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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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YES4Youth and Lightstone sponsor 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. We’re pleased to introduce three of our tutors who are benefitting from the best practice training models and innovative technology platforms that give unemployed youth a quality work experience for a year as the first step toward meaningful employment. YES Youth are placed in implementing partners — organisations like JumpStart — with the support of corporate sponsors, like Lightstone. 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 […]

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