Eduhelpers are passionate, qualified or qualifying teachers whose role is to teach, tutor, coach a sport or assist with any development programmes which support the school and the rest of their community. Our Eduhelper project presents an incredible opportunity to learn and grow as a teacher through on-the-job training while making a difference in the lives of hundreds of enthusiastic young learners. We currently have twenty three Eduhelpers in twelve local schools.
The aim of e-learning is to improve learners’ computer skills while learning content. Two educational software programmes are used, namely, Ligbron e-Learning System and CAMI. The Ligbron e-Learning System has been in place at Shea O’Connor Combined School for a number of years and seems to be creating more interest in the subjects of Mathematics and Science. The Maths core class of 2021 is the largest yet at Shea O’Connor.
The aim of this project is to empower and upskill school principals and their leadership teams in our partnership schools. 10 principals, 5 heads of department and 5 others in leadership roles have attended our leadership workshops covering, Concept of Leadership, Difference to Management, History of Leadership and Leadership Styles.
Through the IT Training project we aim to extend our reach and engage with partnership schools staff in charge of IT facilities, as well as extend our available training to learners, educators and youth. We are assist IT staff with resources and content to teach the range of ages and IT literacy which they are faced with. Included in this project is overseeing the CAMI program and the ongoing assessment of its effectiveness.
SPORTS, HEALTH AND CULTURE
SOCCER AND NETBALL
Sport is an important part of children’s lives and is often not promoted in our partnership schools due to a lack of resources and coaches. Our annual soccer and netball tournament is hosted at Michaelhouse with the aim of promoting social cohesion as well as encouraging young people to participate in sports
St Raphael’s project is the longest running project, providing basic health care to the greater Michaelhouse community. The team is made up of one medical doctor and 3 caregivers who refer clients directly to the doctor at Balgowan Clinic if necessary.
ART AND CHOIR
The annual art and choir competition invites twelve local partnership schools to participate in an art and choir competition. Our objective is to promote the love of art among children while encouraging them to express their thoughts in a creative manner. The beautiful artworks received are judged by the Michaelhouse Head of Arts, Jenni Clinton-Parker.