Trip to compare class challenges

2015-06-30 06:00
Dryden Primary School deputy principal Cedric Joubert says his trip to the United Kingdom is a good opportunity to learn from others. 

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Dryden Primary School deputy principal Cedric Joubert says his trip to the United Kingdom is a good opportunity to learn from others. PHOTO: Tiyese jeranji

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The deputy principal of Dryden Primary School is visiting Hull, United Kingdom for a week.

Cedric Joubert forms part of the second lot from this school to participate in the Afri Twin initiative. He will be visiting Pens­hurst Primary School, which is the school Dryden is paired with. The first group of teachers went in 2013.

Afri Twin encourages relationships between schools in the United Kingdom and South Africa. It has over 250 participating schools. Through regular contact, shared projects, exchanges of teachers and pupils, conferences and workshops, both individuals and schools are enriched.

Before he left, Joubert said he was excited because he is passionate about teaching, so he wants to go and learn how things are done abroad so that he can come help his country and his school. He says this is what he has also wanted to do since college.

“I’m looking forward to the trip as it’s an opportunity to learn from others. I want to see how big their classes are. I want to know their challenges and how they deal with them and we exchange teaching methods so that we produce good pupils that will be better citizens. I’m having sleepless nights but this is something that I like so I’m looking forward to every minute there. I just want to see the differences in terms of learning for the two countries and how we can improve our own education system,” he says.

Specific global themes, such as using water optimally and saving electricity, will also come under discussion.

He added that Dryden has to deal with many challenges, like accommodating pupils who come from far townships as well as out of the country. He wants to see abroad if they have the same challenge.

He is also happy that the trip will create opportunities.

“This will give everyone a good understanding of the two countries as well, because I will share our culture and how we do things, how things run and what we can do to improve. When I come back I will compile a report to share what I will have gathered for the benefit of everyone so that we bring positive results and relationships amongst different citizens,” said Joubert

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