Open Learning Academy Heroes

It is always said that “behind every child’s success there is a teacher,” at Good Work Foundation (GWF) the same statement applies. The Open Learning Academy (OLA) facilitators have the most challenging job in the world; it does not matter whether they are having a bad day; they still have the responsibility to put smiles on every single Open Learning Academy student’s face that enters any of GWF’s digital campuses.

The students never walk into the barn, they race in so excited and ready to learn, and they are literally welcomed with open arms every day.

The OLA programme was implemented to help young rural students improve their English, mathematics as well as integrate technology and digital in their learning. At the same time, this effort will allow rural people to participate in the growing digital economy rather than remaining consumers thereof.

Children come from different schools with different difficulties, some are unable to read, differentiate mathematical signs and it is up the facilitators to be patient and persistent with the student until they get it right.

The Open Learning Academy department does not have enough equipment to accommodate 10,000 children at the same time, but the facilitators manage their time by having a small group of children at a time so that they are able to attend to each child’s needs.

The more calls we get from principals from local schools who want to join the programme, the more we know that the revolution is impacting rural Mpumalanga in the most unimaginable ways every day.

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Open Learning facilitator Mikateko Hlatswayo facilitates students from Zakeleni Primary School in mathematics.

 

Meet the team that wakes up every morning to lead an education revolution that has impacted and will continue to do so in the lives of rural students.

Meet the Open Learning Academy team that wakes up every morning to lead an education revolution that has impacted and will continue to do so  the lives of rural students.

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GWF’s Conservation Academy Coordinator, Byron Ross teaches young rural Open Learning students about the importance of animal conservation.

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The students never walk into the barn, they race in so excited and ready to learn, and they are literally welcomed with open arms every day.

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GWF’s new Open Learning facilitator Nthabiseng Shakwane helps young students with their English reading.

 

Written by GWF Media Intern Mfumo Thobela.

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