Workshop to improve Free State rural education

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pretoria - In a bid to improve quality learning and teaching in rural schools, the Free State Department of Education is hosting a two-day rural education workshop to ponder learner support issues such as school transport, feeding schemes, hostels, HIV and Aids and learner pregnancy.

The two-day workshop, which kicks off today at the Old Vista University, has targeted principals of farm schools and is expected to be attended by 600 delegates.

Providing proper support to farm school principals is part of interventions geared at improving quality learning and teaching in rural schools.

During the workshop, Health, Agriculture and Social Development Departments as well as the South African Police Service will also elaborate on their support programmes offered to address some of the challenges faced by farm learners.

Provincial Department spokesperson Howard Ndaba said as part of improving rural education, 13 000 books will be donated and handed over to the department by Sony SA, where about 153 farm schools will benefit from the programme. 

"Laptops and a mobile library bus will also be handed over to the head of department by South African Primary Education Support Initiative," the department said.