At Edupeg, we have the privilege of forging strong relationships with compassionate, hard-working, dedicated principals who head up schools in challenging environments. These are two-way partnerships based on a shared goal of improving teaching and learning performance and where the leadership is strong the rewards are high for both parties, which is evident when we received feedback from two such principals, Mr Ngubane from Bonisanani Primary in KwaZulu-Natal and Mrs Sume from Charles Duna Primary in the Eastern Cape.
Feedback from Mr Ngubane, “It gives me great pleasure to comment on what Edupeg means to our school. Bonisanani Primary, just like any other township school, is faced with a plethora of challenges; lack of parental support, educators who are frustrated with a lot of changes in our education system, no full support from educational officials etc. Edupeg came as a lifesaver; the team came to our rescue to address the pressing social and academic problems in education by empowering our educators to Teach like Champions. I can proudly say that our school has now been transformed. We have a good relationship with our Edupeg team and visitors who come to our school, and especially with our mentors Mrs Godlwana and Mrs Pitot.
In his book We Need to Act Professor Jonathan Jansen says: “If we do nothing as active citizens, we become part of the narrative of hopelessness.” By serving others, we improve ourselves. At Bonisanani we have gained a lot from Edupeg and surely Edupeg has gained a lot from us.”
What our mentors have to say about Mr Ngubane, “It is a pleasure to work with Mr Ngubane at Bonisanani. He is a principal who truly leads by example. He sets high standards for learners and staff members alike, and actively looks for ways to empower them to achieve their potential. He has a clear vision for the school, which he and his team pursue with passion and commitment.”
Mrs Sume’s feedback echoes that of Mr Ngubane’s, “It gives me great pleasure to report on the schools partnership with Edupeg. The mentorship of our teachers by the Edupeg mentors is yielding positive results. These are noticeable differences – Teacher confidence and moral has improved. The different changes with the curriculum brought a lot of confusion, as a result teachers were not sure what to actually do in the classroom. The Edupeg mentors have been doing demonstration lessons for our teachers, something that they really appreciated as no Departmental workshop has ever afforded them that privilege. The teachers are now even willing to do videos of their lessons, so as to share learnt techniques with other educators.
Lessons are more engaging to learners. The difference in quality of teaching is especially evident with the grade ones as the majority can read books and write double and multiple consonants by March and April, a first for our school. Normally, we would only be able to achieve this by September!
The discipline techniques have helped to improve our learner discipline, thus eliminating a waste of time trying to get every learner’s attention. The videos done in our classrooms are used to show other teachers within our school how their colleagues are dealing with discipline. This is aimed at creating uniformity.
Planning techniques have helped the educators to have structured lesson plans, which are more children centered and promote individual learning. Learners are sitting in groups and teachers easily go around and make contact with all the groups. The Circulate technique ensures that all learners are working and not wasting time. Our learning attitude towards mathematics has also improved.
The exit ticket helps the teacher to have an indication of the number of learners who have understood the lesson and those that still need assistance, thus helping with follow up activities that are focused on the individual learner.”
To read more about Mrs Sume, read our blog about her.
We thank these principals for their feedback, as well as all they are doing to support our project and mentors at their schools to achieve a shared goal.