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Improving numeracy skills of learners in rural primary schools

The COVID-19 pandemic has identified challenges encountered by rural communities in respect of the Rural Education context.

Director for Rural Education Directorate, Dr Phumzile Langa, has announced that from this year onwards, the DBE and the Sešego Group will be working together to implement the Edulution Programme. The main objective of this programme is to improve numeracy and literacy in the General Education and Training (GET) band. 

The primary goal of the Sešego Group is to build the skills and capabilities of learners and youth from disadvantaged communities using innovative ICT strategies and approaches to improve educational outcomes and employability. The group operates in geographical areas where there is limited or no ICT education and infrastructure to reduce the digital divide and make 21st Century learning available to all.

“The partnership will be underpinned by the Rural Education Framework, which encourages the development of context-specific, relevant and sustainable strategies aimed at improving the quality of education for all. This initiative is a fully-funded project to improve the level of numeracy in rural primary schools. It seeks to recruit unemployed matric graduates between the ages of 18 to 25 as coaches to provide foundational numeracy through various catch-up’ programmes for learners in Grades 4 to 6,” explained Dr Langa.

In collaboration with the Sešego Group, the Rural Education Directorate has made progress in terms of the school selection process. These include site visits and briefing sessions with school principals and Mathematics teachers. “In the next phase, we will focus on the recruitment of coaches, their three-month training programme, as well as orientation workshops for school principals, School Management Teams and Mathematics teachers. The initiative will play a crucial role in addressing learning challenges, especially for learners who might have experienced learning gaps due to COVID-19,” concluded Dr Langa.

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