This week's teacher is Shape from South Africa. She teaches English in a township just north of Johannesburg.
You can see a video created by the BBC at South African teacher with a 100% pass rate - Shape speaks passionately about ensuring the children she teachers are preparing all the time for their futures. As well as the curriculum, she teachers them about home economics, business skills and how to apply for jobs. She also does a lot of work to make sure the children are motivated and have belief in themselves. This holistic approach to learning, coupled with a caring teacher is making a difference in the lives of many senior students as they complete high school and move into the next stage of their lives. Shape is modelling an imperative approach to teaching and learning, almost devoid of technology and modern resources.
Shape shares her experiences and thoughts about teaching and learning:
About teaching in South Africa:
Final words of wisdom where Shape reveals her true love of her students:
Education crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa
The tenth Education for All Global Monitoring Report, Putting Education to Work, reveals the urgent need to invest in skills for youth. In Sub-Saharan Africa, over 56 million people aged 15 to 24 have not even completed primary school and need alternative pathways to acquire basic skills for employment and prosperity. This is equivalent to one in three of the region’s youth population. Around two-thirds of the population in Africa are under 25-years- old. In the world, an eighth of young people is unemployed; a quarter are trapped in jobs that keep them on or below the poverty line. As the effects of the global economic crisis continue to be felt, the severe lack of youth skills is more damaging than ever.
To download the report and other relevant materials: http://www.efareport.unesco.org
- Week 8 - Australia: Rural and Indigenous - Strategies to improve learning
- Week 7 - Bangladesh: Learning on water with solar powered technology
- Week 6 - The Netherlands: Teacher preparation means higher learning outcomes
- Week 5 - Kenya: Working to break the poverty-education cycle
- Week 4 - Syria: Displaced learners in Zaatari refugee camp
- Week 3 - Afghanistan: An issue of Gender Equity the World Should Take Notice
- Week 2 - Honduras: Teach Students in the Language of their thoughts
- Week 1 - Malawi: The Struggle for Literacy
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