|Address||41 Admiralty Way, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, 6001|
|Contact Person||Mrs Janet Blignaut|
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|Mobile No||082 202 2393|
Although the main project of the Eastern Cape branch is the National English Olympiad writing competition, the branch involves itself in many other activities –
Phakamani Creative Writing Project
The Star Schools
English classes are held every Saturday morning. The project is aimed at developing the maths and science of selected township pupils. English is included, as it is the medium of instruction.
College of Speech and Drama Teachers
An annual donation is made by the branch to the College of Speech and Drama teachers to help sponsor their public speaking competitions. In addition the branch sponsors the High Schools’ P ublic Speaking competition which is also run by the speech teachers in conjunction with Toast Masters.
The college representative has said that without SACEE’s sponsorship the school competitions would have to come to an end in Port Elizabeth.
NMMU Tutors’ Workshops
The branch continues to fund a Tutors’ workshop for graduate students run by Dr Di Ayliff at NMMU. These students, who tutor undergraduate students in small groups, have little knowledge of the communication skills needed. The tutors are taught how to help the undergraduate first-years with their grammar and expression. They are also given tuition on leadership and teaching skills as well as taught how to try to improve the students’ English.
Other sponsorships by the Eastern Cape
Sponsorship for supplying this pubication to two township schools was resumed in 2011. The Herald generously started to supply many schools with enough copies of the newspaper’s Tuesday edition for each Matric to receive his/her own copy. Mzi did report that some of the township schools were not receiving copies and this has now been taken up with the Herald.
Dumani school is a hard working Motherwell school and the branch have sponsored books for their library for several years. This sponsorship will continue.
Speech Teachers’ competition
The full high schools’ public speaking competition is sponsored by the Eastern Cape branch. This full festival will now only take place every second year. However, the teachers will run mini festivals at their indididual schools during the intervening years.
English Olympiad (FAL)
In 2014 the branch increased its sponsorship of the Top 20 winners and added a further R6000 for disbursement to the top 3 FAL Olympiad winners. In 2015 the branch voted to set aside R30,000 to be disbursed at the discretion of the FAL examiner – to be effective from 2016. It was envisaged that up to 5 awards of R6,000 each would be made