With the recent matric results making the news, it is with great pride that Tau Rapulana School in Itsoseng, North West, learnt that their Matric pass rate came in at a high-achieving 96.29%, which is a huge increase on the school's 2008 pass rate of 39% prior to their participation in the Bodibe Whole School Development Project.
This achievement is largely due to Lafarge Education Trust and Adopt-a-School Foundation that have provided support to Tau Rapulana, ensuring that the learners at this rural school receive a good education from quality teachers and teaching aides. To date, the school benefited from a new library, science laboratory and various educator and learners skills development interventions.
However, it also takes a great leader to help build and maintain high standards in a school and in this case the credit goes to Principal Herman Madimabe who takes his role in educating the youth of South Africa very seriously. "I would like to extend my thanks to the governing body at our school, the staff (school management team and educators), as well as the hard work and dedication of our learners to achieving such good results. I feel honoured to be a part of this," he comments.
Embracing the Whole School Development concept, learners at Tau Rapulana won the 2011 Bodibe Soccer League championship for both girls and boys teams.
Principal Madimabe's commitment to improving education has also earned him an invitation from the Ambassador of the United States to participate in the United States Government's International Visitor Leadership Program, which is an exchange programme between South Africa and America that was offered to him through Wits University after he attended the Executive Leadership course, sponsored by the Lafarge Education Trust.
Thanks to a grant covering all travel, accommodation and food provided to him by the US Government, Mr. Madimabe set off for Washington, D.C. on 6 January 2012 to begin working on this comprehensive exchange programme of which he'll be partaking in the Single Country Project focusing on "Promoting Leadership and Management in Basic Education", from 9 to 27 January 2012.
"I want to thank Lafarge Education Trust and Adopt-a-School Foundation for their support and for exposing me to the Executive Leadership Programme at Wits. Right now this is the fruit of their support," he states.
The exchange will offer the principal insight into the American society and educational system as he will be given the opportunity to visit like-minded people in his profession and enjoy not only learning about the "American way" but also sharing information about South Africa. "I am very excited as I feel as I am going on an adventure where I don't know what to expect on the other side," says PrincipaI Madimabe and adds, "I intend to enlighten them about our education system and the challenges we face in a rural school and how we overcome these challenges."
Lafarge is extremely proud of Mr. Madimabe and his school's achievements and wishes him a knowledgeable and learned experience during his time in the States, as well as a 2012 pass rate that soars all the way to 100%.