Reflections on Education

This is an old blog post, but a gem none-the-less. It summarises so much of what Good Work Foundation stands for.

“Gogo” Mo is the education facilitator at the Londolozi Digital Learning Centre. Many of Londolozi’s past guests will remember her if they were able to visit the Learning Centre and pre-school during their stay.

If you are one of those past visitors and you would like to re-connect with “Gogo” Mo, feel free to click here to email her.

Education needs debate.

Enjoy,

Kate

A time for everything
By Mo Groch

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

A time to plant and a time to uproot.
A time to tear down and a time to build.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.

It is a time to reflect on education in South Africa, in the urban areas, in the towns, cities and especially in rural communities.

I entered the education profession over 30 years ago. I taught in Pretoria and Johannesburg both in government schools and private.

As a committed South African I have always believed education is the catalyst that can change a society either positively or negatively.

I believe that education must be underpinned by a human-centred philosophy and should facilitate the growth of learners, of all ages, to become the best possible versions of themselves. Investment in individuals will have a ripple effect – a ripple of excellence and achievement – spreading into communities and beyond. The sphere of influence becomes wider and wider!

In 2007 I took a leap of faith and moved from Johannesburg to rural Mpumalanga. I was given the opportunity to help grow the Londolozi Learning Centre with my mission to facilitate the growth of all staff members to become the best possible versions of themselves. This was congruent with the vision of Londolozi Private Game Reserve and my personal mission.

It is in this space that I am learning on a daily basis. I have learnt far more than I have taught!
It is from this space that I have had the privilege of building relationships with schools, principals, teachers and learners in the wider community.
It is in this space that I have built relationships with wonderful and very wise men and women – many of whom did not have the privilege of formal education.
It is in this space that I have had the opportunity to teach young people in schools.
It is in this space that I have had the opportunity to teach adults, men and women, under trees, in community centres and in schools.

From everyone I have met I have learnt profoundly.

This has made me question and reflect: I know it is time for change in education.

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