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YES4YOUTH – Tutors tell it like it is – May 2022

Our YES4YOUTH tutors impact many young lives inside and outside the classroom. Every month we hear from beneficiaries of this partnership, many of whom have already secured qualifications. This month we have five stories from tutors who are equipping the next generation of South African mathematicians. We’re proud of our tutors who go the extra mile to facilitate the best learning environments for their learners. Partnerships with South African corporates enable unemployed youth to gain valuable experience and improve mathematics outcomes in under-resourced classrooms. Read similar stories in our February, March, and April round ups. Waking up joyful, looking forward to work Lutho Mlamla (26) is a tutor at Mboya Primary School, and is sponsored by KSB. She is a qualified teacher who graduated with a B. Ed in FET Phase from Walter Sisulu University. Her specialisation is Economic & Management Sciences, Accounting and Business Studies. I am currently in the most conducive working place […]

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YES4YOUTH – Tutors tell it like it is – April 2022

Our YES4YOUTH tutors impact many young lives inside and outside the classroom. This month we share five unique stories about individuals who care where it was most needed, be that fundraising for school uniforms, , purchasing pencils  or digging deep to reach a child in distress. We’re proud of our tutors who go the extra mile to facilitate the best learning environments for their learners. Partnerships with South African corporates enable unemployed youth to gain valuable experience and improve mathematics outcomes in under-resourced classroom. Read about similar stories in our February edition and March round up.  Individual attention makes a big difference Msawenkosi Vakele (25) is a tutor at Kasa Junior Secondary School, Elliotdale, Eastern Cape. Bay Engineering partnered with us to sponsor his post. At one point I noticed one of my top learners’ marks were dropping and they weren’t as attentive in class as normal. I felt it was my duty to understand […]

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Jabu Thomo makes maths fun and fearless

Jabu Thomo – in maths the left hand must meet the right

Jabu Thomo, our Educational Programme Director, is in the spotlight this month. We want to share our fun and fearless staff members who care about mathematics education and youth employment more than anything else! Jabu leads our fabulous team who are dedicated to turning underperforming classrooms into centres of maths and science excellence. Maths marriages Jabu is a teacher by profession, who taught secondary school maths for more than 10 years within the Department of Basic Education (DBE). While working there, Jabu occupied various roles as a teacher, Head of Department, and subject advisor for maths in the Ekurhuleni North district office. After that, he worked with various NGOs throughout the country as an education projects manager. This path led to where he is now, the educational programmes director at JumpStart. Jabu and his wife are both maths teachers. After meeting at university, they taught at the same school. They have now been married for […]

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YES4YOUTH – Tutors tell it like it is – March 2022

We are terrifically proud of our tutors, and are thrilled to partner with YES4YOUTH. These partnerships make all the difference, enabling unemployed youth to gain the experience that will help them access employment, return to studies, or commence them, and help to change mathematics outcomes on the ground for the youngest learners struggling to gain a sense of number. Last month we featured a couple of unique voices in our February round up. This month, we’re excited to share new faces and their musings on the programme. Practising mathematics at home Busisiwe Mfazwe (21) is sponsored by Youth@Work. She is a tutor at No-Holland Junior Secondary School in Idutywa, Eastern Cape. In the beginning I was very scared to teach children as it was my first time, but I told myself that I would get to know them as time went on. I’ve gained valuable experience in teaching children and I’ve enjoyed working with their […]

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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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