November 30, 2019

Managing Oversized Classrooms

Siphosethu Primary in Ntuzuma, KZN. It’s 10 o’clock and 109 energetic Grade 5 learners are crammed into one small classroom, chatting noisily as they wait for their teacher. Everything they need for the upcoming lesson is already on their desks. Mrs Dlamini appears in the doorway and immediately the atmosphere changes. “3 … 2 … 1… Stop!”
October 21, 2019

Rise Up Teacher’s Conference 2019

When teachers give so much of themselves every day, it’s wonderful to see events that celebrate and reignite their passion and purpose. The Rise Up Teachers’ Conference held in Durban, KZN, on World Teachers’ Day, was just such an occasion. Educators from near and far – including a number of the Edufundi mentees and mentors – joined together as part of a #CommunityofCourage to learn, share and be inspired.
September 26, 2019

Being Fully Prepared & Having 100% Engagement From All Learners

Teacher effectiveness matters - it’s a science. Children end up in different places in life based on who they have as teachers.​ There are many factors that affect a learner’s behaviour and performance, but one of the most impactful is the teacher’s degree of preparation.
September 26, 2019

Improvement in Learner Behaviour & Classroom Discipline

“In my classroom now my learners are disciplined, they listen, and the marks are increasing year after year.” Great things are possible when mentors are well-equipped and mentees are willing and committed. One of the most significant changes in all Edufundi supported schools is the approach to discipline in the classroom.
September 26, 2019

How Mentoring Empowers South Africa’s Teachers

Why mentoring? Teachers are without doubt the most important resource in any school as they hold the potential to create enormous change in the lives of their learners. Initiatives, programmes and workshops aimed at improving and strengthening teacher effectiveness are crucial investments as they can have a positive impact on the quality of education enjoyed by current and future generations.
September 26, 2019

The Journey of Mentoring

A masterful mentor is someone who is able to see the mentee as he/she is as well as what he/she can become... In educational terms, mentoring is about supporting and facilitating the development of teachers. This might sound straightforward but, in practice, it requires a far more complex combination of skills, intelligences and personal traits.
September 26, 2019

Four Steps Forward

“The impact on teacher practice will be far greater when mentors are engaged in rigorous high-quality professional development. As a result there is a greater likelihood that the experience and outcomes for learners will improve. When we tend to the learning needs of all adults in the learning organisation, children will benefit.”
August 16, 2019

Leaving Behind a Culture of Professional Development & Support

Edufundi believes in sustainability, not dependency. It is important, therefore, that the schools we support take ownership of the Programme for themselves. Once a school has graduated from the Programme, then the School Management Team – as instructional leaders – must be able to continue providing quality professional development and support.
June 20, 2019

The Girl at the Gate

Every morning on my way to work I have driven past a particular house. Like the others in that neighbourhood, the house is small and dark, with a yard that is dusty or muddy, depending on the weather. Inevitably there is a little girl standing outside at the gate, watching the comings and goings along the street.
The Girl at the Gate
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