Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty.) Ltd. (TSAM)
In 1992, to improve the basic scholastic abilities of elementary and junior high school children, TSAM began the Toyota Teach educational program, which is aimed at teachers and provides training in teaching methods for English, Mathematics and Science.
Training is offered to elementary school teachers in the Umlazi and three other areas of South Africa, where many TSAM employees live. Since 2005, the program has strengthened training on school operational methods targeting school governing bodies, school management teams and educators in different learning areas. The Whole School Development Program is centered upon ten focus areas such as school infrastructure, governance and relationships, curriculum provision and resources and financial management among others.
Ten schools were selected as model schools in 2009 and training will be offered to all teachers in those schools for three years. The first year is spent on the establishment of relationships and planning, conducting analyses, implementation of policies and the addressing of weaknesses.
The second year is more intensive work and the last year is used to plan the exit strategy. Every school is allocated a mentor who guides and assists them in all their areas of need. A mentor is also able to link the school with relevant facilitators who are highly qualified and skilled in the relevant fields.
Students at a model school of Toyota Teach study technology
The Trusttees & Committee members of the TSA Foundation arrive at KwaGumbi Primary School for a visit