Ebuhleni abound with possibility

Two leaders in their own right – School Principal, Nelisiwe Khoza, and Sales Manager, Collin Mkhize - have successfully improved aspects of school life at Soweto’s Ebuhleni Primary by participating in the Partners for Possibility (PfP) leadership development process

 

Over the 12-month period, the partners made notable headway in tackling the various issues at the school, which range from below par academic performance and a lack of extra mural activities to team cohesiveness and inadequate school infrastructure.                                                      

While the PfP Time to think, Flawless Consulting and Community Building workshops helped Nelisiwe and Collin gain awareness in terms of their own leadership, a perhaps more significant outcome of this experience was the formulation of a comprehensive school improvement plan which presented the duo with an opportunity to implement their newly acquired leadership skills.

These were their specific focus points:

Team cohesiveness,values and trust

 

At a workshop on values arranged for the staff and the School Governing Body (SGB), five values for the school were agreed upon, namely integrity, respect, accountability, honesty and passion.

Improving literacy

 

To achieve their long-term goal of improving the learners’ literacy skills, workshops run by the READ Educational Trust were arranged to build a common toolkit of teaching methodologies for the Grade 1 educators. The first workshop, entitled Shared Reading, has already taken place.

Moreover, this gave the less experienced Grade 1 educators an opportunity to voice their need for their more experienced colleagues to support them.

 

      

Values workshop                                             READ teacher training

 

New teaching and learning resources

 

To counter the learner’s poor performance in mathematics, the partners attracted a donation of Maths Kits from NPO the Maths Centre. The partners hope that these resources will enhance the learners’ mathematical abilities in a fun and engaging way.

 

Maths Kits training session for educators

 

JSE listed Imperial Group, Ukhamba Holdings, has also committed to the renovation and extension of the school library from September 2018, and the provision of a librarian by January 2019.

 

  

The current school library

 

Improving ICT resources and strategy

 

Nelisiwe and Collin tackled the inadequate ICT resources by equipping members of the SGB with the skills to produce fundraising proposals. A template for sponsorship requests, developed by Ebuhleni educator, Mr Nkoana, has been successfully used to request funding from the Gauteng Education Department (GDE) and other private institutions.

Another area of progress, also championed by Mr Nkoana, has been the development of an ICT strategy for the school. Thanks to his efforts, the school was invited by the GDE to participate in an ICT strategy project for schools at the world-class Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.

Establishing sport facilities and other extra-mural activities

 

Through Imperial/Ukhamba, an outdoor chess board was established, with schoolstakeholders willing to introduce chess coaches for the learners. This will provide the learners with stimulation and enjoyment outside

Last but not least, SASKO donated a soccer kit, and made fundraising stalls available for an event organised by the SBG.

  

Both partners believe that the impact of their partnership will intensify over time as they maintain their engagement.

Nelisiwe’s new leadership style has elicited positive responses from her teachers, who are now willing to positively contribute to the school.

‘’Collin has taught me that everything is possible as long as you are willing to do it’’, she says.

As for Collin, he feels humbled by the experience.

‘’The education system has a long way to go - especially in township schools. However, I have respect for teachers who work and still produce results in such environments’’, he says.

More about Ebuhleni

Ebuhleni Primary is a no-fee school, which caters for learners from Grade R to Grade 4. Like many township schools, Ebuhleni experiences challenges that arise from the socio-economic conditions of its community and from the condition of the school’s infrastructure.

The partner’s presentation at their 12-month celebration event can be viewed here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMYvMzKdfT4&index=5&t=237s&list=PLvy0259Tl34mPQEbY3SBUcB2H26fRwj5E

 

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30 November -1, 00:00
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