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Keneuwe Lisenyane

Singing and StudyAssist drives Keneuwe’s hope

JumpStart tutor, Keneuwe Lisenyane, sits on a low brightly coloured plastic chair at Buyani Primary, near Lenasia. One, two, three, four, five, once I caught a fish alive… As she sings, she holds up her fingers one by one. The semi-circle of grade one learners leans in to her, bright-eyed and hopeful. They hold up their fingers too, joining in, copying her, singing along beside her. Inspiring trust and curiosity “To inspire their trust and curiosity about you, and about numbers, you must get down to their level, both physically and emotionally,” she says, explaining her teaching philosophy. “JumpStart teaches us how to educate young children using different tools and tricks.” A natural educator with a vast thirst for knowledge, Keneuwe remembers a childhood game. “We used to play school-school with my older sister, but in the game she was a cruel teacher who threatened to beat me. I knew I could do better, and […]

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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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Maths teachers give JumpStart top marks

Teachers give JumpStart top marks

At the end of every school year, when teachers have graded all the learners in their care, a group of Ekurhuleni South and Sasolburg teachers have one final report to write… That’s when all in JumpStart’s management team sit up straighter, awaiting their own report card! Project Director, Jabu Thomo, explains: “We administer a confidential survey with a representative sample of teachers at schools running our programme. In October 2019 we sampled 32 schools and received a total of 142 encouraging responses. We value this opportunity to see how JumpStart is doing so that we can continue to fulfil our mandate.” The survey measured teacher satisfaction and the impact of the programme. Additionally, it investigated the effectiveness of NumberSense workbooks and our interns, as well as teacher training, and where applicable, digital workbooks. Key findings from the 2019 survey Satisfaction with the NumberSense workbooks is especially high, followed by satisfaction with the performance of interns. […]

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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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