We partner with some of the most exciting and promising projects working in the education landscape in South Africa
Ikhaya Labantwana Montessori
Ikhaya Labantwana Montessori (ILM) is a rural school in Coffee Bay, Eastern Cape making a big impact on early childhood development (ECD) in their community. There are 60 kids in attendance being taught by local directresses who have been equipped and trained to lead. The children receive a solid Montessori foundation, as well as 2 nutritious meals per day, a daily calcium supplement and de-worming twice a year.
The Montessori Method helps children develop creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and time management skills so that they can contribute to society and the environment. This method works particularly well in the rural village setting of the Eastern Cape.
Ncinci ones is based in Esekaleni in the Eastern Cape, with the pioneering Dawn Brochenin guiding the ship. Dawn was the initiator of Ikhaya Labantwana Montessori and she has now gone on to establish another smaller village school. She guides the children in English (to which they adapt very quickly!) and has a Xhosa assistant for the 14 children in their care.
This year we will be helping them to build an additional rondavel and grow her school to 25 children. The children receive a solid Montessori foundation, two nutritious meals per day, a daily calcium supplement and de-worming twice a year.
The Principals Academy
We are partnering with Mr. Keith Richardson from TPA and Mr. Halbert Mlindazwe at Bongalethu Primary in Phillipi.
Bongalethu has just over 1000 students ranging from Grade R- Grade 7. The school building itself has huge potential, especially being situated in an area with many diverse needs. The building sits between gang territories, where the road outside divides two rival groups.
We love the TPA approach of experienced and retired principals mentoring principals from lower performing schools. Keith has been a great in help in Halbert identifying areas of concern; arranging for teachers to visit other schools for further training as well as planning for workshops with the teachers.
The Bulungula Incubator is an NPO established in 2007 that aims to address the challenges of rural poverty. They are located in the former Transkei, in the Eastern Cape Province.
The programme we will be partnering on is called iiTablet Tshomiz. Started in 2016, using an online interactive mathematics teaching and learning programme called MathsBuddy, they are already reaching 350 learners and plan to expand to 1000 learners over the next 3 years. They run this programme in a remote rural area with no cellphone signal or electricity. The programme is powered with solar technology and satellite internet. They hope to refine an implementable programme that neatly packages solutions to the existing barriers to technology in the classroom.
Won Life is an NPO working in the community of Fisantekraal, just outside of Durbanville. They have worked in this community since 1999, delivering services in the areas of health and education. We will specifically be partnering with them on the Teacher Mentorship Programme they run for Grade 1 and 2 teachers at Trevor Manuel Primary School. The main focus areas of the Teacher Mentorship Programme are: Curriculum Development, Classroom Setup, Teaching Support and Learner Assessment.