I HAVE A DREAM
A program to motivate High School Learners to focus on Career
Primary goal currently is to improve Maths and Science in underprivileged schools. Our method is to be based in a school (usually worst performing one) and stay on until we have made a difference. There are 3 main programs:
Studies have shown large majority of high school learners in underprivileged schools do not get proper support, role models and guidance regarding career from family. Without this, learners do not see value in making extra efforts In difficult subjects like Maths & Science. Unfortunately, these subjects keeps getting more difficult as they progress to higher grades, since topics taught in a year is built on the topic taught in previous years. With majority of learners starting with weak foundation, inevitably most learner’s loose self -confidence, loose interest and give up Maths in High school. The alarmingly sharp decline in the number of learners taking maths and science in public schools every year is clear evidence of this.
Hence the need for a program that helps learners understand the importance of taking maths and science and reason to work extra hard at them. A program that also teaches how to set goals for themselves and work in a focused manner to achieve.
The title “I have a dream” comes from Martin Luther King’s iconic speech. It was made when America was steeped in racial inequality and despair. Just like how learners are today.
The speech repeatedly uses the words “I have a dream” to describe a clear vision of a just society. Similarly, we ask learners to also use the same words repeatedly to describe goals they set for themselves after matric. History shows that this speech succeeded in energizing Americans to create a movement that eventually got them success. Similarly, this program also seeks to develop and sustain the enthusiasm and energy among learners right till the day they sit to write Matric exams.
There are 5 stages of this program as follows: