The St Anne's Education in Partnership Programme [STEPP] is an independently funded, non-profit, social responsibility programme, housed at St Anne's College. The College offers its resources, expertise and grounds to make education accessible to under-resourced schools, teachers and learners.
Grade 11 girls manage, monitor and administer six of the STEPP partnerships. The focus of these six partnerships is Early Childhood Development [ECD]. Weekly activities focus on literacy, numeracy and readiness for Grade One with schools that are within twenty minutes' drive of the College.
Important skills that are transferred to learners and teachers focus on developing all motor skills, learning colours, sequencing, matching and abstract thinking such as puzzling. Within the Design and Technology curriculum girls make the puzzles and abaci.
STEPP partners with Government to improve Grade 12 Maths and Science in senior schools in the Vulindlela region by providing laboratories for practical lessons and training staff in methodologies that will improve learner performance. These partnerships are made possible through regular funding received from Anglo American Chairman's Fund and other sponsors.
STEPP runs SMILE literacy for 98 Grade Five learners from Noqgaza School and has established a community library on the grounds of the learners' school. A second library has been established at Umthoqotho School and is being filled as we read. Staff and girls visit Umgeni Friends weekly and the President's Award is an added bonus to the STEPP department.