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

Pett’s Preschool: Using the ECD Quality Reflection Tool

 

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Research shows that an increased understanding of quality in Early Childhood Development (ECD) can lead to improved care and teaching practices to the benefit of children. It was for this reason that the BRIDGE ECD Community of Practice developed the ECD Quality Reflection Tool – targeted at ECD practitioners who deal with children directly on a daily basis. The benefit of using the Quality Reflection Tool as a means for improved practice is illustrated in the following success story.

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Learning About Learning

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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. This month, we’ve continued in that tradition by taking on a new intern – Diana Kamau – and we’ve already felt the benefit of the young school-leaver complementing our more experienced staff. In this post, Diana tells us what drew her to BRIDGE and what her experience at BRIDGE has been like so far. Read on!

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LEAP Science and Maths School Ga-Rankuwa Celebrates its 2016 Matric Results — Lawrence Manyesa

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Before schools begin the work of the new year in earnest, we at BRIDGE want to take a moment to celebrate the hard-won success stories of education in 2016. One such story comes from the LEAP Science and Maths School in Ga-Rankuwa. The LEAP school forms part of the South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition. The coalition is a Community of Practice that is run by BRIDGE and is made up of school leaders and teachers from a group of 22 schools around South Africa that define themselves as “impact schools”. Impact schools are high-quality, achievement-orientated schools that provide disadvantaged learners across South Africa with affordable access (low fee or non-fee) to high-quality learning that prepares them for success in higher education and the world of work.

In this write-up, we hear from the LEAP Ga-Rankuwa’s school leader – Lawrence Manyesa – on the stellar results his matrics achieved in 2016, aided by the diligent efforts of the LEAP Ga-Rankuwa educators and the wider community. Read on!

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