Sit still Thobani! Stop turning around Phindi… Young man if you don’t start writing that work is going to write by itself… Aahh the famous lines of teachers in the moments when we are almost at our wit’s end…
I am a teacher. I owe my being to the beautiful children I am entrusted to educate. The year 2020 began with endless possibilities. I was to teach grade 1 for the first time. I was filled with motivation to mould the minds of my highly impressionable learners. I wanted to teach them skills that would last them a lifetime.
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.