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International Day of Women and Girls in Science – Katlego Mokgosi has a dream

Katlego Mokgosi (25) has big plans for her own career as a programmer and wants to bring other women and girls on board. International Day of Women and Girls in Science is a day we celebrate with our sister entity, JumpCO Software Labs, where Katlego is currently enrolled in a learnership. Equal access and participation in science for women and girls is a vital imperative globally, but particularly in South Africa where the lack of IT skills in the South African market slows the nation’s development and economy. JumpCO aims to ensure that young women like Katlego gain the skills to enter the market place with excellent training as programmers, opening the door for terrific career prospects. Women inspiring women The American polymath, poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, inspires Katlego with her powerful ideas and strong, forceful writing. She inspired change in generations of young black women and was awarded more than […]

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Andile Radebe at Ndlelenhle Primary – Education is freedom!

Andile Radebe (22) is opening the door to mathematical competence  for learners at Ndhlenhle Primary School. This school in Ekurhuleni South is a beneficiary of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and one of five new schools that came onto the programme in 2021. Andile shared the philosophical and literary touchstones that will serve him well as he grows into a teaching career. What were the challenges of starting a new school on the JumpStart programme? I’m studying to be a teacher, so I was excited about the opportunity to get real world experience. It was great working with the staff and learners. My love for people overcame any challenges along the way, and I try focusing on the good around me always. I’d say there weren’t significant challenges. What was most engaging and enjoyable in 2021? Seeing the learners’ progress was hugely inspirational this year. As a tutor, our job requires love and patience. […]

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Noxolo Myeko brings dignity to Mthimkhulu Primary with INTASOL Tailings

Noxolo Myeko, Busisiwe Mngomezulu, Nthabiseng Morajane and Nomusa Ngubane started at Mthimkhulu Primary School in Vosloorus in 2021. The JumpStart programme’s expansion in Ekurhuleni South benefitted in May, when INTASOL Tailings came on board as a sponsor, adding yet another school to the programme. Psychology student, Noxolo Myeko, talked about her experiences this year and shared her hope of making a difference to the children who’ve embraced her as their tutor. What were the challenges of 2021? Of the four interns starting this year, I was the only one with any child-related work experience. Initially, neither the teachers nor the principal knew much about the JumpStart programme, so we got off to a bumpy start. When the HOD brought us together and explained the expectations on all sides, we soon built a great working relationship. The tutors drafted a timetable to work with the teachers. After that, our team flourished. The teachers helped us identify […]

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YES4Youth and Lightstone sponsor nine Sasolburg tutors

The JumpStart team in Sasolburg is a vibrant group who were delighted to incorporate nine new tutors in September this year thanks to YES4Youth. That takes the team of tutors to 24. This business-led collaboration with the government aims at addressing the pressing need for youth employment. Meet three of our tutors who are enjoying a quality work experience for a year as the first step toward meaningful employment. They benefit from the best practice training models and innovative technology platforms that help place suitable YES Youth with implementing partners — organisations like JumpStart. Support of corporate sponsors, like Lightstone, makes all the difference! This partnership allows Jumpstart to expand its reach while simultaneously providing youth with valuable work experience and support for their personal development. Julia Mokateng Julia Mokateng (26) is a tutor at Malakabeng Primary School. She learned about the programme through a friend helping her search for a job. Julia’s mother was […]

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Hlengiwe Ngcobo – New beginnings in Vosloorus with Senator International

Hlengiwe Ngcobo (31) was a key player in setting up a JumpStart NumberSense programme at a school, new to our programme this year. As a tutor of foundation phase maths at Mampudi Primary School, she brought an “attitude of gratitude” to kick off the new project. We learned about joining the team at Mampudi, a school which came on board for the first time in the Ekurhuleni South District this year. In January 2021 JumpStart Foundation was able to expand the project into Vosloorus, thanks to new sponsors. Without the exciting partnership with Senator International much of this would not have happened! What were the challenges of starting a new school on the JumpStart programme? Luckily, Mampudi Primary was not a new environment for me. The only thing that was new to me was the JumpStart programme. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the teachers! When I went in, my goal was to equip the learners […]

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