India’s outreach program in Soshanguve
High Commissioner Virendra Gupta of India adressing staff and pupils of Soshanguve High School
By MPHAHLELE KUNENE
7 April 2014
Principal of Soshanguve High School, Victoria Ledwaba, yesterday expressed her joy and appreciation to the High Commission of India in South Africa after High Commissioner Virendra Gupta, visited the school and undertook to launch educational outreach programmes in partnership with the school’s national curriculum.
Ledwaba said due to the fact that the school’s matric pass rate has been consistent on 60% and above over the past years proves that the High Commissioner’s visit was an indicator that hard work among both teachers and pupils is bearing fruit. “ I am humbled and excited about the High Commissioner Gupta’s visit to our school,” she said. “We are excited and blessed that among many schools in South Africa our school was chosen to be part of the high commission’s educational outreach programs,” Ledwaba said.
Ledwaba further said that this will serve well in the future in capacitating the pupils better academically when reaching tertiary level. The elated Ledwaba added that the High Commissioner’s commitment will certainly broaden the pupils outlook on education. She also highlighted that the school’s key focus is based on areas such as; science, environment, agriculture, computer application technology, human social sciences and sports. “The outreach programme will go a long way in being of value to the current and future pupils. More importantly it will broaden their minds,” Ledwaba added.
High Commissioner Gupta visited the school as part of merging the outreach programme with school in South Africa. In his brief address Mr Gupta said the Indian High Commission in South Africa is keen in partnering with local schools in educational outreach programmes such as maths and science, political science, entrepreneurship, technological science, agriculture, and sports. The High Commissioner also emphasized the importance of training techniques among teachers between South Africa and India. He pointed out that student exchange programmes will target pupils from Grade 8 to Grade 12.
High Commissioner Gupta also said the outreach programmes will be expanded to tertiary institutions. “Our high commission is in the process of forming partnerships with schools in South Africa to share commonality with our outreach programmes,” he said.
“Vidya Bhandarker, Professor of Communications at Siva Sivani Institute in Hyderabad, India, will be instrumental in connecting the school, the Indian High Commission and tertiary institutions between the two countries,” added Gupta. The outreach will award internships and scholarships to South African students and India in a form of exchange of international outreach programmes.