EducationDay: In South African classrooms, a dire lack of resources is hindering growth. But everyday people are ensuring children never lose their love for learning.
In South African classrooms, a dire lack of resources is hindering growth.
According to the World Bank, a child in South Africa will complete an average of 9.3 years in school by the age of 18. But in terms of the quality of education, they will only complete 5.1 years. This means at least four years of the time they spend in school is wasted. For Grade 9 Mathematics and Science, South Africa continues to be one of the lower scoring countries, while 78% of learners cannot read for comprehension by the end of Grade 4.
There is hope. In the community of Thulamahashe, people believed it was impossible to receive an A in Maths and Science. While working as a teacher in a traditional classroom, Jerry Mbowane provided extra lessons to students in need. But he realised these learners required his full attention. So Mbowane quit his job, and committed full-time to tutoring beneath the shade of a tree. With just a small group sitting around a table, it was here that Mbowane could provide kids with the individual help they required. The results are remarkable – his pupils have gone on to receive distinctions and become doctors and engineers. “You teach one child,” Mbowane says, “you empower South Africa.”
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