Stars in Education Competition Entries




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Recent Entries:

(Ordered by number of votes)

Mokhudu Machaba, Ngwanamago Primary, Polokwane, Limpopo

Number of votes: 5319
Project Name:

Music Miming Singing and Dancing

Project Description:

We are doing a talent search foe learners were they sing songs and we use songsmith to record their songs and they also dance. The second project is the one that community youth are trained to do computer programmes on word, excel and powerpoint. They are quarterly assessed by the university of Limpopo and they get certificates

What made you start this Project?

To unleash the learners talents and their hidden God given potential. To enhance their self confidence as they are coming from disadvantaged backgroung.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

There are members who have already received their certificate on the programme

What challenges have you faced with your project?

Lack of resources and we do not have a technician to fic our computers

How did you overcome those Challenges?

We improvised were the learners had to gather on one computer to learn

What have you achieved through your project?

Learners have gained confidence and they can perform at functions Community members have acquired certificates

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

Not yet

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Yes

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

From the core worker and I visired the website

CHIPA THOMAS MAIMELA, LEKOTA HIGH SCHOOL, Polokwane, Limpopo

Number of votes: 4670
Project Name:

COLLABORATION IN SUSTAINABLE FARMING

Project Description:

This project is a school garden project done in collaboration with a Swidish based School to make a sustainable vegetable garden project which feeds about 610 the enrollment of the school students done using organic methods of farming.

What made you start this Project?

The intention was to establish a link which is beneficial two the two partner schools and to encourage the students to pursue an agriculture field in education and to develop self sustainable methods of farming that can help the community and the country at large.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

A list of students who are orphans was developed in order to help them with vegetables although much of the vegetables assist the students in their school nutrition programe with vegetables.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

The challenges are on the inability to acquire an auto mated sprinkler when the students are engaged with their studies they are unable to water the vegetables. The lack of security in the school leads to some intruders stilling the vegetables.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

We hired the helper to monitor the garden during the absence of students and even help in watering the garden and to conduct routine check for intruders.

What have you achieved through your project?

The school has minimized the cost of buying the vegetables and are able to sell some to the community and assist the orphans with the surplus. The Swidish School is to host 15 of our students and 3 educators in 2014 April in their country to continue the second part of the project,Which is motivating the students to play a role in the project and the school work.

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

The partnership raised the money to start the project which our partner school has donated during their visit to our school from Sweden to start the project.The money purchased the fence and the seedlings.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

No recognition was granted by any means to the project.

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

A friend and on twitter by #Coza cares

Ms. Mabore Lekalakala, Toronto Primary School, Polokwane, Limpopo Province- Mankweng Township

Number of votes: 3203
Project Name:

Computer Adventures to Discover Mathematics

Project Description:

Mathematics was very challenging and without meaning to the 123 grade 5 learners I teach this year. It was even more difficult for vulnerable learners from informal settlements who often are not motivated to learn and do not get parental support. In this project, learners were tasked to construct interesting computer learning resources using their own context. The learning resources were supposed to make other people understand Mathematics concepts of learners\' choices. Learners identified challenging/difficult concepts in mathematics. They used all available computer resources to learn and master the concept s of their choices. Among other resources, they used websites such as Pil-network Maths tools, You tube, Camimath, Visnos, Mathletics, Soft school Maths, Sheppard software, IXL.com etc to learn about the concepts, to play Maths games, to answer practice questions, read facts about the chosen concept and to undergo online assessment. More practice questions were taken if online assessment was failed. As mentioned above, the main task in the project was to create a fun computer learning resources to teach other learners about the Maths concepts. After creating the learning resource, they uploaded it on the computers for others to access. They used amongst other tools, auto collage, windows movie maker, song smith and PowerPoint on their presentations. The aim of the project was to make learners, parents and youth understand mathematics and computer technology.

What made you start this Project?

