GROWING TEACHERS FOR TOMORROW
We offer comprehensive bursaries to talented and hard-working black students, who could not otherwise afford a tertiary degree, to study for a Bachelor of Education degree, while gaining valuable work experience as full-time teacher interns at top schools. We help our bursary recipients escape the povery cycle by building sustainable careers in teaching, while also developing the passionate and professional teachers that South Africa so badly needs.
WHAT SETS US APART
OUR INTERNS ARE NOT STRANGERS TO US.
- We source our interns from previously disadvantaged and financially underprivileged communities through schools and programmes that we know well.
WE SUPPORT THEM BEFORE THEY RECEIVE BURSARIES.
- We start supporting our interns during school through our Matric 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 counsellor and have free 24/7 access to Realema’s Management.
- 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. During the four years of their internship, they receive unparrallelled work experience, which ensures a professional approach to teaching once they graduate.
WE OFFER THEM FULL ACCOMMODATION.
- 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.
WE OFFER ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Distance study is challenging when you work full-time. Our interns receive a laptop, individual academic tutoring, lessons in time management, study skills, etc. and administrative support to help set them up for academic success.
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 in Orange Farm (a township south of Johannesburg), 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 our prospective bursary recipients during matric (their last year of school), when we give them life skills lessons such as stress management, study skills, sexual wellbeing and interview skills. They also complete comprehensive aptitude tests and job shadow teachers for a week at a school in Johannesburg, so that they can experience what it feels like to be a teacher and make informed choices about their future. Towards the end of their matric year, after an extensive selection process, successful candidates are offered Realema bursaries.
TEACHER INTERNSHIP BURSARY
Tertiary bursary: We support bursary recipients for the four years that it takes them to complete a BEd degree. The interns become fully integrated into the teaching faculty of our Partner Schools. The bursaries include:
University fees and books
Accommodation and food
Laptop and IT support
Individual academic tutoring
Professional psychological counselling
Comprehensive mentorship that includes two mentors per intern
Life skills workshops such as financial management, workplace etiquette, time management and goal setting
Assistance with medical aid
Assistance in applying for teaching posts after graduation
Total cost to Realema/intern/annum: R101 597
Total cost per intern for the four years to complete a teaching degree: R406 388
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.
We offered 35 internship bursaries in 2020. Eleven students have already graduated through Realema and are working in South African schools as full-time professional teachers. We expect another nine students to graduate at the end of 2020.
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.
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).