Towards the mountain: characteristics and implications of the South African UPTTRAIL pilot project

Dawid Van der Vyver, Beatriz Capdevielle

Abstract


In this article Professor van der Vyver, Chairman of the Exkcutive Committee of the
UPITRAIL * Trust, states in the first place the goal of the UPITRAIL pilot project,
which is to demonstrate convincingly that it can effectively contribute towards
addressing the needs outlined by Professor Thembela in the previous article. In the
second place he describes the endeavours that preceded and contributed to the
inception of the pilot project and of the educational Trust which administers it. In the
third place he describes the pilot project, in which a representative sample of K waZulu
teachers were taught English, teaching and thinking skills by means of SALT.
In the second part of the article Mrs Beatriz Capdevielle of Project Intelligence,
Venezuela, draws attention to the social, economic and political implications of the pilot
project. Throughout history only a few people have benefited from the growing corpus of
scientific knowledge which permits the development of human intelligence and potential.
The UPITRAIL pilot project endeavours to place the benefits of knowledge in the hands
of all people, to achieve total and responsible participation by all members of society,
especially the blacks, in the social, economic and political life of South Africa.
In hierdie artikel sit professor Van der Vyver, Voorsitter van die Uitvoerende Komitee
van die UPITRAIL Trust, in die eerste plek die doe! uiteen van die UPITRAIL-loodsprojek
wat oortuigend moet demonstreer dat dit kan bydra om in die behoeftes soos deur professor
Thembela in die vorige artikel uiteengesit, te voorsien. Tweedens beskryfhydie aanvanklike
pogings wat bygedra het tot die ontstaan van die loodsprojek en van die opvoedkundige
Trustwat dit administreer. Derdens beskryfhy die loodsprojekwaar 'n verteenwoordigende
groep KwaZulu-onderwysers se Engels-, onderrig- en denkvaardighede verbeter is d.m.v.
SALT-metodes.
In die tweede gedeelte van die artikel vestig mev. Beatriz Capdevielle van die Project
Intelligence, Venezuela, die aandag op die sosiale, ekonomiese en politieke implikasies van
die loodsprojek. Deur die geskiedenis het net 'n klein groepie mense gebaat by die
groeiende korpus wetenskaplike kennis wat die ontwikkeling van menslike intelligensie en
potensiaal toelaat. Die UPITRAIL-loodsprojek poog om die voordele van kennis vir alle
mense beskikbaar te stet om sodoende totale en verantwoordelike deelname van alle lede
van die gemeenskap, vera! van die swartes, moontlik te maak in die sosiale, ekonomiese en
politieke !ewe van Suid-Afrika.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5785/5-1-446

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