April 11, 2014

ZSP 2013 results: Grade 6 Mathematics – Average pass percentage for Systemic Tests and Annual National Assessments

The Systemic Tests are implemented by the Western Cape Education Deaprtment and the Annual National Assessments are implemented by the National Department of Basic Education.

August 26, 2013

EMASA Conference 2013

The Zisukhanyo Schools Project (ZSP) recently received significant recognition, with the bestowal of a major accolade.  The project was adjudged by the Education Management Association of South Africa (EMASA) to be among those projects that have been transformational in terms of their positive impact upon and contribution to education in South Africa.  Danny Gallagher of PEDP, the originator and owner of the ZSP, was invited to present on the achievements of the project at EMASA’s annual conference, which was held at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein on 23rd-24th August. 

EMASA was established in 1997 and is the only South African organisation with an exclusive focus on management and leadership in education.    

Criteria for the selection of the projects that were showcased at EMASA’s conference were:
·         Educational transformation and impact
·         Innovation
·         Quality of improvement in teaching/learning processes
·         Collaboration between project stakeholders and beneficiaries
·         Effective monitoring and evaluation processes in place
·         Potential exists for scalability and replication

The selected projects ranged from projects implemented at pre-school level through to projects with a further/higher education and training focus.  The ZSP was selected among those projects in the “Whole School Development” category.    

Three senior members of the Cape Town-based team with responsibility for the implementation of key components of the Zisukhanyo Schools Project also attended the conference.

At the conclusion of the conference, certificates were presented by Ms. Alison Bengtson-Mali, President of EMASA, and Professor Jonathan Jansen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State, to those who had presented at the conference.          

April 18, 2013

April 10, 2013

A new curriculum

The National Education Department implemented a new curriculum,CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements) in 2012. The ZSP IT Numeracy Programme was aligned to CAPS to allow teachers to have a smooth transition into this new curriculum structure.

For Term 1, the Zisukhanyo Schools Project achieved an average of 92% completion of all CAPs aligned IT Numeracy lessons. This percentage was achieved despite schools attending the District Sports Events that are held in Term 1.

All Intermediate Phase learners (grades 4,5 & 6) completed CAPS term assessment online at the end of Term 1. The assessment allowed educators to monitor the progress of each child.

March 26, 2013

Busy learners.

Although it is the last week of Term 1, these grade 3 learners at Jamaica Way Primary School are still busy with their IT Numeracy lesson.

January 31, 2013

In memory of Mthuthuzeli Ngqongqo,
teacher extraordinaire, Sonwabo Primary ZSP Champion.

October 22, 2012

ZSP Review Board

On the 10th October, 71 people attended the Stages II & III Review Board.( Control Board April 2012, Control Board August 2011) Attendees included Principals and ICT Champions, WCED officials, Project stakeholders, Project Implementation Team and the Project Owner.

The feedback from one attendee was " The Review Board gatherings are so uplifting and it is always a pleasure to be part of the audience".

We will be highlighting video clips from a couple of the speeches in a later post.