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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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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. Please 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 […]

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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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Hlengiwe Ngcobo – New beginnings in Vosloorus with Senator International

Hlengiwe Ngcobo (31) was a key player in setting up a JumpStart NumberSense programme at a school, new to our programme this year. As a tutor of foundation phase maths at Mampudi Primary School, she brought an “attitude of gratitude” to kick off the new project. We learned about joining the team at Mampudi, a school which came on board for the first time in the Ekurhuleni South District this year. In January 2021 JumpStart Foundation was able to expand the project into Vosloorus, thanks to new sponsors. Without the exciting partnership with Senator International much of this would not have happened! What were the challenges of starting a new school on the JumpStart programme? Luckily, Mampudi Primary was not a new environment for me. The only thing that was new to me was the JumpStart programme. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the teachers! When I went in, my goal was to equip the learners […]

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