USING ‘INSTAPOETRY’ TO ENCOURAGE READING & WRITING

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Sometimes when you walk into a school you can tell something about its character – proud of its sporting triumphs with display cases of trophies, an emphasis on art with murals and mosaics, an eco-school, a religious school, one with a long tradition and history, or celebrations of ethnic diversity. So, what would it look like to walk through a school with a ‘reading culture’?

South Africa has an urgent reading crisis. Results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) 2016 tests revealed that 78% of grade 4 pupils in South Africa fell below the lowest level on the PIRLS scale: meaning, in effect, that they cannot understand what they’re reading. The study also indicated that South Africa was last out of 50 countries surveyed.

So how can South Africa address this crisis? There are no quick fixes, but there certainly are slow and sure ones. Developing a culture of reading is one such solution. Creating a school with a strong reading culture means making learners aware of the joy of reading and encouraging them to read for pleasure to develop their literacy skills and improve academic achievement.

One way this can be done is through the inclusion of ‘instapoetry’ in the classroom.

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SEKHUKHUNE SPEAKS: Growing a veggie garden at Matleu Primary School

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BRIDGE, in partnership with JET and CIE, is currently working on a project that hopes to effect real and long lasting positive change in the education outcomes of 10 public schools in Sekhukhune, Limpopo. BRIDGE has been tasked to work in the area of leadership development and is currently engaging with 10 principals from the region.

One such principal is Mr Shaku of Matleu Primary School. We caught up with the principal to talk about what impact the project has had on him and his school. In this post, Mr Shaku shares how he has made use of a BRIDGE recourse (a framework proposed by Arista Bouwer on how to build resilient schools) to improve the functionality of his school. Continue reading

Sekhukhune Speaks: Ms Mphahlele

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BRIDGE, in partnership with JET and CIE, is currently working on a project that hopes to effect real and long lasting positive change in the education outcomes of 10 public schools in Sekhukhune, Limpopo. BRIDGE has been tasked to work in the area of leadership development and is currently engaging with 10 principals from the region.

One such principal is Ms Mphahlele. We caught up with the principal to talk about what impact the project has had on her and her school. In this write up, Ms Mphahlele shares how she has made use of BRIDGE knowledge products to improve the functionality of her school.  Continue reading

Writing Her Way to #blackgirlmagic

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In celebration of Women’s Day, BRIDGE partnered with Coronation Fund Managers to host a Women’s Day celebration at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa. The event, which was held on August 8th 2017, involved over 60 young ladies from various schools around Gauteng. As part of the day’s events, Coronation Fund Managers ran an essay competition on the theme of ‘Your Vision for Your Future’. In this story, the competition’s winner, Boipelo Moatshe, shares her experience of winning the prize, and discusses what inspired her essay. Read on!

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Welcome to the team!

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Since its inception, BRIDGE has always had a dynamic team of young and more experienced staff who offer an ideal mix of enthusiasm and institutional knowledge. Last month, we continued in that tradition by taking on a new intern – Jade Pieterse. Jade joins us from the world of retail. In this post, she tells us what drew her away from the bustle of  malls to BRIDGE, and what her experience at our organisation has been like so far. Read on!

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Looking Back: Learning and Leaving

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Since its inception, BRIDGE has always had a dynamic team of young and more experienced staff who offer an ideal mix of enthusiasm and institutional knowledge. Over the last 6 months, we’ve continued in that tradition by taking on an intern – Diana Kamau. In this exit post, Diana tells us what her experience at BRIDGE has been like and what learnings she hopes to take with her as she heads out into the wider world. Read on!

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COMMEMORATING JUNE 16TH: SACRIFICE & SUCCESS

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By Charles Marriott

Every year on the 16th of June, South Africa commemorates Youth Day in honor of all the young people, mainly students, who lost their lives during the Soweto Uprisings. The commemoration is informed by a difficult and painful history – a history characterized by sacrifice – and the legacy of that history is still evident today in our flawed education system. However, as we look to the future of youth in this country, it’s important that we take a moment to recognize the small, but significant victories in South Africa’s youth development. The following story, from one of our BRIDGE community members, is one example of such a victory. Read on!  Continue reading