The learning of Mathematics was very difficult and strange to grade 5 learners I teach Maths this year. Only few learners participated during lessons and majority of learners did not do well in tests, exams, class works, homework and assignments. During the first quarter assessments, out of 123 learners only 15% got 70% and above, 25% got 40-60% and 60% got less than 40%. After this observation, I conducted a research to survey what learners hobbies were that I could use to improve their performance in Mathematics. I sent parents questionnaires to complete together with their learners. The research findings showed that learners are fascinated by modern technology than traditional games and practices. I used 12 learners as sample to assess the learning of Mathematics through computers and cell phones, the findings showed that learning is faster on cell phones and computers than on traditional chalk and board methods. In this modern technology era, our Education system is still based on the old teaching and learning strategies and as a result learning becomes a weird and strange thing to learners, it’s even worse with subjects like mathematics which requires more concentration, logic reasoning and hard work. From the survey conducted I also found out that about 55% of the learners have access to technological devices like cell phones, laptops, computers, TVs and other devices at home, but they do not know how to use them for learning. They watch phonographic movies, pictures, videos clips, send &receive facebook, whatsapp, MMSes, SMSses messages from strangers or misleading friends. I saw this as an opportunity to use the devices for learning; hence I started the project “Computer adventures to discover Mathematics”.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

Hundred and twenty three (123) grade 5 learners at Toronto Primary School are involved in the project. Learners’ parents and 14 unemployed youth in Mankweng Township are also involved. As a parent, I know that parents are a “hidden resource” of their children’s learning. Parental involvement is the ingredient that makes the difference in learning. Their active involvement with their child\'s education at home and in school brings great incentives and has and can have a significant impact on their children\'s live, hence I took parents along in the project. Youth also needs computer literacy skills to get employment and to better their lives. In the project learners, parents and youth are equipped with basic computer technology skills to learn and to better their lives Toronto Primary School is in Mankweng township located 30km East of Polokwane in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

•The school did not have internet connection •Most of the vulnerable children do not have computers ,smart phones and internet connection at their home •Software subscription for learners at school required R40 per month and R90 per quarter •Computer programming sites Scratch, Alice and codecademy required programming language knowledge which I never got exposure to as a project leader •Participants were reluctant to start working on the project more especially parents and learners who are doing well in mathematics. •Learners visited pornographic sites and other sites they were not supposed to access on internet. •Some parents reported that their children broke their devices •Learners got used to working on computers than without computers •Involving other subject educators to use technology in learning was a strain as most of the educators had no computer literacy background.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

•Internet connection challenge: I used my own resources for internet connections for learners, parents and youth. As a member and secretary of the ICT committee at Toronto Primary School, I requested the SGB of the school to make internet available for the school .I persuaded and showed them the importance of internet in the project and in learning. From 1st of August 2013 we received internet connection for the school from the School SGB which learners are now using for learning of Mathematics and all subjects. I also used the R1000 money I received from ARGO in 2012 + R300 won by learners at University of Limpopo Drama Competitions for learners’ subscription fee for Mathematics software membership. For a bigger percentage parents used their own connections and resources at home for learners to access internet •Programming Language and animations was a challenge as I never got exposure to it before: I wanted my learners to create their own contextualized maths games and learning resources using Scratch, Alice and Codecademy. Through consultation with Professor Baldev Singh from Bristol UK, at the ICT in the Classroom Conference in Bloemfontein, I received training on Scratch, Alice&Codecademy. I also attended Fiona Beal’s presentations on digital writing & storytelling, Googlize your classroom & Social Networking. •Reluctance of learners & parents to be involved in the project and more especially in the use of computers for learning nearly crippled the project\'s developmental stage. I conducted a survey to see what parents know, what they would love to see happening in the project and how they are involved in their children’ learning. The research helped me to see that only 33% are involved in their children’s education, 35% are totally not involved, 33% sometimes do and sometimes don’t. 55% of Parents own modern technological devices with connectivity. They own about two to three devices. This knowledge gave me strength to train them and their children. •Kids visiting websites like pornographic sites and breaking devices: Some of the children broke their parents’ devices and visited pornographic movies. Training on handling electronic devices and locking websites were given to parents. •Children got used to doing Maths on the computer and became passive learners when computers are not used. I came up with a plan to exclude learners who are not performing in class from working on computers. This motivated those who were reluctant to work without computers to also do well in Mathematics with or without Computers. •Training for other Educators for sustainability. I invited Maths and other subjects educators in the training of computer literacy programmes •Vulnerable children’ lack of technological devices at home: I gave learners chance during breaks and after school to work on the project using school computers , my own personal computer and cellphones

What have you achieved through your project?

