Department of Educational Studies
The following people are involved in a number of various Community Engagement projects in the Department of Educational Studies:
- Niemen MM, Van den Berg G and Pitsoe VJ
The colleagues tend to establish a culture of reading amongst grade 8 and 9 learners. The basic reading skills are already mastered by the learners and currently learners have to read books and complete report forms on the books read. Furthermore, the colleagues established a chess team and provide chess coaching. Learners (about 50) have been introduced to chess playing and the basic skills are already mastered. The team visit Irene Middle School on Thursday afternoons.
- Lessing AC and De Witt MW (co-worker from Dept Teacher Training)
The team take care of orphans at Mpyesi Primary School, Mandlakazi Village (Letsitele) and support teachers with regard to classroom management and the teaching of reading as well as the establishment of a food garden. They tend to visit the school twice per year to encourage the orphans and teachers and to determine specific needs. In January a workshop (action research) was also presented at Ephrath Mission Christian Academy Primary School and Happy Faces Pre-School, Deerpark Tzaneen to determine the challenges of teaching reading.; A great need was identified and a follow-up workshop on Reading and Learning disabilities was presented in February at Unicorn Primary School, Tzaneen to support these teachers. A similar workshop on reading and learning disabilities was done at Lenye-nye (near Letsitele). A great need is identified for support to learners with learning difficulties.
- Van Niekerk, MP and Van Niekerk, LJ (co-worker from Dept Teacher Training)
Professors Van Niekerk visited the NanHua Buddist Tempel in Bronkhorstspruit to assist them with the accreditation of Outreach learning programmes. They are planning a follow-up of the activity.
- Van Rooy MP
Prof van Rooy is nominated to serve on the South African Police Services Guardian Committee for Education, Training and Development and will attend workshops as scheduled by the SAPS
- Manyike TV
Dr Manyike visited three rural primary schools (Letsitele) to collect data on their reading and writing proficiency skills with the aim to support these learners. The first set of data has been collected and analysed.