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Terrific 20-something mathematics tutors learn and hope

JumpStart’s mathematics tutors kicked off 2020 with a whole lot of hope! These 20-year-olds gained many new skills at the orientation event in January. They also learned about the programme as they met returning tutors. Project Coordinator, Zintle Makumsha, chatted to four tutors about their experience at a workshop in January. How we learn to think Siwaphiwe Mtintsilana (22) who tutors at Tshabalala Primary said, “I learned that mathematics is not only about getting the right answer. It’s equally about the process of getting to the desired destination.” The discussions around learning excited him. Siwaphiwe said, “I am interested in how we learn to think critically and how we find the reasons behind what we do. Of course, I’m fascinated by how we teach this skill to the children in our care. For example, I use public transport to and from school. When fuel prices increase and decrease from time to time, so does the […]

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Bright sparks: from apprentice welder to maths teacher – UPDATED!

  JumpStart maths tutor, Mamollo Kok, is on an interesting career path. She went from being a matriculant with social work ambitions, to a welding apprenticeship, to ensuring that bright sparks fly in the classrooms where she supports maths education. What’s in a name? Mamollo is known to her friends as Mamiki. To two-year-old Zizipho she is Mama. To the 700 foundation phase learners at Nelson Mandela Primary School in Sasolburg where she is a JumpStart tutor, helping out in the maths lessons, she is simply “Maths Teacher”. Soon, however, Mamiki will be a fully qualified Grade R teacher thanks to a StudyAssist Bursary from SASOL. In Southern Sotho “mamollo” means “mother of fire”. It’s a fitting name for a person who protects the embers, blowing gently on them and waiting for the spark of learning to emerge as a flame. Certainly, the prospects are improving for the children who pass through her care. “Mother […]

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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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Moleboheng Hoffman – JumpStart tutors help Buyani Primary recover

Moleboheng Hoffman is a tutor at Finetown’s Buyani Primary School, which has an interesting history. It started in 2008 in a container and with the help of the Buyani Education Trust, grew to have ten classrooms. The school, which is based in an impoverished area, had an especially difficult year in 2021. With the help of ForGood we were able to raise some funds to contribute to workbooks where parents could not afford them. We have also secured 50 devices via Labdoo which now await the lifting of travel restrictions for use at the school. Grassroots interventions and innovative approaches are essential to extremely under-resourced communities which are hard to reach. We are grateful for those who supported this school during a profoundly difficult time. As  COVID-19 dragged on for a second year, the school’s much loved principal, Mr Lazarus Baloyi, was shot and killed. We are particularly grateful to our tutors on the ground […]

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