From a historical perspective, TSF has always been involved in looking for alternatives in education, starting at CIDA City Campus in the late ‘90’s where we supplied start-up capital for their first campus building. Recognising the value of the ‘inside-out approach’ within both formal and innovative University level institutions, we have provided catalytic support for initiatives ranging from the Education Development Unit (EDU) at the UCT Commerce Faculty to the innovative Consciousness-Based The Maharishi Institute.
Both of these examples have provided exciting returns on our investments, with the mainstream challenges faced by Universities across South Africa presenting the creator of the EDU model with an unexpected but ideal platform for passing on the experience gained. Playing a core advisory role within the national student fee support program (ISFAP), the model now provides critical academic and social support for the students. Based on the lessons and methods learned within the EDU unit, it provides support for students throughout their degree, enhances and develops the learning experience, improves academic success, cultivates broad graduate attributes and qualities, and provides students with a range of value- added components.
We also co-fund the NQT Project at UCT with HCI Foundation which provides support to Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) students starting out their teaching careers.