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Life under lockdown #1: a smiling angel in dark days

When Abongile Mhlola first heard about Covid-19 lockdown, she admits she was scared. The escalating numbers made her worry about her own chronic health condition. But Abongile’s nature is to stay cheerful in hard times, so much so that Mrs Macala, the Head of Department at Tamaho Primary, calls her “my smiling angel”. She wanted to make a difference to the children she could no longer teach face to face because of the lockdown regulations. “The first thing I did was to create a WhatsApp group with the parents of ten learners. The news spread quickly and soon, we had 38 learners on board and another three interns!” Teaching parents to teach via NumberSense Parents learn about teaching the topics in the NumberSense workbook via WhatsApp. They were invited to talk to the tutors privately if something was unclear. “We are all learning how to do this digital thing… I never dreamed of teaching online!” […]

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Teacher Talk: Mrs Macala motivates with JumpStart and hugs

Education with love is a daily happening at Tamaho Primary School in Katlehong. On a mild March morning near the end of the first term, all 43 learners in Mrs Nondumiso Macala’s Grade 2 class wait with excitement. Lined up outside her bright green door, those who have completed their homework are especially happy because they will receive their special “huggy huggy” welcome. All who’ve passed through her classes speak highly of this much loved and vivacious personality. After 14 years on the staff, she was appointed in 2016 as one of two HODs of the foundation phase, which caters to more than 800 learners from Grade R to 3. Her portfolio includes mentoring and supervising ten other educators, so she is very grateful to have two “angels” — JumpStart interns Hloniphile Mkwanazi and Abongile Mhlola. “They are my left and right hand, especially while I attend other school issues.” Inspiring discipline by rewarding behaviour […]

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Moleboheng Hoffman – JumpStart tutors help Buyani Primary recover

Moleboheng Hoffman is a tutor at Finetown’s Buyani Primary School, which has an interesting history. It started in 2008 in a container and with the help of the Buyani Education Trust, grew to have ten classrooms. The school, which is based in an impoverished area, had an especially difficult year in 2021. With the help of ForGood we were able to raise some funds to contribute to workbooks where parents could not afford them. We have also secured 50 devices via Labdoo which now await the lifting of travel restrictions for use at the school. Grassroots interventions and innovative approaches are essential to extremely under-resourced communities which are hard to reach. We are grateful for those who supported this school during a profoundly difficult time. As  COVID-19 dragged on for a second year, the school’s much loved principal, Mr Lazarus Baloyi, was shot and killed. We are particularly grateful to our tutors on the ground […]

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