TEACHER MENTORING PROJECT
In 1999 South African Women for Women recently sponsored the first trip to South Africa for two Canadian teachers as part of our Teacher Mentoring Project. It was a great success as reflected in this report by the two teachers who went over, Claudette Hope-Edwards and Monica Clarke
staff is cohesive and purposeful – largely
to the principal’s leadership and their loving natures and professional
commitment. They are warm, caring and open to all we had to share with
them, ready to learn, quick to try suggested strategies and open to feedback.
Teachers do attend workshops provided by the Education Department.
However, they feel that the workshops were generally not practical enough and did not meet their needs for the most part. Material from the Ministry often arrived with no instruction manuals, directions or workshops for their effective use.
Despite the odds, Moshoeshoe Primary School is successful in many ways. Mrs. Gabashane has told us that 70% are above average in History, Geography, Sesotho and Maths.
The needs of the students at the school are significant. We were told that 80% of them come from ‘informal settlements with very few resources, low socio-economic living conditions are a real disadvantage.
we saw that they were positive, hard working, confident, ambitious, open,
and eager to learn.The
school is a constant in the lives of these students and provides the
of the day for the students.
The school is in need of a variety of resources. Some that have been identified are: maps and globes, classroom size pencil sharpeners, reading series books and other reading materials, math manipulatives, science glass beakers, test tubes, Bunsen burners, measuring cylinders, measuring devices, pencils, crayons, markers, rulers, pens, poster materials, art materials and song cassettes.
We sincerely appreciate the opportunity provided through SAWW to enable us to serve the Moshoeshoe Primary School community. It was enriching and stimulating for us to be there and work with such a positive and dedicated group of educators.