Through the project, the following were achieved: •Learners started participating in the Mathematics classroom, their performance also improved(see attached marksheet). At the end of second term assessment 30% got 70% and more, 60% got 40-60% and only 10% got less than 40% •Learners received participation certificates at round 3 of AMESA(Association of Mathematics Education in South Africa) Maths Olympiads and they are proceeding to the final round of Mathematics Challenge in South Africa on the 26 October 2013. •Learners uploaded their resources on computers, cellphones& You tube . •Learners had access to different types of technologies; computers, cell phones, tablets, internet, headphones, microphones etc •Learners, Parents and Youth received training on Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet •Learners used internet search engine, emails and social networks( whatsapp) for learning •They got exposure to computer programming sites; Scratch, Alice and codecademy which they used to create their own games •They used Pil-network tools for inspiration and creation of learning resources and games •Learners learned to capture pictures and videos, uploaded them and made movies and auto collages with them. •Learners demonstrated learning through own performances, creation of computer activity and presentations •Parents became involved in the project and appreciated the initiative(see comments on questionnaire) •Youth got certification which opened their doors of employment(see computer results) •Learners academic performance improved(see Grade 5 maths mark sheet). •14 Youth members sat for examination at University of Limpopo, they passed and received certificates. They are now able to type CVs, apply for jobs and search for information including jobs on the internet •Parents are now involved in their children’s education and using computer technology at home for learning and for their personal benefits

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

I took initiatives to raise money in partnership with learners and asked parents to support their children by using their own resources& devices at home. •Money was raised by entering learners into drama competitions at University of Limpopo for Maths Software Membership subscription. •Parents were consulted and requested to use their own network and devices for learners to work on the project •As a project leader I received R1000 from Argo last year(2012), I used the money to fund the project

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

I received recognition from the following Companies for the use of ICT in teaching and learning: •National Teaching Awards on 7 March 2013 which was also published on National Television(SABC 2) •Schoolnet South Africa on 02 July 2013 •ISPA Super Teacher of the Year 2013 •I presented the project at Bloemfontein ICT Conference •Learners received awards for participation in the third round of Maths Olympiads(AMESA) and are proceeding to the final round of Mathematics Challenge in South Africa on the 26 October 2013.

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

From Microsoft and Schoolnet Conference in 2011 Durban and from Lauren Bright of Argo

Enoch Molomo, Mosebo Primary School, Polokwane, Limpopo

Number of votes: 1949
Project Name:

ICT to the community and learneirs

Project Description:

The project is aimed at raising awareness of ICT to the community and learners in order to fight against poverty and inferior education through its use. This is done by the use computer training where community members attend four days in a week from Monday to Thursday. Community members are introduced to the knowledge of how important it is to use the electronic means of communicating with the world. As a school we have received a donation of 21 computers from Uniforum South Africa which we use to train members of the community. Educators at our school give a tremendous support towards the project with their computer skills which they acquired from other computer institutions. The acquisition of computer skills open up doors for community skills open up doors for community members in the world of work because they become effective competitors of job opportunities that require such skills. The University of Limpopo give accreditation to our trainees after they pass their examination and are then conferred with certificates. Learners are taught basic computer skills and more than that, they learn effectively through games (edutainment). This programme enhance knowledge of learning in subjects like Mathematics and English wherein learners are engaged in making calculations, spelling and tense construction.

What made you start this Project?

It was after I realised that many poeple in the community are faced with serious challenges like unemployment and standing in very long queues in order to be served other than to save time by using electronic means of communicating with the world. Once they are exposed to ICT, they are able to deposit and pay their accounts electronically without bothering to first withdraw their monies from banks and physically go to make such payments. ICT also helps them to operate ATMs and to communicate with other people who are at far away distance from them. Having their computer certificates enable them to look for jobs that require computer skills.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

Mostly women because they are the ones that attend to programmes of the project. I think that this could maybe be attributed to the fact that most men do have jobs. Some who have graduated from this project have started their own internet outlets and some have secured jobs as administrators and secretaries.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

The serious challenge that we have is that we use the Linux in training the students whereas they use Microsoft office which they are examined on. We intend to convert to the latest office package of Microsoft office 2010 but we cannot afford as this requires exorbitantly high prices.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

We are still in the process of overcoming the challenge after we showed our frustrations and had deliberations with the IT management of the University of Limpopo who promised us about ten computers that are compatible with Microsoft office 2010.

