WE'RE BETTER TOGETHER
We have all sat through a speech that extols the power of teamwork, filled with rousing quotes and sports metaphors, whether in a school assembly, a Hollywood film or at work. This April at KHULA, we have been reminded of why it's such a popular theme. Working with scholarship programs to help students into further education, working with technology partners to offer extra lessons and resources and working with our Matric classes to help them prepare for exams - this month it's been all about bringing together people with a common goal - to offer quality education for all.
Take a look at some of the snapshots of what we are up to in this email, and don't miss the announcement that our partners at Fugitive's Drift are hosting a talk on the Battle of Isandlwana to fundraise with us later this month.
We are thrilled to announce that 19-year-old Thabani Menzi Mahlaba is starting out on his journey to study Computer Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, as part of the Moshal Scholarship Programme. Thabani had been studying in Ntalantala Secondary School when he was put forward for the Moshal Scholarship Programme by KHULA. His parents are unemployed, and he knew that if he wanted to continue in education, he would need to perform well enough in his Matrics to qualify for a scholarship. This knowledge spurred him on to work harder. He studied intensely, using the recently installed WiFi to self-teach the Physical Science curriculum via YouTube videos, and working with our KHULA Maths teacher to get a grasp on trigonometry.
Partnering to Offer Online Learning Resources To Students and Teachers
We have been working with the My Futures programme, an initiative by iSchoolAfrica, to offer 45 students in their final year additional online live lessons each week, and access to a library of curriculum content across all their subjects. The students are being loaned iPads to access the materials. We were so excited to work together on this project, and you can see our Shiyane students hard at work here.
Through another tech partnership, we've expanded our Maths Educator Mentorship programme from 4 to 18 high school Maths teachers with the assistance of Advantage Learn. This online curriculum is CAPS aligned, ensuring that Maths Educators can brush up their skills and learn to explain concepts in new ways. Advantage Learn have also offered seven star students a full scholarship for their online curriculum in Core Maths, Advanced Maths or Physics. For four lucky Grade 10 students, this offer will span three years, helping them prepare for the all important final Grade 12 examinations.
HELPING WITH FINANCIAL LITERACY
This year, we are focusing on building out our Life Skills programme. We had to postpone our usual camps due to the pandemic, but that has spurred us on to think about how we can provide coaching throughout the year to current students, and beyond. In one addition to our programme our new UK board member, Thendo Tlou, is providing financial literacy coaching to Madrinha Scholarship students.
The battle of Isandlwana has been the subject of much debate and conjecture. This epic tale has for years been painted as a great British blunder, perhaps it is time to consider this battle for what it really was, a great Zulu victory.
With travel to and around South Africa on hold for most of us, Doug Rattray is bringing history to you, in a online talk to raise money for KHULA Education. Join him on May 19th to brush up on your history and raise money for a great cause.