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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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Sasolburg is lit with JumpStart’s terrific tutors

Sasolburg tutors celebrated an excellent year with JumpStart programme director, Jabu Thomo. “It’s time,” he said, “to celebrate their successful effort, both individually and collectively. The team has done very well, pulling together and building up the programme which is funded by SASOL. The tutors showed constructive teamwork, working well with each other, professional commitment to their own education, and dedication to the children in their classrooms.” Over a delicious lunch Jabu chatted to three of the ladies who are all UNISA students. One-on-one attention is a rare treat Maki Skabatso, teaches Grade 1s at Kopanelang Thuto and Taaibos Primary. This bubbly 28-year-old won first prize for mathematics when she was in Grade 7! This fact inspires her help the learners in her care to love – and understand! – maths as much as she did. Maki loves giving one-on-one sessions to the learners who need it most, but overcrowded classrooms don’t allow this much. […]

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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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