What have you achieved through your project?

We have achieved great successes in that people who have graduated from the project were able to use information technology to effectively secure jobs that require computer skills as requirements. Some have established their own businesses whereas some use the gained knowledge for communicating with the world.

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

No, not at all. Training takes place for four months before the trainees are examined. We only request a mere payment of fifty rand per head per month towards repairing and servicing the computers. We have not raised money through partnerships for the project.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Yes, this project was recognised by Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) Super Teacher Of The Year Award for the runner up position in 2012.

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

From a colleague who was a nominee for the 2012 Super Teacher of the Year Award.

S. B Lekgetha, Pula Madibogo Primary, Mankweng, Limpopo

Number of votes: 1586
Project Name:

Pula Madibogo Orphans and Vulnerable Committee

Project Description:

This is a project that started in 2007 after attending a meeting with Child line where we got a training on how to become champions of children by taking care of the Orphans and vulnerable children. That’s where we started a committee named Pula Madibogo Orphans and Vulnerable Resource Committee. The main objective was to support the orphans and destitute learners to improve their performance and to re assure them that they can perform beyond their expectations. Secondly to make them aware that their destitute environment cannot limit their potentials. We started to look for sponsors to assist us in this innovative initiative. The following are some of the sponsors who took part in supporting our learners: • PIFI • Don’t cry Africa • ROFTO • Local churches • Shop- rite • Mr Mashamba-member of legislature

What made you start this Project?

We believe that every child is born with a dream for his/her life. They may not be able to describe it but it is our duty as educators to unearth those talents. As teachers we are parents to these learners-hence” logo in parentice” status. For the learners to perform well in class, we need to win learners hearts first. The following is the model that we use as a school to teach learners in totality not only in academic but in whole We have realized that we are teaching impoverished learners who lose their parents every day either through ill health, accidents or otherwise. We also realize that these learners come from different social background , some orphans, child headed, poor families and all those limitations that can affect their educational goals. 1.Our priority is school safety environment: We make sure that school environment is friendly,love, warm, green, flowers , clean and sound protection. Our school yard is fenced, secured day and night, curtained classrooms, titled floors, flower and vegetable garden and loving educators who care and work beyond their call of duty. 2.Social background: Where the learner stays is our concern. What kind of house, are there parents , is the learner having proper school uniform etc. That s why we engage many companies to assist us in donating school uniform, blankets and food 3.Spiritual aspect: Most of our learners lose parent every two weeks as such teaching sad learners will impact negatively in our academic results. As committee members we sit down with learners and comfort them and re assure them of the bright future that still lay ahead of them provided they study. 4. Academic aspect: This is the last aspect to be concern about when teaching these kind of learners. If you can start with the above mentioned three , academic will come automatically. The following images exhibits the report We have realized that we are teaching impoverished learners who lose their parents every day either through ill health, accidents or otherwise. We also realize that these learners come from different social background , some orphans, child headed, poor families and all those limitations that can affect their educational goals. 1.Our priority is school safety environment: We make sure that school environment is friendly,love, warm, green, flowers , clean and sound protection. Our school yard is fenced, secured day and night, curtained classrooms, titled floors, flower and vegetable garden and loving educators who care and work beyond their call of duty. 2.Social background: Where the learner stays is our concern. What kind of house, are there parents , is the learner having proper school uniform etc. That s why we engage many companies to assist us in donating school uniform, blankets and food 3.Spiritual aspect: Most of our learners lose parent every two weeks as such teaching sad learners will impact negatively in our academic results. As committee members we sit down with learners and comfort them and re assure them of the bright future that still lay ahead of them provided they study. 4. Academic aspect: This is the last aspect to be concern about when teaching these kind of learners. If you can start with the above mentioned three , academic will come automatically.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

portion of the community we have impacted through our project Parents of learners who are not working: Unemployed parents, orphans and impoverished community members were positively impacted .The following bears reference: • Their children have school uniform • Child headed family house is glazed ,learners and extended family members can hide from chilli winter • Blankets are taken home for family members to use • Food donated is taken home for all the family members to enjoy • One Community member acquire skills on baking but also get monthly stipend to augment her financial status • Ownership of school by parents has improved since this innovative project

What challenges have you faced with your project?

