– Above: The Calling Academy in Stellenbosch.

Werner Cloete, CEO of Calling Academy

In January 2018, a new independent high school was founded just outside Stellenbosch. Calling Academy provides top quality education to learners from low income communities. The school’s 176 boys come to the school from Khayamandi, Idasvalley, Cloetesville, Jamestown, Firgrove, Macassar, Eersteriver, Gordon’s Bay, Strand, Kuilsriver and Khayelitsha. The school will grow to 230 learners in Grade 8 to Grade 11 in 2021. Calling Academy’s dynamism and compelling vision have drawn outstanding teachers and learner applications have sky-rocketed.

Now, a fresh initiative is being launched: Calling Teachers’ Academy. The aim of this new development is to recruit top teaching talent and place the candidates on a long-term trajectory for an impactful career in education. 

Some of the Calling Academy's students.

Some of the Calling Academy’s students.

While the concept of an internship at a school is not unique, the powerful value-adds that candidates will experience is what will set the programme apart.

 Only a handful of students, who are completing their undergraduate studies in 2020, will be recruited to join the school as interns in 2021 where they will have some teaching responsibilities while they complete their PGCE through distance learning. Exciting collaborations with the Oxford Centre for Tutorial Studies, the Stellenbosch University Business School, The World Needs a Father, Aspire Training Solutions, Triga Ventures and other organisations, will provide a unique experience for the students as they are propelled towards an influential education career.

Innovative young leaders, who desire to make an impact with their entrepreneurial and academic abilities, are sought to be part of the first cohort of students. In the long run, the Calling Teachers’ Academy hopes to help address the shortage of top leadership talent in South African education.

An information evening will be held at Calling Academy on Thursday 10 September at 17:30. Contact Nerine at nlouwrens@callingeducation.org.za for more information or to register for updates.