Spell It South Africa

  • 144 Peter Road, Ruimsig, Johannesburg
  • Johannesburg
  • SOUTH AFRICA
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One of the best safeguards to ensuring a fair education system is making sure that all teachers have a similar level of capability. In a good system, a child in a rural poorer community and a child in a wealthier urban suburb should have an equally good teacher standing in front of them every day. But, when we look at the data on how teachers are trained in South Africa, it is clear that our system still sets teachers up for failure long before they even enter the classroom – and in the process further disadvantages the children they teach.

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Spelling Bee supports mother tongue

Posted by Ayanda Khuzwayo on 05 April 2018 2:50 PM CAT
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Learning to speak in the mother tongue is key to a child’s overall development and benefits the learners in many ways. It connects him to his culture, ensures better cognitive development, and aids in the learning of other languages. These are the reasons why De Aar Solar Power Spelling Bee competition has included vernacular languages to its annual event.

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Whenever I travel overseas I am asked the question “What is the biggest problem in South Africa?” And I typically respond, “The biggest problem or the biggestsolvable problem?” In the 2000’s the biggest problem was HIV/AIDS. After hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths – the equivalent of a small genocide – the government ceded to the courts and offered life-saving ARVs to those infected with HIV and saved their lives. HIV was, and is, a solvable problem. Unfortunately the three biggest problems in South Africa today – too few jobs, too little growth, and too much inequality – are not easily solvable. And because we don’t exactly know how to ‘create’ jobs or growth, we don’t really know how to decease inequality much further.

 

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My name is Vincent Tshite and I am the Reading coach at Barkly West Higher Primary School in the Northern Cape. The project is funded by the Droogfontien Solar Farm.

I really find the Spell It programme very useful to the kids. Most of the Learners really enjoy the activities and even like it when they have to write the spelling it tests.

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