We encounter many challenges when running the project. These are some of the challenges: 1.Many impoverished learners are shy to reveal their limitations that affect their education. As such its upon our shoulders to check them during school uniform inspection at assembly and record those who need assistance. 2.Some parents do not come to receive the donated items. They still feel uncomfortable to be given goods. But gradually we are trying to re assure them that its not about their impoverished status ,but about learners education and their bright future 3. Child headed family learners have less care during the weekend as compared during the week 4. We are also challenged by a number of orphans that is growing every year due to high mortality rate of parents. It becomes hard to cover them up at once

How did you overcome those Challenges?

During the parents meetings and parents consultations we do encourage other parents to take care of their neighbors if they realize that children are alone We also make sure that we invite all parents for the farewells, parents day, prize giving so that they all feel at home. In as much as we invite them to receive donations we also invite them to attend celebrations

What have you achieved through your project?

The following are the tangible difference made: • Improvement of learners performance more so the impoverished • Confidence and taking part in different sporting activities • Equality amongst learners • Those learners can now play freely with other learners • This project encouraged other educators to learn to donate and assist other children • There is more harmony in the school yard than before

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

Not much money was raised. When ever we raise money ,we use it to pay stipend to those who render services like one community member who is doing baking project to alleviate poverty in her family. We really appeal to ARGO for financial assistance so that we can be able to assist more learne

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Its for the first time we enter our committee’s award competition as educators

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

from the School Principal

Dungile Maponyane, Bathokwa Secondary, Mokopane, Limpopo

Number of votes: 1300
Project Name:

DTMSC

Project Description:

DTMSC is a shortened name for Dungile Trainings Maths and Science Centre. It is a project that offers maths, science and commerce extra classess for learners of high schools in Mogalakwena Municipality in the Waterberg District.

What made you start this Project?

i started the project in 2004 because I realised that the maths phobia is still lingering in our heads as blacks irrespective of being a learner or educator. we still take mathematics as one of the most difficult subjects. Having the passion for mathematics and that love of our youth willing to see them being better people in future. I started by helping one boy who was struggling with mathemattics and science he then recruited others. the following year i had morethan 25 learners who attending under a makeshift garade. that\'s how i started.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

the project have impacted a larger part of the province. Why am I saying this is because since I also run camps during the vacations a lot of learners from all over the province are getting help.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

When you are running a project of this nature. the first challenge that youface is accommodation because as long as the project is productive and fruitful it keeps on growing and you need accommodation and extra hands and brains to help. Finance is the other challenge. Educational resources.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

we are renting three classrooms in one of the local pre-schools. to thank the tutors who joined me I requested Liviero Civils for a sponsorship to cover their travel,and catering cost and Learning and teachin resources for the both tutors and learners. though i did not totally overcome but is a relief

What have you achieved through your project?

my passion for mathematics grew and in 2010 I presented apaper in India( International Congress of Mathematicians) 2012 another paper in Athens 6th international conference of mathematics i registered a Masters in Mathematics Education with Walden University US online

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

Not necessary but Liviero Civils always helps us when we are running the camps

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Yes eTV South African Hereos March 2012 Awarded a recognition Certificate by SACE October 2012

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

one of my former learner

Sadike Welhemina Kekana, Toronto primary, Sovenga, Limpopo Province

Number of votes: 749
Project Name:

Fightinh the Fat

Project Description:

The project is about “Fighting the Fat” by preventing diseases with better living. There are a number of activities that I have introduced at school, ad these activities will help in alleviating Obesity that is common in learners. The project is aimed at keeping learners fit and healthy. There are a number of benefit behind the project that learners will achieve. These include: weight management, burning calories, reduction in body fats, improvement in muscle shape and tone, Decrease the risk of heart diseases, improves concentration and focus.

What made you start this Project?

