As an education support organisation, siyaJabula siyaKhula provides multiple services to learners, teachers, schools and education departments. Each user group receives the support of specific services, supplied by leveraging the capabilities of the organisation.
All siyaJabula siyaKhula support services are participative, and user participation is both encouraged and required at all levels.
Subscriptions are only raised for learner intervention lessons. All other services mentioned here leverage on existing capacity, and therefore can be supplied at marginal or no cost to schools within the program. Where possible, any additional cost is carried through subsidisation from the learner subscriptions.
english reading program
school support services
progress monitoring and control
Learner support takes place through the provision of consistent quality interventions, with remedial assistance as required. All learner educational material is supplied to the learner on a lesson by lesson basis. This ensures that no learner is left behind through lack of access to resources, and maximises the learning opportunity.
Reward programs are in place to encourage learners to enjoy the success of achievement through participating in the interventions. Learners who experience success are motivated to learn more, and behave better.
Both the Maths and Reading courses have shown good results over the past several years. On average, learners increase by 10-30% on both subjects within four months. More notable is that learners also show increases in all other subjects as their reading skills and working memories improve.
The Maths program consists of a set of four workbooks for each grade. Each workbook has a set of remedial exercises for each day of a month. Each Maths course is designed to take learners up to the level required for the beginning of their current year. This will place them in a position where they can get the most out of their current curriculum.
At the beginning and end of the Maths course, learners write a graded assessment. This assessment is used to determine the learnerís level and progress. The assessment is also used to identify the standard of Maths in that particular school, with a view to identifying areas where teachers require extra support. The teacher support is also provided as part of our organisationís services.
Learners complete the daily set of exercises in the workbook. Learners mark their work and do corrections during the course of the book. The learners then write a test at the end of the workbook. This test is marked centrally, and learner progress is recorded and monitored.
Where the test shows that a learner did not grasp the concepts, additional remedial work is sent to the learner covering the areas of weakness. Where the learner has reached the required levels, the learner receives a certificate to encourage the learner, together with the next workbook.
The English Reading material consists of a series of lessons, arranged into levels. The course consists of a one hour lesson, once a week, every school week throughout the year.
As with Maths, learners are assessed at the beginning of the course, and are banded according to their reading ability. The learner is assigned to the band at which the learner will experience achievement in reading. This is a crucial element to the learning process. Learners who achieve develop self confidence and begin to enjoy their work. This leads to improvements in attendance, attention and behavior.
Historically, many reading programs have not achieved their objectives, mainly because they have taken a one dimensional approach to a multi-dimensional problem.
Although words are read in a sequence from left to right, the mental processes used to extract the meaning from the pattern of words are far more complex.
To develop each learner correctly, each reading lesson consists of reading, memory training, writing, comprehension and language skill development. In the course of each lesson, each area of the learnerís working memory is developed.
This training increases the learnerís ability to understand not only reading, but other subjects as well. By increasing learner ability to make sense of the information presented, learner performance across the whole spectrum of subjects improves.
Each reading lesson is accompanied by an audio soundtrack. This soundtrack is used to read the story component while learners follow in their work packs. This ensures that all learners learn the proper pronunciation of words, something that is often a problem with second language learners.
Learners are assessed on progress at each lesson, and undergo band assessment every six weeks. This information is gathered centrally to monitor learner performance, and remedial needs can be identified and handled immediately.
siyaJabula siyaKhula assists teachers in a number of practical ways. All of this is possible through the leveraging of our organisationís educational specialists, and the use of the data made available through the reporting from the regular assessment processes.
Here are some of the services for teachers:
identification and resolution of common problems
We are uniquely positioned to identify and resolve problems shared by learners, classes or schools. The regular assessment testing and the reporting functions make the identification of common problems simple. Once a problem has been identified, a solution can be developed by our educational specialists. This solution can then be presented as an intervention, training session or teaching aid to assist all affected teachers.
The service is also available to teachers to request a solution to a problem they have. If the problem is found to be common to multiple schools or teachers, then the solution is shared and distributed throughout the teacher community.
This service is another service subsidised by the learner subscriptions, and in general no extra charge is levied for schools within the program.
Where common problems or best practice methods are identified, our organisationís educational specialists will create training course material to be presented to all teachers within the siyaJabula siyaKhula program. These training interventions will show teachers better ways of presenting material and overcoming problems.
The teacher training service is subsidised by the learner subscriptions, and in general no extra charge is levied for schools within the program.
teaching aids and resources
Teaching aids and resources are an important part of a quality education program. One of the challenges facing South African Departments of Education is that many schools do not have either teaching aids or resources. On eof the services offered by siyaJabula siyaKhula is the creation and provision of teaching aids and resources to schools within our programs.
Where applicable, generic material is created and supplied to schools. At pre-determined periods, which vary from material to material, the resources are recalled and replaced with new material. The old material is taken back into stock within our organisation for re-issue in the next year, or for circulation to other schools within the program.
Finally, teacher workload can be reduced and lesson quality improved by supplying pre-prepared lessons, and the teaching aids to deliver them.
Teachers also benefit from regular reports on learner progress, and from their access to teacher remedial work.
school support services
Our organisation supports schools by providing them with services that improve their ability to educate their learners. Many schools face challenges in terms of insufficient resources and teaching aids. siyaJabula siyaKhula recognises this, and assists by providing educational resources and teaching aids on a loan basis to schools within its program. The materials include classroom wall charts, teaching aids and other educational items.
These resources and materials are designed to be used for a particular length of time. At the end of this time they are exchanged for fresh material, and the existing material is circulated either to another school or taken back into stock for re-issue the next year.
One of the benefits of working with us is that we improve the relationships between parents, school and community. As part of our ongoing interventions, we work to bring all parties in the education process closer together to improve overall results.
Schools also benefit from the learner interventions and teacher assistance, and regular reports on learner progress.
progress monitoring and control
By controlling and tracking learner progress through frequent assessments, siyaJabula siyaKhula is able to guarantee learner progress. The assessment process highlights gaps in both learner and teacher knowledge.
Once gaps have been identified, remedial action is taken to remedy the causes. Learners are assigned additional work designed to correct the problem, while at the teacher level training, support and resources can be provided. All remedial interventions are designed by educational specialists.
All learners are supplied with the learning resources needed for each lesson. This allows resources and learning aid materials are controlled and circulated through the schools,
All interventions are carefully designed and monitored to ensure learner progress and lesson quality. The process of constant assessment and feedback makes it possible for SiyaJabula SiyaKhula to identify learning gaps in learners, teachers and schools, and to supply immediate remedial support.
siyaJabula siyaKhula draws on its collection of educational material and the experience of its educational specialists to create targeted remedial material for teachers and learners alike.
Problems can be identified by either the assessment processes or by request from a teacher, school, department or support provider. Once the problem is identified, it is taken on by our educational specialists.
The educational specialists will analyse the problem, and design an appropriate solution. This solution could take the form of extra work for a learner, teaching aids for a teacher or support provider, or resources or training interventions for schools and teachers.
By being able to support individual remediation, siyaJabula siyaKhula is able to guarantee learner progress.
If it becomes clear that the problem is wider than just the point of origin, the solution is generalised and shared with all affected schools and learners in the program. This provides a mechanism for constantly improving the quality of education throughout all the program participants that reaches beyond the simple provision of learner interventions.