Mitchell House Legacy Foundation

Legacy

About Mitchell House Legacy Foundation

Mitchell House Legacy Foundation was launched in October 2016 to champion the various Legacy projects. The long-term goal of the Mitchell House Legacy Foundation is "to empower all learners to reach their full potential". This broad developmental aspiration of Mitchell House is the inheritance or legacy to be left behind for future generations at the school and beyond within the broader Polokwane and Limpopo community.

Focus Areas

Special focus areas were chosen carefully to contribute to the following South African educational challenges:
  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) from conception until six years of age largely defines the future abilities of an individual. Limpopo has a very young population and the demand for ECD is high. The problems include affordability and quality of ECD; poverty, parenting skills as well as shortage of qualified professionals are amongst the key issues impacting the optimal growth and development of children.
  • In South Africa, up to 70% of children of school-going age with disabilities are out of school. The problems that the country encounters vary from negative perceptions to the availability of special needs education to the limited inclusion of learners with disabilities in the mainstream classrooms.
  • South Africa's performance is poor, in comparison to the rest of the world, in integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into teaching and learning as well as 21st Century skills requirements pose the school system and the country as a whole a real challenge to tackle with.

The picture on the left illustrates the Legacy focus areas. Infrastructure and facilities at the bottom form the foundation supporting the holistic education. The legacy educational excellence focus areas are: ECD, Special Needs Education, ICT, Maths and Science as well as Arts, Culture and Sports to complement the academic education. The educational Centre of Excellence is to be felt beyond the Mitchell House families at the broader community through outreach programmes. The long-term Legacy goal of "learners reach their full potential", is captured on top.

Partnerships

Over the years Mitchell House (the school) has, through various partnerships, built an attractive campus as well as implemented community outreach activities including e.g. bursaries for learners with special needs at Enrichment Centre; Mathematics and Science campus for both educators and students from rural schools; computer training; and college scholarships. The key partners in the past and present are Anglo American Platinum, Pathways and Round Table.

Achievements

The Nutrition Centre and Change Rooms opened doors in March 2018.

Anglo American Platinum is sponsoring full scholarship (full tuition and boarding) for nine pupils in the College. These pupils come from Mapela, one of the mining affected communities.

Get Involved

Legacy Foundation is looking for parnerships for its various programmes.

Individual contributions are also welcome.

For futher engagement on possible partnership and collaboration in educational excellence - transforming South Africa through education, and ensuring that each learner may reach his/her full potential, please do contact Ms Mapatha.

Pauliina Mapatha

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