I have realised that often, kids become lazy, fat, and unhealthy because they don’t exercise. This made me introduce a project of “Fighting the Fat” to give learners an opportunity to explore the functional activities of life and sport, just to keep them fit and healthy. We live in an environment that promotes unhealthy food choices. Saturated fats and calorie-dense food have gone up, while the intake of fresh fruit and vegetables has gone done. Cool-drinks and junk foods are daily consumed and the fast food campaigns are directly aimed at children. I have realised that food, however is not the only culprit. Screen-time which is the time spend watching TV, playing games on the computer and engaging with social media, also aggravates the problem. Children are simply not as active as they should be. Staying physically inactive leaves unused energy in the body, most which it is stores as fat. Physical education in schools is not regarded as part of the curriculum anymore, which means that kids are used to an inactive lifestyle.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

My project had a huge impact on the community I am working in. It stressed the issue of health, particularly in fighting obesity which is the burning issue in people’s life at the moment. The National Minister of Health is always stressing the danger of the pandemic which is the main cause of so many diseases like diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart diseases. Through this project, I have been able to inculcate the habit of good eating and exercise in learners, parents and educators

What challenges have you faced with your project?

My biggest challenge is lack of enough time to cater for most obese learners at my school. Ever since physical education was phased out as part of the curriculum in schools, I am unable to reach all of them during the week. Parents on the other side don’t encourage and motivate their children to exercise so; they don’t see any need for their children to remain after school to be helped. Obesity is easy to recognise but difficult to treat. At school I teach them healthy eating habits but, at home the situation is different.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

I have arranged with most parents to bring their children to school every Saturday morning for exercises. I have also created time to teach and train learners on weekends as we will be having enough time to do that. We start with our activities from 8H00 in the morning till 12H00 mid-day. I divide them into groups and train each group an activity designed for them. As parents bring their children to school on Saturdays, I also invite them to our health talks. I always encourage them to have knowledge of what their children eat at school. They are also warned not to use food as a reward to their children.

What have you achieved through your project?

In 2011 I won a trophy, and a gold medal for having obtained position one in the activity \\\'Aerobics Step\\\". In 2012 i obtained position one in the activity :Kata-Box\\\" in Team challenge and won myself two Silver medals. In 2013 I obtained position in the activity :Aerobics Step\\\", and won a trophy and Silver medal. Some of the learners were so motivated that they also won in these activities.

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

No, I have not raised money so far. What I succeeded in doing thus far is the fact that my community is now actively in exercise to reduce the stress which is caused by too much weight gain.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Yes, my project has been recognised several times by other institutions. I am currently the Super – Teacher Award winner as recognised by ISPA and Coza Cares. I am also the first runner-up in the National Teacher Award with this project under the category “ICT – enhanced teaching”

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

My mentor is Mr Mokgehle George, in 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. He is the one who motivated me in entering for this competiotion.

Modiba Dibageng Altheus, Pula Madibogo Primary, Mankweng, Limpopo

Number of votes: 420
Project Name:

Mamotintane Youth Development Programme

Project Description:

MAMOTINTANE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME STARTED IN 2010 FEBRUARY BY YOUTH MEMBERS IN A RURAL AREA NEXT TO MANKWENG IN TURFLOOP. THEY CREATED A SMALL PARK TO KEEP THEIR VILLAGE GREEN, SHADY AND TO HAVE A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT

What made you start this Project?

YOUTH MEMBERS STARTED THIS PROJECT TO MAKE THEMSELVES BUSY TO AVOID CRIME AND ALSO SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN. THEY INVITED ME TO HELP THEM WITH THE SKILLS/ EXPERIENCE THAT I HAVE FROM OUR PROJECTS AT OUR SCHOOL

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY, YOUTH, THE CHILDREN AND OTHER VILLAGE

What challenges have you faced with your project?

THE PARK HAS NO FENCE AND WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR HANDOVER FROM THE MUNICIPALITY. THE POULTRY PROJECT DOESN’T HAVE A PROPER SHELTER FOR THE CHICKENS. THE ENTIRE MEMBERS LACK SKILLS ON HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THE CHICKENS.GREENING PROJECT THE BACKYARDS OF THE MEMBERS ARE USED AND WE DON’T HAVE OWNERSHIP OF THE PRODUCTS.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

THROUGH WORKSHOPS FROM PULAMADIBOGO PROJECTS, ECYD AND ALZU POULTRY

What have you achieved through your project?

