BRIDGE, in partnership with JET and CIE, is currently working on a project that aims to effect real and long lasting positive change in the education outcomes of 10 public schools in Sekhukhune, Limpopo. BRIDGE’s ongoing work on the project involves a monthly visit to the schools in question. On one such visit, the BRIDGE team took the opportunity to pilot its Post School Access Map. The map is a comprehensive, online resource packed with information and practical guidelines on different post-school learning pathways. It aims to support the transition of young people from the education system into the world of work, either in employment or in entrepreneurship.
The map was piloted among 20 learners from the LEAP Maths and Science School and Lengama Senior Secondary School. Learners spent a few minutes engaging with the tool before reporting back on its efficacy. The overall feedback was incredibly positive. Learners remarked that the map was comprehensive, easy to navigate and contained useful information. The platform’s links to supplementary websites was also well received, as was its information on different learning and career options. Notably, BRIDGE’s map is focused on a number of post-school pathways, not just higher education. This distinction was noted by a learner who explained: “I thought I could only study the subject I want to at university, but now I see that there are options outside of university. I can study at a TVET college or get training as an artisan.”
BRIDGE has piloted the map among another learner focus groups in Pietermaritzburg and is now moving to publicise the tool more widely.