Free teaching training productive

2018-10-30 06:01
From left are Natalie Seifert, Tamsanqa Sobazile, Tabisa Sopazi, Sibongile Bambo, Rosline Elias, Angeline Swela and Sonja Botha.

From left are Natalie Seifert, Tamsanqa Sobazile, Tabisa Sopazi, Sibongile Bambo, Rosline Elias, Angeline Swela and Sonja Botha.

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Five young teachers who participated in the pilot for the Step 4 programme are ready to make their mark in the field.

They recently completed hands-on training at the Living through Learning facility.

These young students say they were equipped with creative skills to make teaching interesting and productive.

The training focused on aspiring teachers who had just graduated and wanted to empower themselves.

Sibongile Mbambo says the two months of training at the facility was helpful to her because it taught her mostly the skill of managing a class and preparing for lessons using creative methods.

She says at her tertiary institution, she learned the theory and basics of the normal way of teaching that have been practised over the years.

“Times have changed and we must embrace the change. That is what the pilot programme was about – embracing change and yet being productive in class. I can guarantee that the skills I learned will not just benefit me but my learners as well.”

Mbambo is in her final year of studies.

Another trainee was Thamsanqa Sobazile (27). He finished his teaching course in 2016 and has not yet secured a permanent position­.

He says he was privileged to be part of the training.

“I can confidently say that it filled some gaps. The experience they gave us is different and I still do not believe that they gave us such valuable knowledge at no cost. Instead they gave us a stipend for our transport. I wish other young graduates could grab opportunities like these and use them to their advantage.”

Marketing manager Chicco Mulawa says the programme was a success and they hope to expand it from being two-month of training to six months. He says this is because they have realised it is a need and will guarantee a good educational foundation.

Mulawa says for their next intake they will consider taking even university students­.

“The earlier they get familiar with what to expect the more they are likely to be effective. We want to give them exposure to the real world of teaching.”V Applications for the 2019 intake are open. For more information, contact chicco@livingthroughlearning.­org.za or 021 761 2842

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