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Anele Mdoda to host MySchool Dream School SA

Posted by radio On October - 16 - 2013

What happens when you take 15 youths that have “dropped out” of school and give them a second chance?

And what happens if we create a “dream school”, with amazing celebrity teachers willing to share their knowledge and passion, and see if these learners can rediscover education in a whole new way?

 

 

The new reality TV series MySchool Dream School SA which premiered on M-Net and Mzansi Magic on Sunday, 13th October at 17:00pm aims to help us find answers to these critical questions. The series is a South African first and aims to rekindle a 21st century generation’s love for learning. The series will also be simulcast on M-Net101, M-Net HD, Mzansi Magic and M-Net Series Channel.

 

 

Running for 13 weeks, MySchool Dream School SA takes the format of a documentary reality show and tries to answer one question: Can we re-engage the unengaged? Fifteen learners who have dropped out, or who are in danger of dropping out, come together for a two-week period and spend their time with celebrity teachers and mentors, opening a door for them to have another chance to complete their high school education. In a country where the matric pass rate is less than 80% and the unemployment rate is 25.6%; it is crucial to for any child to get a decent education to give themselves a chance at a better life.

 

 

The cast is the face of young South Africa. Natasha (17, Mitchell’s Plain), Zama (18, Soweto), Trevor (16, Durban), Nisaa (16, Manenberg), Lihle (17, Khayelitsha), Waunita (17, Pretoria), Monique (18, Johannesburg), Simphiwe (16, Langa), Keagan (15, Kempton Park), Thandeka (17, Dobsonville), Tshepo (19, Soweto), Masi (17, Woodstock), Chenique (15, Hanover Park), Vincent (15, Cape Town) and Nuraan (15, Hanover Park) are struggling to complete their high school education and all have their own unique stories. When they get together for Dream School SA they have the opportunity to re-engage with their educational journey.

 

 

With the aim of inspiring young people MySchool Dream School SA has an impressive line-up of educators and celebrities. Hosted by Anele Mdoda, with Johan Volsteedt (recently retired from Grey College) as headmaster, the rest of the teaching ‘staff’ includes the likes of South African struggle hero Denis Goldberg, journalist and author Tim Butcher, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Cobra’s coach Paul Adams, Freshly Ground’s Zolani Mahola, celebrity cook Karen Dudley, and Dance for All’s Philip Boyd. Covering all school subjects, and using cutting-edge iPad technology, MySchool Dream School SA focuses as much on the learner’s emotional well-being as on their academic education, with the daily involvement of a psychologist and also including subjects such as dance, cooking, and life skills.

 

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