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 ...
Jun 7, 2016

How data helps teachers

Teacher assisting learner
Teacher assisting learner

We are reaching the half-year mark at our schools supported by the project “Help more South African children achieve in Maths” and both schools are currently busy completing their online half-year Maths assessments. Both schools, Mzamomhle Primary and St Marys Primary have fervently completed their twice weekly exercises, combined the two schools have completed 82% of their weekly exercises.

One of the ways we support these schools is by providing them with data that will enable teachers to support their learners to excel in Maths. We send teachers reports that indicate how their classes have been using the Online Maths Programme twice a term, as well as summarised per child, per question, per class data of the assessments they complete.

Teachers have given positive feedback on how this data has helped them in the class room. One of the major benefits of receiving such data is that teachers are able to identify the areas with which their learners are struggling in and intervene.

“The data has resulted in me changing the way I identify learners who are having difficulty. This has influenced the intervention programme in my class.” Grade 5 teacher at St Mary’s Primary

“The data was very helpful to me because I could see the different levels where the learners were at. I could plan the interventions accordingly.” Grade 6 teacher at Mzamomhle Primary

Thanks to your donations we are able to provide teachers with the data that empowers them to make a difference in their learners Maths results and ultimately in their futures.  

Teachers analyzing their data
Teachers analyzing their data
Apr 20, 2016

Teachers are taking greater ownership

Teachers assessing their data
Teachers assessing their data

Term 2 is well underway at the two schools supported by the Project "Help more South African children achieve in Maths.” It was a successful Term 1 for the schools supported by this project, both St Mary’s Primary and Mzamomhle Primary have completed 80% of their Maths lessons. At the beginning of the term we had our termly PLC (Professional Learning Community) at St Mary’s Primary. PLCs are workshops held with groups of educators and the school management to review the real-time data (per learner, per question feedback data) they receive from our organisation. PLCs facilitates data informed decisions that leads to change in Maths teaching and ultimately improves Maths results.

PLCs are usually facilitated by one of our curriculum specialists, but this PLC was a bit different from previous PLCs. According to our facilitator her experience at this specific PLC was heartening, “It was very encouraging to see that through the mentoring of PLCs the past few years educators have reached a level of sustainability.”

The head of Maths and her team prepared a well-planned session by themselves with no intervention from our curriculum specialist. Her presentation was not needed as educators had their questions and formatted data ready to review the assessment results. They discussed the questions which learners struggled with and looked at the various reasons. They then planned an intervention strategy to implement across all grades for the following few weeks as a result of their findings. Teachers are taking greater ownership of the project and of their Maths teaching.

Thanks to your generous donations, this project "Help more South African children achieve in Maths” is able to mentor and support 23 teachers to improve their quality of their Maths teaching. In turn this enables then to provide a better for 1, 062 learners, making their big dreams a possibility.

Teachers discussing their learners results
Teachers discussing their learners results
Jan 28, 2016

A new year with new possibilities

Mzamomhle learner doing Maths Curriculum Online
Mzamomhle learner doing Maths Curriculum Online

2015 was a successful year for the “Help more South African achieve in Maths” project. Last year the project provided 1,089 learners with a quality Maths education and helped 13 teachers to better support their learners. 

We are now two weeks into the new school year in South Africa and the learners and teachers at the two schools, Mzamomhle Primary and St Mary’s Primary are already registered for the Maths Curriculum Online (MCO) programme. MCO is a cloud based learning system that delivers digital Maths CAPS exercises and assessments for grades 3 - 9. The learners and teacher at both schools are enthusiastic and ready to take advantage of the MCO programme provided by your generous donations.

We are able to support the schools for another year through this Project. This means that now 153 Mzamomhle Primary learners and 99 learners at St Mary’s Primary will have the opportunity to have to having a quality Maths education. This means in total this project will support 1,341 learners.

The teachers at Mzamomhle are ready to receive support from Green Shoots. The school is growing in numbers every year and they want to ensure that they provide learners with a good education. ”Teachers always need the tools and the encouragement to improve their practice.” says Ms Nake, grade 6 teacher at Mzamomhle.

Thank you for your donations, they are enabling learners to receive the firm foundation that will allow them to reach their dreams.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin

Principal addressing learners at Mzamomhle Primary
Principal addressing learners at Mzamomhle Primary
 
   

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