Free education support classes for learners

Nomusa Morare, one of the volunteer facilitators of the Manakane Mabogoane Education Support Programme, is committed to assisting learners in high priority subjects before they get to secondary school.

KwaThema – Manakane Mabogoane Education Support Programme is a non-profit organisation of volunteers teaching learners for free on Saturdays.

Established in 2007, the programme offers extra classes in maths, science, accounting and English.

“We cater for learners from grade seven right through to grade 11.

“The focus is not only on academic activities but also on extra-curricular activities such as life skills and educational tours,” explains Melusi Mndebele, the centre co-ordinator.

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He adds that the programme is unique because similar ones focus mainly on grade 11 and 12 learners.

Mndebele says the organisation wants to expand its range of subjects and to grow its team of facilitators and therefore appeals for volunteers to join in.

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“We are not only looking for qualified teachers to be in on our staff.

“But we have professionals in other fields and university students helping us as well.”

He adds that anyone who has a special interest in the subjects they offer may come aboard.

They are not only looking for facilitating staff but also people who could help with administration and resources such as teaching materials and textbooks.

“Workshops are held on a regular basis in support of facilitators, and consultants and stakeholders like educators, parents and the Gauteng East District happen as and when necessary.

“We are prepared to put in the hours to train willing volunteers on the job.”

Learner registration for the classes is still open but there is limited space.

“Interested learners should bring their reports from the previous year.

“However, the organisation reserves the right not to admit a learner as guided by the selection criteria,” he adds.

Anyone interested in helping or becoming part of the organisation can contact Melusi Mndebele or Sipho Fokazi on 076 478 4563.

The classes take place at Kenneth Masekela Secondary School only on Saturdays from 8am.

Xoliswa Kali

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