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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A day in the life on an ECD social worker

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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 August 2016, BRIDGE’s Melissa King interviewed one such stakeholder, CoP member Jade Trueman − a Gauteng Department of Social Development Social Worker− on her experience as a Social Worker in the ECD space. Read on!

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Start small to bring big change: How feasible are Communities of Practice in poor functioning schools in KZN?

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“… getting good teaching for all learners require(s) teachers to be highly committed, thoroughly prepared, continuously developed, properly paid, well networked with each other to maximise their own improvement, so they are able to make effective judgements using all their capabilities and experience.” — Michael Fullan

The Khanyisa Inanda Community Project (KICP) is a programme of the Inanda Seminary, the oldest black independent girls’ boarding schools in the country. Khanyisa’s aim and overall purpose is to work within the surrounding community public schools and ‘to improve access and equity in education’. Through a number of different interventions, KICP is attempting to ensure that ‘high quality education and professional development is available to disadvantaged students, teachers and leaders in these public schools in Inanda North and community schools in the greater Inanda area.’

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SEKHUKHUNE SPEAKS: MR MAPEA

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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 Mapea. We caught up with the principal in June to talk about what impact the project has had on him and his school. Read on to learn about his experience.

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WORD FROM WAGNER: Week 5 & 6

 

Word from Wagner_ Week 5 & 6-3BRIDGE’s Sibongile Khumalo has been selected as a fellow in President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. She’s been blogging about her experience from Wagner College on Staten Island, New York in a weekly series titled, “Word from Wagner”. In this final instalment, Sibongile describes her last two weeks in New York and reflects on what the fellowship has meant to her. Read on!

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