There is broad consensus that ‘teacher quality’ is the single most important variable influencing pupil achievement in schools. The focus of intervention for Edufundi is on the most important element in the system - the teacher.
The Edufundi Project
“There is broad consensus that ‘teacher quality’ is the single most important variable influencing pupil achievement in schools, but unfortunately little has been done in meaningful teacher development. This helps explain the current reality where the vast majority of pupils still do not acquire even minimal competencies in maths and science during their school years. Because it is almost impossible to remediate four years’ of teaching backlogs in only a year or two, the need to focus on improving the quality of teaching and teacher training at primary school level is very important “The later in life we try to repair early deficits, the costlier the remediation becomes.” Nic Spaull, 2015
The Edufundi Approach
The focus of intervention for Edufundi is on the most important element in the system - the teacher. Our team of 17 highly skilled and experienced teacher-mentors visit primary schools to mentor and support teachers in their classrooms. They use teaching techniques from the acclaimed “Teach Like A Champion” book to mentor and support teachers in the challenging environments in which they work. With sustained and meaningful support at this level of the education system, we can remediate some of the gaps that many of our teachers and learners are experiencing in the Foundation (Grade 1-3) and Intermediate Phases (Grade 4-6). The exercise of trying to change teaching practice becomes nearly impossible in later years, where the deficits are so great that any remediation is like pouring water into a bucket full of holes.
Edufundi Teacher Support
With support from school leadership, working with small groups of motivated teachers and using a few simple effective teaching techniques, teachers are enabled to better manage their classrooms, resulting in visible improvements in teaching practice and in turn learner performance.
To be a sought-after provider of quality educational mentorship and capacity building to teachers in primary schools, so that all our children have a love of learning, a thirst for knowledge and are well prepared to achieve their full potential.
Edufundi aims to unlock the potential of our children by promoting quality education in primary schools through teacher mentorship and support.
We know that Education in South Africa is currently in crisis; we have a very committed and experienced team working towards changing this so that each of our teachers, and in turn the children they teach, can indeed achieve their full potential.