Thank you for caring about your child enough to come and visit our website. Please read on and find out how we, at siyaJabula siyaKhula can help you.
As a parent, you want the best for your child. This includes the best education, and if you have been following the reports in the newspapers and on TV, you probably realise that your child may be in danger of going to school and not getting a good education. There are many reasons for this, and some of them are listed in our challenges
section on this website.
Instead of discussing the causes of poor education, we would rather mention the effect that a poor education has on your child.
The process of learning teaches basic concepts to children, and then teaches more difficult concepts on top of these. It is like building a wall, where the bricks in one line rest on the bricks underneath. If the bricks underneath are missing or badly laid, the wall will crack or fall down.
It is the same with a childís education. If a child does not understand enough of his or her work this year, then he or she will understand even less of the work next year. And this problem will keep getting worse year after year. Learners understand less and less of their work, and fall further and further behind the curriculum each year. This is what has happened to the children in our education system.
It is to fix these problems and give children the best possible chance of getting educated that siyaJabula siyaKhula has been created.
Our organisation is a learning support organisation that helps schools and parents to help children. We employ unemployed parents who meet our selection standards. With their help and our specially designed learner interventions, we are able to give children a better quality education.
Our organisation works next to parents, schools, teachers and the Departments of Education to fill in gaps in learner knowledge. We employ and train suitable parents from each schoolís community to lead our specially designed learner interventions, and we monitor and control the intervention process to ensure that every learner improves. Our regular assessments identify each learnerís strengths and weaknesses, and we assign extra remedial work to weaker learners until they reach the required standard.
To help our learners gain confidence and begin to enjoy learning, learners earn rewards and recognition for successfully completing work assignments.
At present we offer two learner interventions, English Reading, and Maths. These are the two essential subjects that cause most learners to perform poorly.
The Maths interventions consist of a set of workbooks for each grade. Each workbook has a set of remedial exercises for each day of a month. Each Maths course is designed to take learners up to the level required for the beginning of their current year.
Learners complete the daily set of exercises in the workbook, mark their work and do their corrections. The learners then write a test at the end of the workbook. This test is marked centrally, and learner progress is recorded and monitored.
Where the test shows that a learner did not grasp the concepts, additional remedial work is sent to the learner covering the areas of weakness. Where the learner has reached the required levels, the learner receives a certificate to encourage the learner, together with the next workbook.
The English Reading interventions consist of a series of lessons, arranged into levels. The course consists of a one hour lesson, once a week, every school week throughout the year.
Learners are assessed at the beginning of the course, and are banded according to their reading ability. The learner is assigned to the band at which the learner will experience achievement in reading. This is a crucial element to the learning process. Learners who achieve develop self confidence and begin to enjoy their work. This leads to improvements in attendance, attention and behavior.
To develop each learner correctly, each reading lesson consists of reading, memory training, writing, comprehension and language skill development. In the course of each lesson, each area of the learnerís working memory is developed.
This training increases the learnerís ability to understand not only reading, but other subjects as well. By increasing learner ability to make sense of the information presented, learner performance across the whole spectrum of subjects improves.
Learners are assessed on progress at each lesson, and undergo band assessment every six weeks. This information is gathered centrally to monitor learner performance, and remedial needs can be identified and handled immediately.
Both the Maths and Reading courses have shown good results over the past several years. On average, learners increase by 10-30% on both subjects within four months. More notable is that learners also show increases in all other subjects as their reading skills and working memories improve.
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