Staff and interns
With the teacher shortage in South Africa reaching pandemic proportions, we need to ensure that our teachers are trained correctly. We therefore focus our programme on training all our interns as we would our own staff, resulting in trained teachers who can then go back into their communities and make a significant difference in the lives of the thousands of children that they will teach throughout their careers.
Our intern programme provides for a monthly stipend and covers the full costs of education for the intern (including study fees, books and study materials). In addition, the interns are given a mentor, they're assisted with their assignments, they learn teaching skills and are exposed to all the training that our own staff members have received.
At the end of the internship, we hope to be able to employ these interns, but even if there are no positions available, the interns will be qualified teachers who can return to the greater community.
We also provide for our staff and interns to attend relevant conferences, both locally and internationally, where these fall outside of the schools’ budget.
In addition to St Peter’s, graduates of this programme can be found at a number of schools, including Diepsloot Combined School, Masibambane College and Philip Khuslik School – an ELSEN (Education for Learners with Special Education Needs) school – and Baragwanath Hospital.
A total of 80% of our interns are black, Indian and coloured, and all donations to this initiative are eligible for 100% allocation towards BEE and CSI.