Green Shoots Education Services

Vision: -For all children in South Africa to be able to experience quality education. Mission: Green Shoots Education Services (GSES) endeavours to uplift and empower by collaborating with local systems to: - Provide innovation in educational pedagogy and teaching practice - Provide personalised professional development programmes for teachers & school management - Utilise appropriate technology to maximise and accelerate learning - Provide reliable and efficient technical support services - Produce individualized curriculum programmes -Design and implement educational monitoring systems - Construct and promote programs that involve the broader school community GSES employs ...
Nov 7, 2014

It's exam time at Bonglethu!

Concentrating hard
Concentrating hard

MATHS has been the focus of this Project throughout 2014. Enabled by your generous donation, Green Shoots staff have been supporting teachers and learners at Bongolethu Primary to reach the Project goal "Help South African children achieve in Maths". In Term 3 alone, there were 87 Online Maths lessons for the 9 classes and 368 Grade 4-6 learners. This term the Grade 4, 5 & 6 teachers, Mrs N Gcayiya, Mrs N Booi & Mr B Dlwathi, have been focussing on using the real-time feedback from the online lessons to prompt learners to improve the accuracy of their answers.

External and school exams are happening now in Term 4. These exams will help to measure the progress that learners have made over this year. The Principal, Mr Mlindazwe, said “The response showed by teachers is that of visible engagement and excitement which translates to passionate learner involvement. Learners are more actively involved with their mathematics calculations. Learners do not want to miss out on their computer session. We are awaiting to see if results will now improve.”

However this Project is about far more than just exam results. It is about allowing learners access to quality education, encouraging improved enthusiasm for studying and instilling a sense of pride in every learner about their achievements, no matter how small. Your support that has made a real difference at Bongolethu Primary School, thank you!

" Now what is the answer here?"
" Now what is the answer here?"
A little help is always welcome
A little help is always welcome

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Aug 8, 2014

"I can concentrate on supporting my learners "

MCO in action
MCO in action

Mr Bongani Dlwathi is a grade 6 Maths teacher and the Deputy Principal at Bongolethu Primary school. He has been teaching Maths at the school since 2004. In October 2013 Green Shoots started implementing its Maths Curriculum Online (MCO) Programme at Bongolethu Primary, made possible by your generous donations.

Mid-way through 2014 and Mr Dlwathi is still excited at how MCO is making a difference in his Maths classes and is improving the confidence and Maths skills of his learners.

“It has helped me to clearly identify where the learners are struggling the most and which content needs to be revised. It helps to assess the learners' understanding and misunderstandings as well as providing internal assessments for mathematics.”

Mr Dlwathi teaches three grade 6 classes (ages 12-13) which means he is responsible for 114 learners, that is a lot of books to mark every week! However thanks to support from Global Giving donors, Mr Dlwathi is able to use MCO to track each one of the 114 learners on a weekly basis.

” I can monitor each learner’s progress and every learner can track their own achievements through the weekly online exercises. After the learners have completed an online exercise I can access the feedback from their attempts immediately. I am able to identify the areas that learners are struggling with and go back to class and reiterate those specific Maths concepts.”

The MCO exercises and the per child data it provides has made all the difference to Mr Dlwathi and his learners. He can now spend much more of his time supporting learners with their Maths difficulties. Mr Dlwathi is keen to push his classes so that the 2014 grade 6 Maths classes can be the best the school has seen!

Thank you for your donations that are making such a difference, not just to these grade 6 classes, but to the 368 learners from nine grade 4, 5 & 6 classes at Bongolethu Primary.

A Grade 6 class
A Grade 6 class
Mr Dlwathi
Mr Dlwathi

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May 12, 2014

"I am getting better"

Sonwabile
Sonwabile

Sonwabile in Grade 6 at Bongolethu Primary is definitely enjoying his Maths lessons in the computer centre. "I am getting better and better in my test. I know this because I watch my marks and it is improving. I enjoy using the computers at school because it helps us with our Maths and all the children are getting brighter."

Sonwabile is one of 115 grade 6 pupils who have been using Green Shoots Maths Curriculum Online (MCO) in the computer centre twice a week to do their Maths lessons. There are 368 pupils in total in grades 4, 5 & 6 using MCO to do Maths at the school.

For the majority of learners, it is not just about doing Maths, it is also an opportunity to use technology for the first time. Ayabonga in Grade 6 says, "I never used a computer before doing maths in the computer room at school. I like to calculate and the computer tells me if my answer was right after I finish."

A Green Shoots Facilitator has been supporting the teachers to use this new teaching resource optimally with their classes. Mrs Booi, the Grade 5 teacher is pleased with the impact that this new way of doing Maths is having on her learners, "The kids love going to the computer room because they enjoy the exercises. They are the ones reminding me that it is time for their lesson in the computer centre. They are getting good practice in reading in their second language when doing the exercises. Learners always want to improve their scores and I am able to provide individual support to them."

It is the tracking of every learner and the individual support available, that is a vital aspect of the Project being supported by Global Giving donors at Bongolethu Primary. This targeted support allows every learner an opportunity to reach their potential in Maths.

The focus for the remainder of Term 2 is to encourage teachers and leaners to use the scores to set higher targets for their MCO Maths exercises and follow up the learning in the classroom.

Thank you for your very valuable support.

Ayabonga
Ayabonga
Mrs Booi teaching her class
Mrs Booi teaching her class
An MCO lesson in progress
An MCO lesson in progress

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