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 ...
Feb 4, 2015

Thank you!

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

This is the final Project report for “Help South African children achieve in Maths”. Thanks to your very generous donations, this project is now fully funded!

Green Shoots have been supporting Bongolethu Primary since November 2013. Due to the donations received:

  • 386 learners from grade 4, 5 & 6 were registered on the online Maths programme for 2014 & the new classes are being registered for 2015
  • Throughout 2014 the grade 4, 5 & 6learners completed 2 hours a week of Maths activities online with real-time feedback
  • The 3 grade 4, 5 & 6 Maths teachers were trained to use the online maths resources and received in class support from the Green Shoots Curriculum Facilitator
  • The Maths teachers were given support to use the data from the online resources to target issues with Maths concepts and also provide individualised support to learners
  • The school ran additional Maths support classes for grade 6 using the online Maths exercises

The impact of this support: In the Annual National Assessments for Grade 6 for 2014, the school improved its pass % by 10% from its 2013 result. The learners are enjoying using the online Maths activities. They have greater confidence in their Maths abilities and are more willing to try more difficult concepts both in the computer centre and in class.

Bongolethu Primary teachers and learners are now empowered to continue with the online Maths Program for 2015 on their own. The Principal and staff are keen to build on the success of 2014.

Thanks to your donations, this school has changed. Learners now are enthusiastic about their Maths and there has been an improvement in achievement. Teachers have the backing from the online Maths lessons & real-time data to continually improve the Maths learning experience at the school.

Although this Project is now complete – we are scaling this successful model to provide additional support to two Primary schools in a new Project “Help more South African children achieve in Maths”. We would be very grateful of any donations for this new Project so that we can now assist 1,700 more learners to achieve their potential!

Help more South African children achieve in Maths

THANK YOU!

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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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