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ABOUT

 

Located 35km southeast of the Johannesburg city centre, the Ithuba Community College Johannesburg (ICC JHB) lies on the edge of Katlehong, the second largest township in South Africa and one of the poorest areas in Johannesburg.

 

The college’s catchment area is a marginalized urban area with a high level of poor households and informal settlements. Unemployment amongst young people is above 60%. The availability of schools and training facilities is limited. Children and youth often grow up in social environments where positive freedoms and choices are limited. ICC JHB aims at providing quality education to children and youth in the community.

 

ICC JHB currently teaches 268 learners. In addition, it provides vocational education at its Skills College for 190 young adults every year.

At ICC JHB, we teach learners from grade R to grade 7. We offer support for graduates transitioning into secondary education. This is managed in partnership with Katlehong School of Specialisation, which is an elite vocational school operated by the Gauteng Department of Education. Katlehong SoS provides our learners with free access (including transport) to quality education, right up until matriculation.

mission

ICC JHB is an inclusive learning space offering quality education to children and youth. We support the public education system and seek to improve the educational offerings available locally. We provide our learners with individual support to develop their academic, creative, social, physical and vocational competences.

 

Our graduates act in self-determination and solidarity. They contribute to the sustainable development of their households, their community and a diverse and democratic South Africa within a global society.

 
 

Parent Information

Enrolment takes place in May, the year before the student begins. The academic year is divided into four terms, ending in December.

 

The school day starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

 

Our entrepreneurship education, skills and aftercare programmes run from Monday to Thursday, starting at 2:00 p.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m. All supervision of learners ends at 4:00 p.m.

Compulsory schooling begins with kindergarten (grade R) and lasts at least 9 years, with a maximum of 12 school years ending with matriculation.

At ICC JHB, we teach students from grade R to grade 7. We offer support for graduates transitioning into further education. This is managed in partnership with a neighbouring high school, allowing our graduates quality education right up until matriculation.

 

THe ithuba community centre

 

The Community Centre (CC) serves as a link between Ithuba and the communities of our catchment area. Its aim is to support social and cultural initiatives by community members of all age groups. Based on an emancipatory-participatory approach, it assists community initiatives in organizing and implementing programs and events. This support entails:

 

  • Providing assistance to workshops

  • Coaching of individuals and groups

  • Preparation and provision of infrastructure, materials, transport, and premises

  • Subsidizing event budgets

 

In strengthening existing community capacities and resources, the CC seeks to improve the availability of educational, recreational, cultural and social opportunities in the area. The organization of community events supports informal learning processes and the further development of self-efficacy.

 

School Partnerships

Ithuba Community College Johannesburg works in partnership with two other schools:

W@lz Schule logo

The W@lz school is a private high school in Vienna, Austria. For three weeks a year, 30 learners from this school work as interns at day care centres in the local community, and support leisure and play programs at the college. A small group also supports our construction team with maintenance work.

Von Gutschman - Eigenes Werk, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33719113

HTL Mödling is Austria's largest school and the largest technical school in the EU. For six weeks each year, HTL sends 6 teachers to run courses in construction and woodwork at our skills centre. During this time, they also train teachers at Katlehong School of Specialisation.

 

our buildings

Ithuba is intrinsically linked to architecture, and all of our buildings have been thoughtfully designed to provide a beautiful, sustainable, and ergonomic learning environment.

The school is constantly evolving and growing - here is a history of our buildings!

2008

MOJO CLASSROOM

Classroom and Workshop

 

University: TU Graz

Project Leader: Gernot Kupfer

 

ILA GOES SOUTH AFRICA!

 

The ILA Institute for landscape architecture of the BOKU Wien has shown a high level of commitment for this project. Students from the University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Vienna are designing the landscape of Ithuba Community College.

 

University: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien

Project Team: Lilli Licka, Alexander Haumer, Arnaud Foramitti

 

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

Reception, workshop, and administration

 

University: FH Salzburg / TU Graz

Project Leader: Peter Stiehl

 

RESIDENTIAL UNIT 1

Housing

 

University: TU GrazProject

Project Leader: Peter Schreibmayer (Master Thesis)

 

RESIDENTIAL UNIT 2

Housing for teachers

 

University: TU München

Project Leader: Markus Dobmeier

 

ITHUBA HALL

Hall for dance, events, theatre, and classes

 

University: RWTH Aachen

Project Leader: Bernadette Heiermann

schap!

Classroom and Workshop

 

University: Fachhochschule Kärnten

Project Team: Peter Ningst, Elias Rubin, Studierende der FH Kärnten

 

mojo 1

Workshop

University: TU Graz, TU Wien

Project Team: Gernot Kupfer, Peter Stiehl

 

MOJO 2

Residential Building

 

University: TU Graz, TU Wien

Project Team: Gernot Kupfer, Peter Stiehl

 

Classroom and workshop

Classroom and Workshop

University: Hochschule Anhalt - Dessau

Project Team: Claus Dießenbacher, Carola Rauch, Sebastian Ott

 

SLum tube

Pallet House

 

University: TU Wien

Project Team: Andreas Claus Schnetzer, Gregor Pils

2009

2010

iphiko 1 aka pink giraffe

Elementary school building

University: Kunstuniversität Linz

Project Team: Roland Gnaiger, Clemens Quirin, Elias Rubin, employees and students of the department 'die architektur'

Partner: s2arch, BASEhabitat

 

iphiko 2 aka pink giraffe

Elementary school building

University: Kunstuniversität Linz

Project Team: Corinna König, Patricia Porsch, Elias Rubin, employees and students of the department 'die architektur'

Partner: s2arch, BASEhabitat

 

Library and classroom

University: Universität Laibach

Project Team: Anja Plasnicek, Alex Vodopicec

2011

schap! 2

School and workshop building

University: Fachhochschule Kärnten

Project Team: Peter Nigst, Elias Rubin

 

metal workshop

University: buildCollective

Project Team: Elias Rubin, Marlene Wagner

Classroom and Laboratory

 

University: RTWH Aachen

Project Team: Bernadette Heiermann, Elias Rubin

celebration hall

Elementary school

University: Universität Laibach

Project Team: Anja Plasnicek, Alex Vodopicec

classroom

University: FH Kärnten

Project Team: Peter Nigst, Elias Rubin

2012

2013

2014

classroom

University: FH Kärnten

Project Team: Peter Nigst, Elias Rubin

 

kindergarten

University: FH Winterthur

Project Team: Stephan Mäder-Mächler, Stefan Zopp

Classroom

Elementary school

Project Team: Elias Rubin, Marlene Wagner

Implementation: Students of the Ithuba Community  College

classroom

Elementary school

Project Team: Elias Rubin

Implementation: Students of the Ithuba Community College

classroom

Elementary school

Project Team: Elias Rubin​, Erhard Halmer

Implementation: Students of the Ithuba Community College in cooperation with EZA HTL Mödling

primary school buildings

 

Project Team: Elias Rubin​, Marlene Wagner

Implementation: Former students of the Ithuba Community College

2015