GROWING TEACHERS FOR TOMORROW
We develop professional and passionate teachers by offering promising, previously and financially disadvantaged students full bursaries to study long-distance towards a teaching degree, while gaining valuable experience by working full-time as teacher interns at top schools.
We are a non-profit organisation and an independent trust. We rely on donor funding and the goodwill of our volunteers to do our work.
We have an independent verification confirming a B-BBEE SED recognition of 100%, and we can provide donors with S18A tax certificates.
WHAT SETS US APART
OUR INTERNS ARE NOT STRANGERS TO US.
- We source our interns from previously disadvantaged and financially underprivileged communities that we know well.
WE SUPPORT THEM BEFORE THEY RECEIVE BURSARIES.
- We start supporting our interns during school through our Matric Support Programme to help them achieve the best final school results that they can, and we start preparing them for life after school.
WE ENSURE THAT THEY ARE SUITED TO TEACHING.
- During matric, our intern candidates need to complete an aptitude test and they job-shadow teachers at a top Johannesburg school for a week.
- The application process includes a character assessment, a letter of motivation and numerous interviews.
OUR COMPREHENSIVE AND LAYERED MENTORING SYSTEM.
- Each intern has two mentors: A Workplace Mentor and a Goodwill Mentor.
- They receive individual additional academic tuition, have full access to a psychologist and have free access to Realema’s Director.
- They receive additional life skills workshops and share knowledge in monthly gatherings.
OUR PARTNER SCHOOL SYSTEM.
- Our Partner Schools are top schools who support our vision and give freely of their time and expertise to help our interns succeed.
WE OFFER THEM FULL ACCOMMODATION.
- All our interns receive food and lodging at our Partner Schools. This eliminates daily commuting stress and expenses, and reduces some of the pressures they may experience in their home environments.
In 2013, Patrick Lees (Head of St John’s Preparatory School) and Pieter Steyn (then Head of Masibambane College) decided to offer teacher internships to deserving matric candidates from Masibambane College, to provide them with a tertiary education opportunity and address the dearth of good teachers in South Africa. Pier Myburgh joined them shortly after, to create and implement a sustainable programme plan. Since then, we have grown exponentially, and are honoured to partner with some of the top schools in and around Johannesburg.
OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
Many teachers and volunteers offer hours of their time and expertise to contribute to Realema's success, and we are grateful to them all.
Patrick Lees is a passionate educator with over 20 years experience as a teacher. He has been headmaster of St John's Preparatory School for the past eight years and has a heartfelt desire to develop teachers in the holistic interest of children. He is passionate about transformation and leading a school and teacher development programmes that are relevant to the South African context, while also at the cutting edge of global education.
Pier Myburgh started her working life as a journalist at the Financial Mail. She became a stockbroker in 1988 and continued to trade derivatives for ten years, during which time she owned her own stockbroking business. She has completed a Masters’ Degree in Creative Writing and published several short stories in South Africa and the USA. After heading up sustainability departments at financial institutions, she joined Patrick Lees in 2013, to help him design, launch and implement Realema’s strategy.
Susan Crosse qualified as a chartered accountant in 2000 after completing her articles at Deloitte. Her career included both external and internal audit, as well as a financial director role for a medium sized short- and long-term insurance company. While studying honours in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, she joined the St John’s College Foundation. Her passion for improving our country by growing passionate and capable teachers was kindled and she is now part of the Realema team.
WHAT WE DO
Our programme is divided into two parts: the matric year and the four subsequent years of long-distance tertiary studies for a B.Ed degree, while working as teacher interns at top schools.
We provide academic and emotional support to matrics (and at times to learners in lower grades) so that they can achieve the best matric results possible. Matrics are invited to apply to join the programme as Realema Matric Candidates at the start of each year.
TEACHER INTERNSHIP BURSARIES
We offer full bursaries that include accommodation and living expenses, internship salary, IT equipment, university fees, individual academic tutoring, psychological and other professional support. A comprehensive mentoring program includes the appointment of individual workplace and goodwill mentors, enrichment outings and life-skills coaching. In addition, the interns become fully integrated into the teaching faculty and all aspects of the academic, sporting and extra-curricular lives of the Partner Schools where they are placed.
We get to know the Realema candidates during their matric year via our Matric Support Programme. Each year, we adjust the support we offer according to the needs of the matrics and Masibambane College.
The 2017 matric support included:
Introduction and feedback session
Saturday School - academic tuition
Life Skills Workshops
Winter School at St John’s College - job shadowing
Introduction to other internship opportunities
The Academy (for selected matrics), which offers academic and life skills support to children from grade 10 - 12.
TEACHER INTERNSHIP BURSARY
The bursary includes:
Accommodation and living expenses
Full university fees, books and other study materials
Laptop, Software and IT support and training where needed
Mentoring: Multi-tier mentoring system
Professional and life skills development
Total cost per intern per annum: R188 600
Total cost per intern for the four years to complete a teaching degree: R754 400
We only offer a bursary if we have donations or strong pledges in place to cover the four years that it takes to complete a teaching degree.
Our Partner Schools provide accommodation and food and pay the interns’ stipend. Some partner schools also offer to pay the university fees.
In 2018, we offered 30 internship bursaries to students from Orange Farm (an impoverished township located 45 km south of Johannesburg), and the inner-city areas of Johannesburg, such as Berea, Yeoville and Hillbrow.
WITHOUT OUR WONDERFUL PARTNERS, REALEMA WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE.
We partner with top schools in and around Johannesburg, who freely share their expertise and teaching resources with our interns. Our interns receive a stipend, and food and lodging at the schools, which greatly reduces the stress and expense that goes with commuting and living away from home.
Realema means to grow, plow or farm. Just like the African Rock Rose, our interns are beautiful, grateful and hardy. We rely on donations to do our work, and behind every gift that we receive, is an individual or group of people who understands the importance of transforming teaching in South Africa, to secure a future for our children and grandchildren.
MENTORS AND FRIENDS
We pride ourselves on the depth and quality of support that we offer our interns – from matric until they graduate with a Bachelor of Education degree. Our mentoring programmes rely heavily on volunteers; we are most grateful to our many wonderful mentors and friends, who help us grow the teachers of tomorrow.
NEWS AND VIEWS
Our interns again achieved excellent results. They set a very high academic standard, while also adjusting to new living environments and working full-time at their respective schools. When selecting our interns, we don’t necessarily choose the strongest academic performers; our selection process focuses on passion and aptitude for teaching, potential and financial need.
MEET OUR FIRST GRADUATE
Sifiso Adams graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Intermediate and Senior Phase) at UNISA, with three distinctions in his final year. He continues his studies at the University of Johannesburg with an Honours in Education Management and Leadership.
2018 INTAKE READY TO START
Our five new 2018 interns received their laptops and are all registered and ready to take on the challenge of long-distance study!
HELP US GROW TEACHERS
MAKE A DONATION
Your donation will help us to discover and grow the best teaching potential from our communities.
Contact before making a donation, if you wish to receive a B-BBEE verification and a S18A tax certificate.
You can make a direct deposit to the following bank account:
Realema Teacher Intern Programme
Ref: Your name and email so that we can acknowledge your generosity (you may elect to remain anonymous).