YES4YOUTH – Tutors tell it like it is – May 2022

Our YES4YOUTH tutors impact many young lives inside and outside the classroom. Every month we hear from beneficiaries of this partnership, many of whom have already secured qualifications. This month we have five stories from tutors who are equipping the next generation of South African mathematicians.

We’re proud of our tutors who go the extra mile to facilitate the best learning environments for their learners. Partnerships with South African corporates enable unemployed youth to gain valuable experience and improve mathematics outcomes in under-resourced classrooms. Read similar stories in our February, March, and April round ups.

Waking up joyful, looking forward to work

Lutho Mlamla (26) is a tutor at Mboya Primary School, and is sponsored by KSB. She is a qualified teacher who graduated with a B. Ed in FET Phase from Walter Sisulu University. Her specialisation is Economic & Management Sciences, Accounting and Business Studies.

I am currently in the most conducive working place to take my career to the next step. I am being trained to become a better and more responsible individual. My mentor is Miss Sobutyu and she happily assists me, but she always ensures that I manage my class myself during JumpStart sessions.  I feel I am finally learning how to be a teacher, getting ready to become fully employed. When you have nothing to do, you become depressed. I graduated with my degree in 2018, but have been unemployed since then. My mother was worried about my mental health, because she saw I was not motivated. The joy of waking up and looking forward to going to work has uplifted my spirit.

I was amongst the unemployed youth in my community, but now YES4Youth has changed my life. Now I’m able to put food on the table, and I am independent because of them. I also wish we had access to counting aids which would make a huge difference to the learners! I hope there is a way to get these for the kids I teach.

Creating value in the community

Patience Tshaka (27) is a tutor at Zakhele Junior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape. She possesses a Trade Certificate in Carpentry and a Diploma in Civil Engineering. KSB is her sponsor.

I have come through the challenge of teaching students with Dyscalculia, a learning disabilities that affect the performance of the learners. The remaining challenge is finding ways to continue to cater for students with special needs. I have developed my professional habits through this experience, and it has positively impacted my family because now I can put something on the table through my employment. My work provides a huge value to my community because nearby students come to me after school to get supervision and assistance with their homework.

Improving maths and literacy with the tech advantage 

Lulama Ngunuza (33) is a tutor at Mgcawezulu S.P.S in Cofimvaba, Eastern Cape Province. Lulama has a BCcom in information systems from University of Fort Hare and Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Walter Sisulu University. He’s applied for the 2023 intake at University of Pretoria to do a BEd Honours in computer integrated education. Bay Engineering sponsor his position.

Joining JumpStart allowed me to follow my passion because I’m someone who wants to grow and become advanced in mathematics and technology. I want to improve numeracy and literacy using the advantage of technology in our rural schools, and use technology to make learning fun and interesting to students. A big challenge is that the school is both a digital school and a paper school, which means we rely on electricity and the internet in order to continue with digital classes. Load shedding is a problem and continues to be a problem because we lose electricity and network on our routers.

In my family, I’m able to contribute at home and assist through my employment. The community benefits because my learners are enjoying mathematics, because it is no longer such a boring or challenging subject. The attendance among learners has improved drastically according to the class teacher since the implementation of digital classes in the school.

Teaching, marking, and capturing results

Patricia Matshidiso Chologi (30) is a tutor at Bofula-Tshepe Primary School, Sasolburg, Free State, and is sponsored by Lightstone. Matshidiso started a B. Ed at UNISA in 2017 and is on the last lap, completing the final module

This experience has changed my life by helping me realise fully my passion for teaching. I have a dream of starting an aftercare centre where I can assist learners with their school work. This is how I want to give back to my community.  Sometimes I work alone in the school when my JumpStart colleagues needs to assist at other schools. I worked alone in five classrooms for a week, and even so, I was able to teach, mark and capture the learners’ NumberSense books on my own, with no delays or mistakes. I felt proud of that achievement. It’s such a privilege working with Malefu Rampai who ensures that I continue learning about JumpStart and is always there to assist me. We work brilliantly together and she makes my work so easy.

Confidence, communication, and co-operation

Sibongile Kulakade (27) is a tutor at Qatywa Junior Secondary in Elliotdale, Eastern Cape. Lightstone sponsor his post. He completed a N6 in Information and Communication Technology at Qinisa TVET College in 2021.

I’m really enjoying this experience and learning a lot. The positive aspects have been the good participation of learners, and the respect they show their teachers. I have enjoyed a great team spirit with my colleagues and other teachers. The negative aspects are the overcrowded classrooms, where children don’t get much one-on-one attention. I am able to talk confidently and show my excellence in communication and co-operation. My preparation before class helps ensure that I am always ready in class and completely focussed on giving the best lesson possible. With my education in ICT, I find the JumpTrak programme very interesting and easy to use.

Can your company contribute to change?

South Africa needs companies like yours to participate in effective change. By sponsoring youth employment, you will meet your B-BBEE levels and change lives. Contact YES4YOUTH to become a business partner. Email Betty Oliphant to learn how to engage JumpStart interns who are ready to exit the programme.

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