Teacher Training & School Improvement

Teacher Training & School Improvement

Improving the lives of the children through better nutrition is the main focus of the project. However there are other ways we help to improve the lives of the children.

  • Better trained teachers greatly improve the development and learning at the schools. We provide bursaries for trainee pre-school teachers to receive a professional three year teaching diploma. Each year we provide some 20 bursaries. This training involves a week training, at a residential college in Oudtshoorn, each month. Once students have completed the three year course, they are fully qualified pre-school teachers who can work at any school in the country. Lesle Odendaal manages this project.
  • Workshops to Improve practical classroom skills. They are run by Barbara de Jager who is a retired Pre-school Principal. These are very popular with teachers and assistants in our schools. She is a most enthusiastic and bubbly person who shares her love of teaching, The attendees learn easy to implement and inexpensive ideas to stimulate and teach the children. Marlise Basson & Mary Watson organize these workshops.
  • Providing book boxes on a rotational basis, a bit like a traveling library, encourages children and teachers to read. Books in isiXhosa, Afrikaans and English are provided. Lois Kleyn and Jacqui Cumberlege are the leaders for this.
  • Education and recreational equipment is supplied as well as assistance with small emergency repairs of classrooms and play areas. Each year some 500 pencil bags are given to the children as they move from pre-school to primary school.

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