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Dimakatso Skabata

Future teacher, Dimakatso Skabata, attends Sasolburg orientation

Dimakatso Skabata is an intern with a full dance card! On the work side, this 29-year-old splits her time between Kopanelang Thuto Primary, where she tutors six Grade 1 classes and a single Grade 2 class. She also helps out at Taaibos Primary, where she’s works with four Grade 1 classes. Maki, as her friends know her, has participated since 2017 in the programme that runs in Zamdela. She gave birth to her second child in May 2020 and she’s determined to reach her dream of becoming a primary school teacher through a B Ed in Foundation Phase at UNISA. Maki puts her personal motto into practice every day: “Always watch your thoughts because they will become your actions!”  Her goal is to become an excellent teacher and she wastes no opportunity to improve her chances. She was the first tutor to reflect on the input she received from the JumpStart team at the Boitjhorisong […]

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Celebrating global partners on World Education Day

On World Education Day South African children should be polishing their school shoes and sharpening their pencils… Instead they await a delayed return to school. Today we give thanks to those who have gone the extra mile during the pandemic to minimise the effects of disrupted education. We join hands with the 1.6 billion students around the globe who are weathering the unprecedented disruption of learning due to COVID-19. Those who have helped are the lifeblood of progress! Going the extra mile Many parents and educators have extended themselves beyond what they thought was possible. Without their input, children and youth could have fared significantly worse. We are especially grateful to those who have extended financial, emotional and logistical support. To this end, our key funder, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) has been a game changer for the JumpStart Foundation. Since 2018, MSDF has supported our NumberSense programme in the Ekurhuleni South District, […]

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JumpStart responds to South Africa’s foundation phase maths crisis

Earlier this month, the bleak news of the international TIMSS study 2019 registered with South African educators and parents. It’s hard to comprehend that a staggering 63% of Grade 5 learners lack basic maths comprehension. This means that they are unlikely to succeed in higher grade mathematics. The root cause of this problem is a lack of foundational phase numeracy: children need to grasp numbers and master basic concepts by the time they start Grade 4. It’s a question of getting the basics right in the early grades. “The negative impact on their long term education is severe, but as grim as these statistics are, there is a solution that offers hope on a grand scale,” said Callen Hodgskiss, General Manager of the JumpStart Foundation. JumpStart addressing the maths crisis since 2014 “Since 2016, the JumpStart Foundation has been addressing foundation phase numeracy in 20 schools in Katlehong, with another five schools coming aboard in […]

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Five New Schools Join JumpStart

Five primary schools in the Ekurhuleni South District will be coming on board the JumpStart mathematics education programme in January, 2021. Last week a team of Foundation Phase Subject Advisors joined Maria Malaza, Acting Deputy Chief Education Specialist, to celebrate this positive announcement which was made possible with the generous funding of Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. Youth from surrounding communities to gain skills Learners from Grades 1 to 3 at Mampudi, Mthimkhulu, Ndlelenhle, Katlehong and Simunye Primary Schools will benefit from this intervention that is already running successfully in 20 schools in the region. The programme will also create 10 new jobs for unemployed youth from the surrounding communities. These young people will join the JumpStart internship programme in January. Matriculant youth with an interest in a career in education will develop skills in mathematics education while on the learnership programme. This programme, which ensures that the foundations of mathematics learning are well in […]

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Pule Morobi

Pule Morobi: tutor today, principal of the future?

When Pule Morobi arrived for a job interview back in 2018, he had set his mind on becoming a JumpStart tutor. The interviewing team noticed his neat dress and polite manner. Two years later, he’s excelling as a team leader at Kumalo Primary School, and here is his story! An introduction “Pule understands what JumpStart is all about,” said Project Coordinator, Zintle Makumsha. “He finds thoughtful ways to assist other interns when they struggle to explain an activity or to handle difficult learners. He has good class management skills, and learners listen to him.” Pule is also a facilitator for the Robotics & Coding programme. We caught up with him to find out how his ideas have expanded in the last couple of years. What are your career goals? After completing various courses in Robotics, Information and Communication Technology and Small Business Operation, I am back at the books! I’m currently a second year Bachelor […]

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