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 place, has expanded the concept of how mathematics can be taught during the Covid-19 pandemic. Youth tutors coached parents using WhatsApp groups. They shared digital teaching methods with homebound parents using video and audio messages. This helped parents to keep their children’s mathematics education intact during the long weeks of lockdown.
Building strong relationships
JumpStart General Manager, Callen Hodgskiss, said, “We are excited to be reaching more primary schools in Ekurhuleni South. We have enjoyed a strong relationship with the district for a long time. Together, we hope to expand further over the next three years. Learners need solid foundations in maths if they are to enjoy maths throughout their school careers and beyond. That’s what we plan to give them.”
“I want to thank Jumpstart for the support we received during the Foundation Phase 2020 Review,” said Maria Malaza. “We’re very pleased to have five additional schools as part of the digital programme. We appreciate your intervention in our schools in the Ekurhuleni South District. Hodgskiss responded, acknowledging the valued partnership between Ms Malaza and her team. “You are integral to our success,” he said. “Without your engagement and enthusiastic support, we simply could not do our work!”
Help JumpStart Mathematics expand to yet more schools
Would you like to help us to expand our programmes to schools in your area? Your company could optimise your Skills Development expenditure on learning programmes like JumpStart. Alternately, your contribution to our bursary fund for prospective educators to attend higher education institutions could help you meet your B-BBEE scorecard. These options are in line with the revised B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice. Please email Betty Oliphant for more information.