The Learning Trust believes that by providing safe and enriching learning environments after school, we help South Africa’s youth succeed.
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Siphosethu Daweti from Mfuzo Boxing Club is representing South Africa in the IBA Women's World Boxing Championship, in Turkey. Mfuzo is one of our grantees in the Eastern Cape. We are so proud of Siphosethu Daweti and wish her the best in everything!
𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁: The transition of Early Childhood Development into the Department of Education has already started this month and will be effective from 2023. Parents will now have to send their children to school from Grade 00. Compulsory attendance of learners will no longer be from Grade 1.
Read more on the transition below:
𝗜𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗜𝘁: We held a Data Collective session that focussed on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning methods organisations can use to track learner attendance. Here are some guidelines to ensure that your data collection has high-yielding results.
𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗦𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗙𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗽: Through this research TLT hopes to look at ways in which we can address youth unemployment in Makhanda, EC, through the creation of diverse pathways to livelihoods. We are excited about the possibilities!
𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁: Teachers remain unsung heroes of the country. Teachers from TCE's class of 1982-1986 reunited to reminisce about some of their special moments in the teaching profession. We appreciate teachers as they are often the most dedicated champions of After School programmes.
Click on the link below to read more:
𝘗𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘛𝘓𝘛'𝘴 𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘦…
𝗪𝗖 𝗕𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴: We held a 4-day training for practitioners who work directly with young people. Practitioners networked and sharpened their knowledge and skills to solve key challenges. Attendees were introduced to emotional intelligence tools, child development theory, and basics of Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) to deliver a high quality After School Programme.
𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁: South African Schools will soon experience change. These include big language changes(learners will be taught in their home languages), introduction of General Education Certificates starting from grade 9 and increasing the number of learners with 60% pass mark in Mathematics and Physical Sciences to 35 000 by the year 2024.
What is your take on these changes?
Click here to learn more: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/lifestyle/kids-parenting/education-department-changes-angie-motshekga/
Education department's big promises: Here's what parents need to know General Education Certificates, increased access to vocational-oriented subjects and ECD: These are a few of the changes coming to schools.
𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗼𝗺 𝗗𝗮𝘆 commemorates the first democratic elections that were held on the 27th April 1994, where people of all races could vote. While individuals continue to exercise their freedom of choice, After School programmes advance these freedoms by providing access to extended learning opportunities for underserved learners with limited choices.
𝐒𝐢𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐮 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐂𝐚𝐩𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐥𝐲𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐜𝐬!
"Born in the rural town of Qumbu, Siphosethu Daweti is a boxer at Mfuzo Boxing Club (MBC). She has since won eight championships at both provincial and national levels..."
Read more about her and other exciting highlights from After School programmes in our latest newsletter: https://thelearningtrust.org/beyond-the-classroom-quarterly-1/
Beyond the Classroom Quarterly 1 – The Learning Trust Over the past year, the informal education sector and a broader network of civil society organisations have stepped in to support catch-up efforts. We share our emerging work in coordinating a Catch-Up Coalition of non-profit ASP providers.
Matlhogonolo Community Outreach Centre NPO 192 - 939 received devices handed over by The Learning Trust for digital learning. This was sponsored by SegenSolar Pty.
𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁: According to statistics, 630 schools have been affected by flooding. Matriculants are set to write their mid-year exams in about three weeks. Parliament's education committee states that the KZN government must come up with a recovery plan for matric pupils affected by floods.
Do you know of any After School organisations involved in recovery efforts?
KZN floods: There should be a recovery plan for matric pupils - Parliament education committee | News24 As mop-up operations continue in flood-stricken KwaZulu-Natal, Parliament has asked the provincial education department to draw up a recovery plan to ensure affected matric pupils can continue with schooling.
𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁: The no-fee-school policy does not allow for learners from Grade R-9 in the poorest 40% of schools in the country to pay school fees. Is it a good idea to review the no-fee-school policy? What kind of impact could this have?
Click here to read more: https://www.news24.com/parent/learn/learning-difficulties/why-the-no-fee-school-policy-in-south-africa-demands-a-serious-review-20220408
This past weekend, Phakamani Young Minds Academy - PYMA hosted a career exhibition for over 500 learners from 3 different high schools. We attended alongside Wits, University of Johannesburg, Rosebank College, Central Johannesburg TVET College, Allan Gray Foundation, FNB, Standard Bank and Afrika Tikkun. The learners were taught about APS scores, bursaries, scholarships, different types of careers, etc.
