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Terrific 20-something mathematics tutors learn and hope

JumpStart’s mathematics tutors kicked off 2020 with a whole lot of hope! These 20-year-olds gained many new skills at the orientation event in January. They also learned about the programme as they met returning tutors. Project Coordinator, Zintle Makumsha, chatted to four tutors about their experience at a workshop in January. How we learn to think Siwaphiwe Mtintsilana (22) who tutors at Tshabalala Primary said, “I learned that mathematics is not only about getting the right answer. It’s equally about the process of getting to the desired destination.” The discussions around learning excited him. Siwaphiwe said, “I am interested in how we learn to think critically and how we find the reasons behind what we do. Of course, I’m fascinated by how we teach this skill to the children in our care. For example, I use public transport to and from school. When fuel prices increase and decrease from time to time, so does the […]

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Bright sparks: from apprentice welder to maths teacher – UPDATED!

  JumpStart maths tutor, Mamollo Kok, is on an interesting career path. She went from being a matriculant with social work ambitions, to a welding apprenticeship, to ensuring that bright sparks fly in the classrooms where she supports maths education. What’s in a name? Mamollo is known to her friends as Mamiki. To two-year-old Zizipho she is Mama. To the 700 foundation phase learners at Nelson Mandela Primary School in Sasolburg where she is a JumpStart tutor, helping out in the maths lessons, she is simply “Maths Teacher”. Soon, however, Mamiki will be a fully qualified Grade R teacher thanks to a StudyAssist Bursary from SASOL. In Southern Sotho “mamollo” means “mother of fire”. It’s a fitting name for a person who protects the embers, blowing gently on them and waiting for the spark of learning to emerge as a flame. Certainly, the prospects are improving for the children who pass through her care. “Mother […]

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