Educators in class to learn the basics

2015-08-27 06:00

A group of Early Childhood Development trainee educators marked the end of their year-long training at Bongolethu Primary School in Philippi last Thursday.

Their training, which started last year in June, was hosted by ORTSA Cape Educating for Life.

Pamela Ncapai, A Facilitator for Grade R teachers, said the training aims at assisting the teachers with skills development.

The training also helps them with effective ways of impoarting knowledge to the ir subjects.

“We develop the teachers in curriculum development and life skills. We focus on Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement(Caps).

We see the good results for the training on Grade 1 learners who were taught by teachers who attended our training. It improves their teaching styles and exposes them to different method of teaching,” Ncapai said.

The 34 teachers who attended the training are variously coming from different areas such as Gugulethu, Nyanga, Philippi and Lower Crossroads. They attended the training once a week for three hours. ORTSA Cape works close with Western Cape Education Department (WCED) which helps them with selecting the teachers.

The teachers have now Level 5 qualification which is just one step behind the Level 6 which is required by the Education Department for the mainstream schools.

Nomfundo Puwani, a Grade R teacher at Naluxolo Primary School, who also attended the training, said the training was useful.

“We learnt a number of things which are helping us in improving teaching. We saw the results soon after we started attending the training. It improves the self-esteem of the children and also improves the communication skills for the children as they work in groups. It was an eye-opener. Our work is now in order,” Puwani said. Dr Lydia Abel, Director for ORTSA Cape educating for life, said they have been training Grade R teachers since 2008.

“We focus on children, so we train teachers who then become better than the teachers who were not trained by us. We train them on isiXhosa. I love the fact that they praise the training.

Learners get involved in the work that they do and it is not only on theory, but it involves practical work,” Dr Abel said.

Dr Abel said they depended on donors to get funds to host the trainings. They have trained over 600 Grade R teachers in the past three years alone

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