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Kindness in the classroom on International Day of Friendship

Why do we celebrate international days of observation? They’re a chance to talk about important topics, to encourage people to address global and local problems as a community, and to share humankind’s achievements. At the end of a month where many  witnessed horrific scenes of looting we promote a culture of peace on International Day of Friendship Amanda Mohlahlo and Nolwazi Ncobo joined the JumpStart team this year. Their commitment and vision of teaching kindness in the classroom is truly inspiring. Amanda Mohlahlo’s vision for Zamdela In the classroom I want to teach learners the values of relationships such as sharing, support and respect. For example when one learner does not have a pen or pencil I will ask the class if is there anyone with an extra one to lend. In that way I am teaching them kindness to others, to help those in need and also to share with those who don’t have […]

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Working for youth employment on World Youth Skills Day

On 15 July, the United Nations observes World Youth Skills Day. At the JumpStart Foundation, every day is committed to developing youth skills. This year we recognise and celebrate the remarkable young people who serve our youngest learners in under-resourced schools under the extremely difficult conditions they currently face. COVID-19 and tumultous times are a significant challenge. Context Africa has the world’s youngest, fastest-growing population. By 2030 – nine years from now – 375 million young people will be in the continent’s job market. The untapped potential and talents of young people and the so-called “youth bulge” are reasons that Africa’s potential as an up and coming economic powerhouse is often touted. However, stumbling blocks remain, including the mismatch between the skills of young people entering the workforce and the skills needed by employers. This mismatch is a major threat to Africa’s growth ambitions, as young people are not being sufficiently equipped with even the […]

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Maths & Music this Youth Month

This Youth Month, we took time to celebrate our tutors! With our partners at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Sasol and others, we’re able to create opportunities for them to further their studies while making a big impact on the state of foundation phase maths in their communities. Maths Prof. in the Making “Professor of Maths in the making” is how Happy Mahlangu (30)  views herself. Her pride in the maths marks at the end of the first term at Lyndhurst Primary is convincing. “This is a stepping stone towards my dreams and goals, knowing that I’ve impacted the minds of young individuals. Maths being their favourite, most enjoyed and best understood subject,” she said. Putting food on the table Given Moloi (19) is one of the youngest tutors in the JumpStart programme. That doesn’t stop him from having big dreams for the future. “My hopes for the future include becoming a qualified teacher […]

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Youth Day – keeping hope alive

Youth Day reminds us that access to education remains an enormous hurdle for millions of South Africans. Bursaries are hard to come by and training remains out of reach. We are celebrate and recognise those youth who entered our programme to make a difference to the future of the country. Some despair of ever completing their studies. Despite delays and frustration since leaving school our high potential tutors are now within reach of their goals. StudyAssist bursaries made possible by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Sasol and others is integral to their success. Watch out world, there’s some seriously super talent coming your way! Learning to like maths Thulisile Mngomezulu (30) tutors at Realeboha Primary School. She refuses to relinquish her dreams of becoming a teacher. Although it’s been a long time getting to this point, she is finally studying an Education degree. Jabu Thomo, our programme director, says that she is “an energetic and […]

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Youth Month Magic

Youth Month Magic

This year during Youth Month we focus on some of our talented youth tutors who show up every day for the children in their communities. Mondli’s Maths Magic In Lyndhurst Primary’s foundation phase maths classes Mondli Ndaba (25) is working some minor miracles. “His unusual approach makes him a hot favourite with the children in the classroom,” says Programme Manager, Jabu Thomo. “Mondli is doing great work.” It was hard when he first started at Lyndhurst Primary. “I struggled to connect with the children initially. Then I decided to try to entertain the children with funny accents – American, Nigerian – depending on my mood. If a child shows me some work that is incorrect, I don’t like to tell them they are wrong. Instead, I tell them that the answer is not correct on this planet and we’re not accepting answers from other planets today!” That approach meant he was also entertaining himself and […]

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