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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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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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YES4Youth and Lightstone sponsor nine Sasolburg tutors

The JumpStart team in Sasolburg is a vibrant group who were delighted to incorporate nine new tutors in September this year thanks to YES4Youth. That takes the team of tutors to 24. This business-led collaboration with the government aims at addressing the pressing need for youth employment. Meet three of our tutors who are enjoying a quality work experience for a year as the first step toward meaningful employment. They benefit from the best practice training models and innovative technology platforms that help place suitable YES Youth with implementing partners — organisations like JumpStart. Support of corporate sponsors, like Lightstone, makes all the difference! This partnership allows Jumpstart to expand its reach while simultaneously providing youth with valuable work experience and support for their personal development. Julia Mokateng Julia Mokateng (26) is a tutor at Malakabeng Primary School. She learned about the programme through a friend helping her search for a job. Julia’s mother was […]

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Rino Motladile – Giving Maths the Jump Start it needs

Youth tutor, Rino Motladile (22), started as a maths tutor in 2018 at Kingsway Christian Primary School in Randpark Ridge, where children come from the Zandspruit informal settlement and nearby Cosmo City. The staff and sponsors of this school aim to provide life-enriching opportunities for socio-economically disadvantaged children who would previously have had limited options for bettering their lives. David Chang of Eve’s Tea has sponsored Rino’s position this year and he is delighted to hear of her progress with the school’s learners. Public relations to student relations “Tutoring maths has been a wonderful experience,” says Rino who is currently studying for a Diploma in Public Relations. “I learned a lot of good things, like starting our day with devotion which enabled me to grow spiritually, getting more in touch with God and helping me apply wisdom when dealing with situations related to COVID-19. I saw and understood that God is love when I saw […]

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