The Mitchell’s Plain Education Forum (MPEF) has launched many campaigns since its inception, and continues to strive to help every young person in Mitchell’s Plain to gain access to the best education possible.
The MPEF initiated programmes giving mathematics and science tutorials, which was taken over by the Western Cape Education Department (and unfortunately since discontinued). It works at addressing school sport and extramural initiatives, as well as successfully co-ordinating ‘second chance’ programmes for Grade 12s who achieve poor results, and mobilising support to improve school infrastructure.
The MPEF launched the Mitchell’s Plain Skills Centre, where youth are taught skills aimed to launch them into the world of work or of entrepreneurship.
The MPEF continues to actively address challenges facing the youth of the community, including issues around placing all pupils in schools, and raising the pass rates and grades achieved. It seeks to improve the quality of education at primary schools, and supports well-functioning, active and dynamic school governing bodies at every school.
The expansion of opportunities for early childhood development to every child in Mitchell’s Plain is another objective that the MPEF strives for.
Under the auspices of the Mitchell’s Plain Education Forum the Mitchell’s
Plain Skills Centre was established in Westridge Shopping Centre with the generous support of both the MERSETA and Chemical SETA.
The purpose of the skills centre is to bring technical and business skills training to residents of Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding areas, including Khayelitsha. However employers, employees and private learners from all over the Western Cape are encouraged to train here.
Programmes and short courses in skills such as furniture making, cabinet making, computer training, bookkeeping and accounting are on offer. Hundreds of young people have also been trained in entrepreneurship and taught important life skills.
The majority of these learners have now either found work or have themselves established small enterprises.
For further information see http://mitchellsplainskillscentre.co.za/
The PPA is a professional organisation established with the aim of supporting and creating a truly non-sexist and democratic education system. As an association they would like to see those responsible deliver on their promises to level the education playing fields. The PPA aims to address the issue of equal number of teachers and non-teaching staff as well as the provision of equal physical and sport infrastructure across all schools.
The association stands firmly with the poor to assist schools as best they can, and strives to provide access to information and raise awareness of the socio-economic circumstances affecting the best interest of learners and educators. It aims to form meaningful and mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses and individuals to raise funds to assist schools and help learners with bursaries.
For further information see http://www.ppa-sa.co.za/