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Lwanda Stefaans – from tutor to student with YES4YOUTH

It’s always exciting to see tutors take the next step towards reaching their professional goals. Lwanda Stefaans was a Kingsway Primary School tutor in Zandspruit in 2021 where she worked alongside fellow tutor, Rino Motladi. Now Lwanda is a first year Bachelor of Education student at the North West University. She has chosen to focus on Senior and FET phase, with a view to teaching history. Lwanda shares her experience  The experience of working at Kingsway was amazing! I enjoyed learning about a variety of different things. So far, I haven’t experienced anything negative, and I’m confident it will remain that way. One of the best aspects of the work is the communication between the employers and employees. I believe the YES4YOUTH platform really facilitates this relationship. My biggest challenge was finding ways to help struggling learners. There were a few troublemakers but I soon learned to manage them so that the classroom environment was […]

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Nomta Ntola, a new leader for a new project

Nomta Ntola is spearheading JumpStart’s exciting move into primary schools in the Eastern Cape. With the support of Old Mutual Education Flagship Project and the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape, she recently commenced the onboarding of 72 educational assistants in the Amathole East and Chris Hani East districts in a new four-year 50-school initiative. This exciting partnership (which includes NPOs, Class Act and Seed Educational Trust) aims to fill the gaps in maths education. Although many challenges predated the pandemic, they became more prominent and problematic in the wake of Covid-19 in isolated rural schools throughout the province. A key aspect of the JumpStart programme is the introduction of home language learning in mathematics for all primary school learners. With her extensive experience working with non-profits, foundation phase educators, and mathematics improvement programmes, Nomta is a perfect fit. This new venture aims to benefit about 5000 learners from Grade 1 to 7. Maths […]

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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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