Welcome to the first of our #EdufundiAtHome video series! As a parent or caregiver, you are being encouraged to teach your children at home during lock-down. This can be a daunting task. That’s why we have created the new #EdufundiAtHome video series, to help you teach like a champion at home.
Teaching as many may know is not as easy as it may seem. It is embedded with many different facets to which a teacher has to adapt to. You have a duty of teaching, caring, disciplining, alongside many others. Being a novice teacher and having to adapt to these demanding roles was extremely challenging.
It was a truly intimidating experience for the Edufundi team when we first walked into Ludwe Ngamlana school four years ago. The school had a staff component of 48 teachers that catered for 1500 learners, so we weren’t sure how we were going to make a difference given the size of the school.
There are 1080 learners at the school, but less than 20% of the parents and caregivers are involved in the education of their children. This lack of parental involvement places additional pressure on teachers and school leaders alike, which compounds what is already an extremely challenging learning environment.
During her short time on the Programme, Mrs N. Dlamini from KwaZulu-Natal has made noteworthy progress, and her enthusiasm is contagious: “I love myself now. I feel as if I am a new teacher; I enjoy teaching more. I need to train and workshop other educators, to make sure I ‘make’ someone who is just like me.”
My name is Tasneem Jacobs and I am a Foundation Phase teacher currently teaching Grade 3. I started teaching in the year 2018. Being a novice teacher, I was faced with many challenges and obstacles every day. My first year of teaching was the most difficult year of my career.