Inanda Seminary hope to lead the way in the training of teacher-interns in South Africa. We are currently carrying out projects to expand our intern programme and have also built a new intern accomodation block on campus. Interns will now reside in the new block or on the top floor of Stanwood cottage.
Teacher development is a significant constraint to improving educational outcomes in South Africa. To raise the quality of teaching and learning, it is our vision to train and grow inspired, high quality teachers from disadvantaged backgrounds through an internship programme. This programme, which expands on an existing internship programme, allows intern-teachers to be mentored and to observe and experience good quality teaching and learning whilst completing their formal studies towards a teaching qualification. The South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition (SAESC) is uniquely placed to develop teachers through this programme. This established network of well-functioning schools uses emerging internationally recognised best teaching practices and has a proven track record of working within disadvantaged communities. Intern-teachers will receive a bursary covering academic fees, study materials, living expenses, and a stipend. Over a 5 year period, each intern will slowly be integrated into the teaching and operating practices of a dynamic, high-performing school. On completion of this qualification, intern-teachers will be placed in SAESC and other South African schools. The SAESC is looking for funders wanting to invest in this programme.
All Inanda interns are mentored by senior teachers and attend the same proffessional development that the rest of the staff attend every week. Some are already in charge of their own classes. Their lessons are continuously observed and they are exposed to as much experience as possible. All interns work closely with the professional development & intern coordinators.
Our intern programme has grown. Added to our existing 6 intern teachers (N. Hlophe, N. Dladla, N. Khumalo, N. Madondo, A. Mqadi and M. Mntambo) we now have another 4. The new interns are Gugu Radebe who was a member last year. The other three interns are ISASA funded interns. Mmakau Monyela and Prudence Mashiana are B.Sc graduates. Nqobile Nkosi is a first year intern studying her B.ED. Ntokozo Thango an intern who started with us in 2013 gave birth to a baby boy and is returning to the Seminary in the second term.
For more information on our the SAESC intern-teacher programme, please download the follwing document: