The Month in Pictures #16

On the surface you see kids on tablets, smiling graduates, and a wonderful group of young facilitators who are working to make South Africa a better place. What’s happening behind the scenes? We’ve put together a set of photos from April that share a couple of stories that you might not know about.


Student and Teacher. Definitely one of our best photos of the year, so far! Njabulo Mashele is one of our barista trainers and this young lady is one of his first ever students to graduate with a vida e caffe barista certificate. Well done Nkateko Maphanga. And well done Njabulo! Behind the scenes, Njabulo is a true GWF warrior. As well as managing the barista course with Teaman Manzini, he is an English facilitator and Open Learning Academy facilitator. He coordinates debates, contributes to the GWF blog and is about to start studying “teaching” at UNISA. An exceptional young man who is making an amazing contribution to this country.


South African heritage under the Tree. One of our most popular Instagram photos this month, for sure. Ahead of graduation on the 17th April, the choir warms up under the Digital Tree of Knowledge at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre. Behind the scenes, the choir isn’t just for special occasions. Every morning, before we begin our day, all of us come together, share five moments of quiet reflection and then are led by the choir in song. Not conventional, but it’s an amazing way to start the day.


“Upskill a community, empower the nation.” This photo was taken ahead of the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) exams at the Philippolis campus and shows four of our ICDL facilitators with Ockie and Deon from ICDL Africa. Behind the scenes, the four young women in this photo are single-handedly “digitalising” the small town of Philippolis. They are delivering digital education content to over 250 individuals every week.


“HELLO.” The Easter school break was an amazing time at our Digital Learning Centres in April. Many new learners arrived, taking advantage of open, digital learning. Behind the scenes, every afternoon in April, Jessica and her sister, “little Nyakane”, stopped by the office window on their way into the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre, asking, “please can you take a photo of us?” With pleasure!


Note: The crazy one is “Zanele” and we love her. This is the first graduating class of vida e caffe baristas and they 100 percent deserve this spot in our best photos of April. What an amazing group – they have set the bar high! Behind the scenes, this first group of barista graduates started with a discussion that took place in March 2014. Over the last year, with the support of vida e caffe, we have installed our own espresso bar, designed a syllabus, and trained two of our facilitators to present the course. And behind the scenes, we can truthfully say that our students make the best cappuccinos.


The Marauders. In April, a package of “CSU” goodies arrived for our facilitators from the USA and we didn’t miss a photo opportunity under the Tree. Behind the scenes, after a visit to South Africa late last year, Denise Sharp (Director of Accreditation at the Professional College of Education at Central State University or “CSU”) identified an opportunity to support our digital facilitators by curating an online course to support leadership, lesson planning, English second-language, early childhood education and classroom management.


This is the Good Work Foundation Mpumalanga leadership team with Patsy Melhuish (bottom row, second from left). Patsy spent a couple of days in Hazyview in April, working on the ability of this exceptional team to deliver access to world-class education to rural Africa. Behind the scenes, our leadership team works with visiting lecturers, teachers, businesspeople and team experts every month. We are challenging education, and to do that, we need one of the best teams on this continent. We’re pretty close!