Grade 7 learners moulded to become better

2017-12-07 06:00

People are always up in arms, so to speak, about senseless violence in the townships.

Parents point fingers at children; children are blaming each other and the cycle continues. Teachers are at loggerheads with learners. So, who is at fault here, and who is on the right path.This vicious cycle seems never ending, and the death rate is very high.

However, the reality is that children are born into this world, and what they become is a reflection of the universe around them

Now there is a programme that is geared to help enhance their conscience and re-awaken the fervour..

“The Bridge” is a program that is meant to assist, support and encourage Grade 7 learners to gain a smooth passage once they are in high school. On 26 October this year, we marked the first foray into this unfamiliar turf, with a pilot program at Moshesh Primary school in Langa. This program is about transferring practical learning knowledge and skills to improve the learners’ academic performance come year end. In “The Bridge”, we believe that a better subject understanding leads to improved performance during exams.

This program is also an attempt to complements the work done by teachers, as is stated in the wisdom of old: “it takes a village to raise a child.”

The value-base of the program rests on the belief that “every learner has the ability to excel in class.”

At present, the method and approach used by the department of education always favours and supports those learners that appear to have a better grasp on issues than others. This leads to learner “classification”, which, in turn, disempowers other learners.

“The Bridge” targets mainly those learners who are said to be poor performers in class or those that take a while time to fathom in class.

Our intervention starts at Grade 7, until the learners reach Grade 12,, which means we forge a 5-year relationship with the learners, coupled with a wide range of relevant activities and programs in place to ensure a sound and positive relationship with them. We also allow learners to point out their challenges as far as their academic performance is concerned and give them pointers in terms of how they could improve in the given subjects.

As an example, a learner who has a challenge with English is directed to “Read” more often to improve in the language in order to develop a better understanding.

In the process, the learner begins to develop a better understanding or subject knowledge. We believe that positive changes happen more rapid when learners are at Grade 7 than Grade 12. Our aim is to see learners that are better matured in Grade 12 and are able to make informed decisions about their lives.

“The Bridge” also comes with an adoption plan as an essential component of the program. For instance, since we have now adopted Grade 7 learners of Moshesh Primary School and Thembani Primary school in Langa, we carry them through to Grade 12 and not just help them cross the bridge unattended. The learners are introduced and exposed to extra-classes from Grade 8 onwards. We are now busy working out a strategy to recruit university students and academic volunteers for mentoring on subjects such as Maths, Science and English.

We have been complaining and “skinnering” about these youngsters’ “Gurans” and drug issues for far too long, it’s time for action. It’s time we made a difference to our Societies and the time is now! If we feel parents have failed, then it is time to be that “Village”. It is high time we start becoming responsible citizens of the country and assist where we can. The government officials know “fokol” about what happens on the ground. These children are the future, meaning today is the future. Your support is crucial to us, we can’t do this on our own, as one aspect of our values says: Partnership and Collaboration. If you wish to take part and assist where you can do feel free to contact us on 078 387… and 0763870116 to make this initiative a great one.

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