Teachers to benefit from programme

2017-10-18 06:00
Looking on as the MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett (front), signs a T-shirt in support of the newly-launched teacher development programme, are from the left Anton Nicolaisen (provincial head of Standard Bank in the Northern Cape and Free State), Lesego Monyera (acting district director at the Department of Education), Roseline Taylor (district director at the department) and Nontobeko Mabude (Mfundo Development Foundation official). A partnership between the Northern Cape Department of Education, Standard Bank and the Mfundo Development Foundation will see 16 schools in the Frances Baard district benefit from it.

Looking on as the MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett (front), signs a T-shirt in support of the newly-launched teacher development programme, are from the left Anton Nicolaisen (provincial head of Standard Bank in the Northern Cape and Free State), Lesego Monyera (acting district director at the Department of Education), Roseline Taylor (district director at the department) and Nontobeko Mabude (Mfundo Development Foundation official). A partnership between the Northern Cape Department of Education, Standard Bank and the Mfundo Development Foundation will see 16 schools in the Frances Baard district benefit from it.

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A partnership between the Northern Cape Department of Education, Standard Bank and the Mfundo Development Foundation will see 16 schools in the Frances Baard District benefit from a newly-launched teacher development programme.

Mfundo Development’s Intermediate Teacher Deve-lopment Programme, in which Standard Bank invested R4 million, specifically focuses on Mathematics, Science and English in the intermediate phase (Gr. 4 to Gr. 7).

The progamme was launched at the Boichoko Primary School in Galeshewe and will run over a period of three years.

This, according to the head of Standard Bank in the Northern Cape, Anton Nicolaisen, will definitely enhance effectiveness in classrooms by supporting teachers with tools to improve their methods of teaching and learning.

Nicolaisen elaborated that the programme is also expected to promote the culture of planning on the curriculum.

The development programme is further expected to help teachers make sense of the Mathematics, English and Science content and allow them to be able to attend to the learners’ actual thinking.

Members of school ma-nagement teams will, through this programme, be able to play a meaningful role as instructional leaders.

In appreciation for the programme, the MEC for Education, Martha Bartlett, said this is among the initiatives and partnerships which seeks to continuously develop the skills and expertise of teachers.

“The involvement of partners such as the Mfundo Development Trust and Standard Bank is a clear testimony of the understanding that we are in it together.

“Government is, to a certain extent, relieved from being the sole provider of resources towards human capital development,” she added.

Bartlett further expressed her wish for the possible expansion of this programme to schools that are not yet part of the programme.

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