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Sasolburg is lit with JumpStart’s terrific tutors

Sasolburg tutors celebrated an excellent year with JumpStart programme director, Jabu Thomo. “It’s time,” he said, “to celebrate their successful effort, both individually and collectively. The team has done very well, pulling together and building up the programme which is funded by SASOL. The tutors showed constructive teamwork, working well with each other, professional commitment to their own education, and dedication to the children in their classrooms.” Over a delicious lunch Jabu chatted to three of the ladies who are all UNISA students. One-on-one attention is a rare treat Maki Skabatso, teaches Grade 1s at Kopanelang Thuto and Taaibos Primary. This bubbly 28-year-old won first prize for mathematics when she was in Grade 7! This fact inspires her help the learners in her care to love – and understand! – maths as much as she did. Maki loves giving one-on-one sessions to the learners who need it most, but overcrowded classrooms don’t allow this much. […]

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Exciting prospects at Oosrand Secondary, Reiger Park

Oosrand Secondary School in Reiger Park is a great spot to be. High school learners here face exciting educational prospects, and their appetites for technology have been aroused. Planning for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) The ICT committee of the Ekurhuleni South Education District Office is planning to develop a centre of learning excellence in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Firstly, this aims to provide students with better prospects for tertiary education. Secondly, it exposes young people to the possibility of careers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Peter Arendse, Oosrand Secondary‘s deputy principal, is a committed and conscientious educator. He expressed his delight that learners could participate in the JumpStart Programme in future. “It’s been painful to see our learners exiting the system without ICT skills or meaningful qualifications. Therefore we’re putting our best foot forward. We want this community to grow and develop and we want this […]

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Award ceremony at Tamaho Primary

When Mbali Mpanza (Grade 6) and Kwakhanya Matyana (Grade 5) first attended the JumpStart Robotics and Coding Programme, winning an award was the last thing on their minds. The girls were shy and hung back from their classmates on that first day in January 2019. What was required? Could they keep up with the others? Most importantly, would the after school robotics programme at Tamaho Primary School be fun? Little did they know that by year end, they would be shaking the principal’s hand as they received Gold Awards for outstanding performance. Technical skills and social skills This was the year that they would meet their peers from primary schools throughout Gauteng and Mpumalanga in a significant contest at UNISA. Week by week from Monday to Thursday, they focused on acquiring new technical skills and developing social skills to enable them to work as a robotics team. The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) tournament offered the girls […]

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