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One dream at a time on International Youth Day

On International Youth Day the world focuses on issues impacting on young people. Celebrating youth potential in the technology sphere allows us to share Thulisile Thukwana’s inspiring story. She is an alumnus of the JumpCO Software Labs. Flying a young girl’s dreams Thulisile Thukwana (32) from Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg was raised by her grandmother for most of her life. “My mother passed away when I was 10 and my sister was 5. We did not have much, but my grandmother ensured that all our basic needs were covered,” she said. Thulisile was always smart at school and her grades were unaffected by the home situation. “Until I could go to the library by myself, I borrowed books and read anything I could find! I was fascinated by all the new things I learned every day.” Dreams of becoming a pilot drove her to study hard for good grades. “My family was very supportive […]

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Women’s Day – celebrating female leaders

On Women’s Day we take courage from and are inspired by so many women who paved the way for meaningful change in South Africa. This year, we shine the light on two special women who have contributed to the growth and progress of the JumpStart programme in Sasolburg. Educator, Sellwane Sindi Mthimkhulu, and tutor, Mamela Nkitseng, are leading the way as they mentor and inspire the team there. Sellwane Sindi Mthimkhulu “I first met Mrs Mthimkhulu at Kopanelang-Thuto School in September 2013,” said tutor Maki Skabata. “She was the Head of Department in Foundation Phase while I was doing a learnership for my Grade R Diploma. In 2017, I joined the Jumpstart Foundation and was placed under Mrs Mthimkhulu’s guidance once again. She told me that the best results come when you make an effort to understand the children in your care. Most importantly, she taught me to respect my colleagues and to ask for […]

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Kindness in the classroom on International Day of Friendship

Why do we celebrate international days of observation? They’re a chance to talk about important topics, to encourage people to address global and local problems as a community, and to share humankind’s achievements. At the end of a month where many  witnessed horrific scenes of looting we promote a culture of peace on International Day of Friendship Amanda Mohlahlo and Nolwazi Ncobo joined the JumpStart team this year. Their commitment and vision of teaching kindness in the classroom is truly inspiring. Amanda Mohlahlo’s vision for Zamdela In the classroom I want to teach learners the values of relationships such as sharing, support and respect. For example when one learner does not have a pen or pencil I will ask the class if is there anyone with an extra one to lend. In that way I am teaching them kindness to others, to help those in need and also to share with those who don’t have […]

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Maths & Music this Youth Month

This Youth Month, we took time to celebrate our tutors! With our partners at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Sasol and others, we’re able to create opportunities for them to further their studies while making a big impact on the state of foundation phase maths in their communities. Maths Prof. in the Making “Professor of Maths in the making” is how Happy Mahlangu (30)  views herself. Her pride in the maths marks at the end of the first term at Lyndhurst Primary is convincing. “This is a stepping stone towards my dreams and goals, knowing that I’ve impacted the minds of young individuals. Maths being their favourite, most enjoyed and best understood subject,” she said. Putting food on the table Given Moloi (19) is one of the youngest tutors in the JumpStart programme. That doesn’t stop him from having big dreams for the future. “My hopes for the future include becoming a qualified teacher […]

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Youth Day – keeping hope alive

Youth Day reminds us that access to education remains an enormous hurdle for millions of South Africans. Bursaries are hard to come by and training remains out of reach. We are celebrate and recognise those youth who entered our programme to make a difference to the future of the country. Some despair of ever completing their studies. Despite delays and frustration since leaving school our high potential tutors are now within reach of their goals. StudyAssist bursaries made possible by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Sasol and others is integral to their success. Watch out world, there’s some seriously super talent coming your way! Learning to like maths Thulisile Mngomezulu (30) tutors at Realeboha Primary School. She refuses to relinquish her dreams of becoming a teacher. Although it’s been a long time getting to this point, she is finally studying an Education degree. Jabu Thomo, our programme director, says that she is “an energetic and […]

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