𝗔𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆?
Soweto Basketball Academy will be hosting yet another exciting Soweto Basketball Uprising Championship for u/14 & u/18 boys and girls.
This is set to take place at Jabavu Basketball Centre and Klipspruit Sports Centre from the 16th-19th of June 2022.
All roads now lead to the championship.
This year's edition will be the biggest one yet.🔥⛹🏾♂️⛹🏽♀️🏀
All the best u14 and u18 teams (boys&girls) completing for the ultimate championship 🏆
Come witness the biggest basketball festival in the South. 🇿🇦
𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁: South Africa’s economy is swiftly shifting. Through interventions that are targeted, sector coordination and diversifying existing tools, there are certain opportunities that can open up for the youth.
In a nutshell, potential jobs in the agricultural sector amount to 300 000, Agro-processing and horticulture can contribute with 15% share of formal employment, ECD centres’ job potential offer is an estimated 104 000, and about 23 000 entry level jobs for health care workers can be created.
Click on the link below to read further: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2022-03-30-how-to-unlock-youth-job-opportunities-in-sas-rapidly-shifting-economy/
𝗜𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗠𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝗜𝘁…
Last week we hosted the first Gauteng Community of Practice online event of the year. We discussed the benefits of integrating mental health and emotional intelligence in the workplace and reflected on practical ways to ensure the mental well-being of the practitioners in After School programmes.
How do you manage work-related stress?
𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵𝘁:
"In quintile 1 to 3 schools, South Africa invests over R600k per matric pass, over R2m per Bachelor pass, and over R4m per matric Maths pass over 50%" - After School Programmes in South Africa: An Investment Case report by The Learning Trust.
However, investing in After School Programmes enhances the significant spending of the [Education] system by increasing the possibilities that learners will achieve good learning outcomes.
Read more about the report that outlines the potential returns that ASP investments present: https://thelearningtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/TLT_Investment-Case-2021.pdf
TLT hosted a Data Collective session focusing on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning methods organisations can use to track learner attendance. Attendance can be used as a proxy to determine the quality and value of your programme.
Tell us what your organisation uses to track learner participation?
In Case You Missed It...
Awarenet made sure not to miss out on this year's Masicule musical event held in Makhanda, 22 March 2022.
The Awarenet learners were taken to witness a magical, musical night. “It was great to see so many different people come together and bless us with their musical talent”, stated an Awarenet learner.
All roads now lead to Masicule 2023.
Awarenet's learners enjoyed the excursion to Masicule, a musical event showing Makhanda's fantastic choirs
Joza Youth Hub Access Music Project The Learning Trust
To promote digital literacy, learners from The Assist received devices that will be used for online learning. This was sponsored by the SegenSolar Pty.
In Case You Missed It
It is estimated that it might take us nearly 20 years to fully recover the learning losses we incurred from the pandemic from the past 2 years.
While the decision to return learners to full-time classes may be a good one; the recovery plans in place to recover the learning loses are still unclear.
This was discussed in an interview with Newzroom Afrika.
A lot is unpacked in the full interview.
To catch up on it, head to our website: https://thelearningtrust.org/
𝗛𝗢𝗧 𝗢𝗙𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗣𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗦: We have written an OPEN LETTER to ministers, alongside Equal Education, Nascee, Legal Resources Centre calling for a full-time return to school for ALL learners.
"Each additional day of lost learning has a lasting and lifelong impact on the interests of children and their right to a quality basic education." Please share this as widely as possible.
OPEN LETTER: 'Get children back in school full time or we will create a lost generation' – The Learning Trust An open letter to the ministers of basic education, health, and co-operative governance and traditional affairs, co-written by members of Equal Education, Equal Education Law Centre, The Learning Trust, Legal Resources Centre, NASCEE, and academics.
𝗨𝗥𝗚𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗙𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗢𝗣𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗬: 𝗔 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗼 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗔𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀
We are responding to the National Youth Service and Social Employment Fund opportunities. Join the short webinar to learn more about this national application for your organisation: https://lnkd.in/dyvgw9tB
A call for interested partners to sign up can be read here: http://zc.vg/sQeVq?m=0
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