The St Peter’s Teacher Intern programme began in 1997 with the vision of developing inspirational teachers from disadvantaged students, who will improve education for thousands of South African children.
The programme is managed by St Peter’s Prep Schools and currently has over 20 deserving young men and woman who have embarked on this life-changing opportunity.
The programme is 100% dependent on external funding. The money needed to fund the programme is raised and managed by the St Peter’s Foundation which is a registered PBO. Donations allow us to continue this valuable work, and by growing the number of interns, we will change many more lives.
Our carefully recruited interns study a 4 year B.Ed degree through the University of Johannesburg, and are in the classroom on a daily basis learning from our teachers and gaining invaluable experience. This builds both their teaching ability and their confidence, setting them up to begin their careers as confident teachers from day one.
We produce effective teachers by focusing on 4 key areas:
Ways of Learning: Academic qualification: to ensure the successful completion of a 4-year Bachelor of Education degree through the University of Johannesburg.
Way of Working: Classroom interface: to ensure the development of vital professional teaching competencies by daily hands-on experience in the classroom, individually guided by a variety of mentor teachers. The role a mentor teacher plays in the intern’s experience is life changing and effective mentoring of each intern is fundamental to the success of the programme.
Leadership Skills: this support seeks to create graduates with a leadership mind-set.
Way of Living: to ensure personal development through care and support and the focused intervention of coaching, self and personal mastery for individuals and teams.
Way of Giving: to give back to the community a gift of literacy while obtaining further experience in an alternative environment.
We truly are building a better South Africa through education!
We believe the impact of the programme is twofold. The Individual intern is given the opportunity to follow their dream of becoming a teacher and ultimately will impact on South Africa’s education. The St Peter’s children benefit each day by having an additional teacher in their classroom.
The school provides its expertise by providing class mentoring, training, evaluation and feedback. Our St Peter’s Foundation is constantly fundraising for the money needed to fund the programme.
Each Intern costs approx. R120 000 per year for 4 years (we make a 4 year commitment to each individual). This is made up of:
- University fees
- Books & study materials
- Daily meal
- Monthly stipend
- Psychosocial support and mentoring
At the end of the internship, the interns have the freedom to teach within any community of their choice.
Our interns are 100% black, Indian and coloured, and all donations to this initiative are eligible for 100% allocation towards BEE and CSI.
We are proud to be training teachers to make a difference in educating our country and we encourage you to engage with us on a real and meaningful level.