GRADE 8 – 11 | The 8 Pillars
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The 8 Pillars is an extended learning program offered to learners in grades 6 – 9 and 10 -12.
This unit introduces the learner to the concept of innovation, the reasons why innovation exists and provides the learner with detailed information about the different tools that can be used to drive innovation.
To further entrench important concepts into the learner’s ability, we look at successful innovations in modern times, current events around innovation in the news, and we end this great topic off with some project ideas. As the 8 pillars are all interlinked, we highlight common “bricks” to the other 7 pillars.
What on earth is going on around us? This unit exposes the learners to events and happenings that are occurring around the globe presently. We take a look at world powers and how these are currently changing.
The continuing Israeli- Palestinian conflict is touched on as well as other lesser-known world conflicts that are happening continuously.
Understanding and using strategy in life can be a tool. In this unit, we introduce the student to what strategy is and why it is important in life.
We look at three main spheres where strategy is used to accomplish an end goal, namely life, politics, and business. By looking at these different areas, the learners are exposed to topics that are not very commonly approached in our traditional schooling system.
Studying is often an overwhelming experience for many learners. Just the thought of getting through large amounts of content, with seemingly no start or end, can be very overwhelming.
In this unit, we expose the learner to tried and tested methods of studying, which will direct them in ways that will suite them and their own strengths and weaknesses.
It addresses time management and gives important tools to assist with busy schedules. Also included are helpful tips and strategies for effective schoolwork and routines that all provide for a more conducive environment for effective studying.
Starting a business does not have to be an overwhelming dream. In this unit, we start off looking at how to start a business and then move on to how to manage that business.
All aspects of starting a business are looked at in detail, allowing learners to grasp all the intricacies and cover all their bases when deciding to take on a new venture. Valuable tools are given, like how to write a business plan, to succeed in launching a successful business and then managing that business, are given.
We also look at the informal business sector in South Africa as well as some case studies of successful companies and how they started up.
In this Pillar we take an in-depth look at social media and the impact it has on many different aspects. We look at the advantages, disadvantages as well as some Do’s and Don’t’s when it comes to social media.
We tie in social media with business and how to use social media to help build your small business, as well as how social media in politics and the serious role it has played.
Where to even begin when thinking about a career? We look at some self-assessment techniques, as well as some questions to ask yourself to narrow down the suitable possibilities for you. We explore different training and further studying options available in South Africa, ranging from our universities to apprenticeships and volunteer options available.
There is also a section dedicated to entrepreneurs and the benefits of starting your own business compared to the more traditional career options.
Decision-making is an important part of everybody’s everyday life. We look at the definition as well as all the different elements of decision-making.
We analyse various models for decision-making in a variety of different contexts as well as some valuable case studies that unpack decision making.
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