The Distance Intervention Programme (DIP)

The Distance Intervention Programme (DIP) is a learning-support schedule for candidates wishing to enrol in the College from the SOS-Children’s Villages in Africa. In its full form, the programme covers two academic years of English, Mathematics and Science as the main subjects. 

The course content and suggested approaches to its delivery are designed to build on what candidates have learnt within their regular programmes at school in order to meet the demands of the SOS-HGIC entrance examinations. The DIP is not meant to supplant the national curricula of participating countries.

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The programme principles

The DIP,

- know which topics have already been covered in the different subjects

- know what skills and understandings have been well established

- know the pace and style of learning of candidates

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The process involves

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In late March or early April of each year, teams of teachers from HGIC visit various Recruitment Centres to administer entrance tests in English, Mathematics and Science to candidates who successfully completed the DIP. Both the results of the entrance examination and the recruitment teams’ evaluation reports on face-to-face interviews with candidates are used by the College to make admission decisions in May.

Presently, the DIP is run in twenty seven (27) SOS Children’s Villages in 12 countries across Africa. These countries are Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The current HGIC DIP Coordinator is Paul E. Ahiable (Physics Tutor and Director of Boarding).