distinctions.”
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