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JumpStart wins MTN Award for Social Change

It was a happy coincidence that during Teacher Appreciation Month JumpStart won the 2020 MTN Award for Social Change! This primary school mathematics education and youth employment programme is benefiting 22 000 foundation phase learners in the Ekurhuleni South District. The award, which attracted 143 entries across the three categories, was given in recognition for JumpStart’s excellent monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practice. General Manager, Callen Hodgskiss, received the award from Angie Maloka of the MTN Foundation at the Trialogue Business in Society conference on Wednesday, 14 October.   All stakeholders can make informed decisions because of good M&E Maloka congratulated Hodgskiss, saying, “The judges felt that the intervention was designed with a high level of consultation and is focused on a clear problem, for which the root cause has been clearly analysed and unpacked. M&E has been embedded throughout the model to ensure that all stakeholders are able to use the feedback to make informed decisions.” […]

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Adelina Msimango: Teachers are beacons of light!

During 2020 Mrs Adelina Msimango shared her office and her heart with four JumpStart interns. As Head of Department (Intersen) at Sekgutlong Primary School she took care of the tutors of the JumpStart programme, which is funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. As the year draws to a close, she reflects on how they are learning to teach mathematics to learners from Grade 1 to Grade 4. Once unemployed youth, they spent many hours this year helping parents of learners at the school to continue their children’s maths education during lockdown. Mrs Msimango watched with delight as Simphiwe Mtshali, Given Msibi, Lesedi Moloi and Nthabiseng Ngoepe got involved in maths education at the school. She noticed how they learned about learning, discovering their own passionate enthusiasm for the teaching profession. She chats about becoming a teacher, Covid’s impact, and she encourages up and coming educators. Who encouraged you to become a teacher?  My […]

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Celebrating International Teachers’ Day with Funeka Phakade

On International Teachers’ Day we honour the teachers who change the world. One of the remarkable educators who captured our imagination is the acting principal of Ukhanyiso Primary School, Mrs Funeka Phakade. She is holding a golden thread, first received as a girl from her beloved headmaster, now passing it on to tomorrow’s teachers. Sitting in her office at the end of Term 3, Mrs Phakade points at the line of trophies filling the display cabinet. These trophies are just one of the ways that you know you are impacting young lives. She’s currently dealing with children who have returned from months of Covid-19 lockdown, having regressed during the lost months, but her heart is full of hope and determination.  Training to be a teacher My training to be a teacher started as a little girl attending Kwezi Primary School in Queenstown. My life was changed by an interaction with the school principal, Mr Mbijekana. […]

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Life under lockdown #6: Tumelo Mokoena builds firm foundations

Tumelo Mokoena is a tutor at Mohlodi Primary School, where he inspires a love of maths to learners in Grades 1,2 and 3. This 22-year-old says that teaching maths has greatly changed since he was in primary school. “Especially, if you consider lockdown learning, teaching via smartphones and devices!” As a tutor he is eager to share his new knowledge with those around him. “Education is not an individual pursuit and I enjoy teaching as well as learning from other tutors,” he explains. Tumelo started a degree focused on politics, but that didn’t go well. He thought about his particular strengths and realised that assisting other people enlivened him. Now he’s studying a B Ed through UNISA with the help of a StudyAssist bursary from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation.  Tutored not tortured Tumelo loves teaching maths and wants to empower the children in his care. He says, “Most of my learners are excited, […]

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Automotive machinist Lerato Molete is following her passion.

Q&A with JumpStart alumnus, automotive machinist Lerato Molete – video

Falling in love with mathematics as a student kickstarted Lerato Molete’s career as an apprentice automotive machinist. “There’s no job a woman can’t do,” she says, excited about sharing her story during Women’s Month. A woman in a man’s world Under the protective gloves she wears to strip the burnt out engine of an earth mover is a delicate diamond ring on her fourth finger. Lerato is mother to Ntokozo, 3, and wife to Nkosinathi Mlotshwa, a boilermaker at Sasol. “Our son’s name means happiness, pride, and joy. He certainly brings us all that. With engineering as a common interest, our relationship is rather unusual,” she says. Lerato is one of two female apprentices at Metric Automotive Engineering, a company that specialises in remanufacturing diesel engines. Lerato works in the block section, where the team rebores cylinder blocks on earthmoving, marine, mine, truck engines, and similar. Her responsibility is to diagnosis the problems and to […]

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