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JumpStart is shortlisted for MTN Awards

When Stephen Mahony learned about the inaugural MTN Awards for Social Change, he was hopeful that JumpStart fitted the brief. The awards recognise – amongst other things – NPOs that demonstrate excellent monitoring and evaluation practice (M&E). This aligned neatly with JumpStart’s vision. Angie Maloka of the MTN Foundation explained the aim of the award. NPOs must measure the outcome of their work, because donors need to see their money is being spent productively. “Additionally, we wish to see NPOs who are already doing this well, go on to share their learning,” she said. Mahony submitted the JumpStart numeracy programme, currently operating in 20 Ekurhuleni South primary schools, for consideration. The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) has funded this project since 2016 to the tune of R7,3 million rand annually, and Mahony is keen to see it expand in months to come. NPOs are working for a better South Africa The MTN Foundation recognises […]

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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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Lego League competition: township pre-teens plan a hospital

Saturday morning and school shoes? Tick! Red T-shirt and jeans? Tick! Brightly coloured LEGO kits and a fancy bus? Tick! So it started, with 40 future JumpStart scientists and engineers getting ready, set, go…. They headed to UNISA with great excitement for the FIRST LEGO League Challenge. Last year, the JumpStart Robotics team merely observed the 2018 National FLL Robotics competition. This year, they arrived in Pretoria, with serious work to do. Future scientists and engineers at work Inside their backpacks they had folded their scheme for a brand new, spanking new hospital. So too, the architectural drawings alongside their LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Core kits. Child’s play certainly looks different these days… The competition against Johannesburg’s elite private schools was a little daunting, but these township learners took it in their stride. Project Manager, Daniella Lekgau, supervises and coordinates The JumpStart Foundation Robotics lab. She ensures that the fifth and sixth graders who travel in […]

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