Another action packed week has ended in Zithulele. After setting up the new classroom with desks and shelving, I was trained by the NGO I'm working for here, Axium, on the software I'll be using to teach my students.
Axium was set up initially in 2008 by my hosts, and neighbours, here Michelle and Craig. Axium is an educational non-profit organisation who work with teachers and students in the rural Eastern Cape areas of South Africa to improve English, Science and Maths education.
Khan Academy is the software I'll be using in my classroom. Khan is a program where students practise their maths on the computer, inputting answers to questions. On Khan they get immediate feedback on their answers and the automatic collation of data from Khan on different topic areas for each individual student allows me as the teacher to see areas each student is not confident on a provide and provide more teaching accordingly. So now I am more informed on what my role will be here. Along with Nadine, I'll be running half of what is called the Masakhane project (meaning lets grown together in Xhosa). Our half is the Khan academy which me and Nadine will be running, teaching grades 7, 8 and 9 the fundamentals in maths they were not taught in school or did not understand.
As well as this, on Saturdays I have the opportunity to get involved in Ekukhuleni. Which runs from 9 until 3 providing extra hours of teaching for grades 10-12.
I'm very proud to me a member of Axium and have a lot of responsibility here. In trying to raise awareness for the work they do I have placed the links to the Axium Facebook page and the website for those who are interested further