Charity: Knysna Education Trust (KET), Knysna, Western Cape
Angie is a mother of 3 and passionate about education, alternative methods of education and teacher development. She holds a Master Degree in education from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, which she obtained cum laude. Her thesis was entitled ‘An External Evaluation of the Souns-for-literacy Program in the Knysna and Plettenberg Bay Areas.’
She will be working with the Knysna Education Trust (KET) as an Education and Training Manager / Mentor. The Trust exists to improve the quality of teaching and learning for young children. This is achieved through:
- Providing certified Early Childhood Development (ECD) training, to teachers.
- Equipping preschools with age and language appropriate educational equipment.
- Developing mother-tongue literacy.
- Developing mathematical concepts in mother-tongue.
- Maximising the first 1000 days development in a child's life through practical caregiver training.
- Establishing feeding schemes in the preschools.
- Educating parents to support the young child's development at home.
The Trust currently serves 42 pre-schools located in the disadvantaged communities situated within the greater Knysna area.
Angie’s focus during her tenure as a Vodacom Change the World volunteer will be on:
- Establishing the KET Further Education and Training (F.E.T) Center.
- Offering Further Education and Training levels 4 & 5. This is possible through collaboration with Professional Child Care College. The training is aligned with the National Development Plan (NDP), to capacitate teachers to deliver quality early childhood education as well as fulfil requirements for registration with the Department of Social Development (DSD).
- Formalising site learning and capacity building programmes, for distribution to complimentary NPOs focusing on supporting ECD within the Eastern Cape and other rural areas.
- Piloting the 0-1000 day Parent Training Program in partnership with the Department of Health’s community care workers. Focus will be on educating parents to better support young children in their first 1000 days.
- Implementing the FONIX programme. Getting pre-school children reading ready in their mother tongue. So far, this includes Xhosa, Afrikaans and English.
- Implementing Numicon programme. Managing the training of the teachers on the use of this numeracy programme.
- Assisting in develop manuals in Xhosa and Afrikaans that will help to contribute to the sustainability of NPOs.