For the first 20 years of democracy, section 27(3) of the Constitution – the right that no one may be refused emergency medical treatment – has been a lie to the people of the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area in the Eastern Cape.
In September 2016, we began the rollout of an online interactive mathematics teaching and learning programme called MathsBuddy at one of the four primary schools, Xhora Mouth JSS, that we work with in the Xhora Mouth Administrative Area. The programme is being implemented in partnership with the school and has the support of the Principal, Deputy Principal and teachers.
The programme is in English and covers the South African curriculum from Grade 1 to Grade 12 and until now has only been available in elite private schools. We installed a satellite internet connection at the school, procured 35 durable tablets (with long battery life), subscribed to MathsBuddy and registered 65 Grade 1s onto the system. Each child has a unique login for the programme, and the programme records the progress of the learner (in live time) and adapts to each child’s strengths and weaknesses.
We run the programme using the “teaching at the right level” pedagogical approach which according to the latest research is the most effective way of consistently improving learning outcomes. This requires grouping the learners according to their learning level. We ran a range of diagnostic tests to assess the children and group them into three different groups: amahashe (horses), iintaka (birds) and iinkomo (cows). The learners are then allocated tasks to complete on the programme which are tailored to their level and which they can complete at their own pace. Read more
We are particularly proud of our 2015 Annual Report as it is our first one to be published in both English and Xhosa. It includes a summary of our latest projects as well as our audited financial statements for the period. You can download an electronic copy of the English version here: Annual Report 2015 (English) and a copy of the Xhosa version here: Annual Report 2015 (isiXhosa) or if you would like a hard copy please email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your postal address and we’ll pop it in the post for you.
Imagine if, on your way to work this morning, you saw a burning building with a child in it whose life you could save with little cost or risk to yourself. Imagine how you would feel about yourself, how your friends and family would feel about you doing this heroic act. Would you do it - of course you would, no question: save a child's life with no risk to yourself? Of course. Even there was some risk, many of you would probably take the chance anyway.