THE PROJECT WAS SHOWN ON SABC 2

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

WE HAVE RECEIVED ONLY DONATIONS FROM MUNICIPALITY ( CREATION OF THE PARK), PULAMADIBOGO SEEDLING TO PLANT AND A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN WHO DONATED THE CHICKS.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

YES I HAVE RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE FROM ISPA

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

From School principal

Jan Horn, Meridian College Tzaneen, Tzaneen, Limpopo

Number of votes: 316
Project Name:

Computer Training for Adults

Project Description:

Computer Training that focus on developing Adult computer skills, to get better jobs.

What made you start this Project?

The uneducated adults in the community of Nkowankowa, By this project Parents and grand parents gets the opportunity to make better life\'s for themselves.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

The under educated adults.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

to get enough computers and a place to give extra classes.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

As the principal of the school Mr Horn got permission form the directors to use the school computer room to give free computer classes to the people in the community. UBUNTU

What have you achieved through your project?

given computer skills to adults and creating a better change in getting work, the world out there is computer rise from a Till point at Pep till the banks.

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

Mr. Horn is currently busy raising money form international donations to build a community hall, to give free training to all.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Mr. Horn received a merit certificate from the Tzaneen Chamber of Commerce for outstanding service to the community ....

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

department of education

Karen Stadler, Elkanah House Senior Primary, Cape Town, Western cape

Number of votes: 271
Project Name:

The Travelling Rhinos Project

Project Description:

A global classroom project to raise awareness of the dire poaching situation in South Africa and the world. I had five uniquely African stuffed rhinos made and sent them in five different directions in the world, to visit classrooms and schools to raise awareness of this problem. (Based loosely on the Flat Stanley concept). Each rhino travels with a journal and each class contributes a page in a wiki that I created for the project: http://saveourrhinos.wikispaces.com. There are currently rhinos in the USA, Guatemala, South Africa, New Zealand and Singapore. In all, the rhinos have visited over 30 classes since january this year. This was supposed to be a year-long project, but due to demand it has been extended until June 2014.

What made you start this Project?

Inspired by a photo of five rhinos at a waterhole that I took in the Kruger National Park last year, I asked myself how I could make a difference and I realised that I could muster the voices of the children of the world to cry out against this travesty. I have since become a passionate rhino warrior and have entered into many interesting conversations on this topic, specifically with children and teachers around the world.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

Because it is a global project, the project has not only made a local impact (the rhino in South Africa has visited Cape Town, Grahamstown, East London, Port Elizabeth and is on its way to Durban), but it has also impacted classrooms around the world. The response to the project has been phenomenal with teachers devoting weeks of their teaching time to the project. It has been used as a real world project for Project Based Learning by some teachers and the feedback from all the participants is that this has been one of the best projects they have participated in.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

*Finding participant schools *Keeping track of the rhinos *Time zones make communication a challenge *Answering the many questions from the children and their teachers

How did you overcome those Challenges?

*I belong to a group of global teachers called the Global Classroom Project, so I sent requests to all those contacts via Twitter (I am a regular Tweeter - @ICT_Integrator - and swear by Twitter in Education), I also set up a Facebook page for the project (https://www.facebook.com/TheTravellingRhinosProject) to stay in touch and update news and information. * I used a shared Google Doc for signing teachers up and then created a Google Tracking Document which the teachers could use to track the progress of their rhino. *Twitter and Facebook helped to alleviate this. We also used Skype and I was up at some strange hours at times to make connections possible. *I follow various rhino activists and anti-poaching groups on Facebook and Twitter and have made the most amazing connections. Through these connections I stay abreast with the latest happenings and pass them on as I can.

What have you achieved through your project?

*Through this project there is now awareness of this severe problem in countries all around the world. A few of the classes wrote letters to their local newspapers or they were interviewed by local journalists and articles were published. *At my own school we have run two rhino initiatives and this project is ongoing with students participating in activities over the course of the year. Our students are all very aware of the rhino poaching problem, they have blogged about it and are constantly ralking about it with their families and friends. I believe education is key!

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

This was not the aim of this project at all, but it has been a much appreciated and surprising spin-off. Classes have held cake sales, raffles etc. to raise funds for this cause. One class in New York raised approximately R10 000 and sent it to the International Rhino Foundation. Since then I have thrown my support behind one cause and just recently a class in Canada made a donation of just over R5000! I am now in the process of setting up a project donation site through GivenGain.com.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

No.

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

I saw it mentioned on Twitter

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