Green Shoots Education Services

Vision: -For all children in Africa to be able to experience quality education. Mission: To enhance the quality of education through the use of ICT Our overall Mission statement can be broken down into our key objectives: 1. For ICT to contribute to the quality of teaching 2. To improve the learning experience of children 3. To raise the attainment of children 4. To impact on Education Department practice with regards to the integration of ICT & data analysis 5. To provide a work readiness programme for post school young people GSES was formed in May 2012 from a group of education and technology consultants who are passionate to facilitate change ...
May 5, 2015

Planning for success

St Mary
St Mary's teachers planning for term 2 success

It has been a busy week for the teachers at St Mary’s and Mzamomhle Primary schools, the two schools supported by this Project "Help more South African children achieve in Maths". Thanks to this Project, the Green Shoots team is able to support the 13 Maths teachers, two technical teaching assistants and school managements at the two schools.

This week Green Shoots hosted Maths Progress review sessions at each school. Through the Maths Curriculum Online (MCO) programme, provided through this Global Giving Project, teachers are able to track each learner’s progress. Thanks to your generous donations 382 grade 3-7 (ages 8-13) learners at St Mary’s and 707 grade 4-7 learners are benefiting on a weekly basis from MCO.

It was so exciting to see the enthusiasm of the teachers as they worked through the per child and per class data analysis from this term provided by the Green Shoots team member. Teachers were so grateful that they could have details of each child immediately, without having to spend a lot of time marking and collating the data. This data from the MCO allows teachers to focus their time instead on supporting learners to succeed in Maths.

Both the sessions finished with the teachers planning new strategies and ideas to help their learners to improve their achievement in Maths for the remainder of this Term. The teachers are eager to see how results improve by the end of Term 2!

This data analysis is so helpful, I know what my learners are struggling with and now I can plan my lessons to help them improve” St. Mary’s teacher.

“I can assess my learners better. I can give individual attention to the learners that struggle and those above-average”  Mzamomhle teacher.

Mzamomhle teachers reviewing learners
Mzamomhle teachers reviewing learners' progress
An Mzamomhle learner loving his online Maths
An Mzamomhle learner loving his online Maths

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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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