Ikateleng builds a better future
Word for word and number by number the NWU is spending Saturdays building a better future for high school children.
Meaning ‘empower yourself’, the Ikateleng project provides supplementary tuition in a variety of school subjects such as mathematics, English, science, accounting and economics to learners from disadvantaged communities. These subjects are complemented by life skills and career guidance.
A winning project is born
The “father” of the project is Prof Tinie Theron, the dean of the Faculty of Humanities on the Vaal Triangle Campus. He started the project in 1998 in the Vaal Triangle area, in the time of the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHO).
Two years later, the Potchefstroom Campus of the PU for CHE also became involved. Then, when the NWU was established in 2004, Ikateleng expanded to Mafikeng, Upington and Ledig, to name but a few.
According to Darius Mhulatshi, Ikateleng’s manager, the programme’s average pass rate for the last 27 years has been more than 80%.
In 2014, 529 Ikateleng Grade 12 learners passed matric with a pass rate of 98,1%, boasting 458 distinctions. “This is clear proof that this programme is extremely successful, especially compared to that year’s national pass rate of 75,8%,” says Chris Windell, Ikateleng’s marketing manager.
A total of 397 matriculants qualified to study Bachelor’s degrees, 101 for diplomas and 31 qualified to study at TVET colleges. Every year, a large percentage of these grade 12 learners enrol at one of the three NWU campuses for tertiary education.
During end-of-the-year functions at the various Ikateleng centres, the top performers receive cash prizes. Not that they really need these incentives. Statistics don’t lie: Ikateleng learners don’t need a lot of motivation, they only need a chance.
Yes, Ikateleng truly lives up to its name – it gives children the chance to empower themselves and build a bright new future.
Become part of Ikateleng
From the beginning, the idea was that children’s knowledge had to be supplemented over weekends and the teaching had to be free of charge. The project depends entirely on contributions from various sponsors. If you or your company would like to support the Ikateleng project, please contact Chris Windell.