The urgent need among high school learners for guidance on future choices forms part of the SBA’s bridge building project. The programme model is based on mentorship and guidance to learners from Grades 9 to 12 over a period of 4 years regarding subject choices, fields of study and career choices – all within a holistic sphere where personal development receives attention. Learners are, as it were, guided across the bridge from scholar to student and ultimately active role player within their community as a young adult.
This year the project includes 20 Grade 10 learners from Vredendal Secondary, Nuwerus High School, Cederberg Academy (Citrusdal) and Jan Kriel School (Kuils River) who were included in the program last year, as well as 40 new Grade 9 candidates from Roodezandt Secondary respectively. (Saron), De La Bat School for the Deaf (Worcester), Zwartberg High School (Prince Albert), Thembalethu Secondary School (George), Albertinia High School and De Rust Futura (Grabouw).
The Grade 9 learners will receive professional subject choice guidance and guidance throughout the year to put them on the right track with a view to final choices regarding fields of study, while the Grade 10 group will have a workshop from 18 – 20 June, aimed at community involvement and leadership development, attending in Cape Town.
The ultimate goal of the project is to create full-fledged individuals who can reach their full potential and have a desire to give back to other young people in their community by acting as role models.