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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MEET THE MOSHAL SCHOLARS: MPHO MOSES

 

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Established in 2009 by Martin Moshal, the Moshal Scholarship Program currently provides scholarships to over 700 Moshal Scholars in Israel, South Africa and the Ukraine to enable determined young people from challenging backgrounds to attend the top universities in their home countries.

In this post, BRIDGE profiles Moshal Scholar Mpho Moses, an impact school alumni from the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT). 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. Mpho’s alma-mater forms part of the South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition – a BRIDGE Community of Practice.

Read ahead to learn about the young scholar’s experience winning the scholarship, his formative years spent at COSAT and his future aspirations.

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Spotlight On: mothers2mothers

 

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BRIDGE’s National Early Childhood Development Community of Practice (ECD CoP) provides a platform for a diverse group of ECD stakeholders to network, share and connect. At a meeting of the CoP held in May 2016, ECD CoP members Clara Madzinga   and Phuti Rangoato, were interviewed on the workings of mothers2mothers (m2m). In this write-up, we take a snapshot of the organisation and it’s amazing work.

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