And so we come to the end of another year -and what
a year 2015 has been! In this final quarter we have run high-quality boot
camps; seen students travelling to Cape Town and Johannesburg; run our second
round of Early Grade Reading Assessments at Junior Schools and had our
inaugural Maths and Science Teacher Retreat. We also bade farewell to our
matrics, after a grueling few weeks of tertiary study applications; and held
our annual School Management Team Retreat - which was another inspiring and
challenging gathering of school leaders. Our annual AxIndaba was a great time
of reflection and planning; paradigm exploring and trouble-shooting; and eating
good food and socializing! We're excited about what 2016 holds.
In the wake of the #feesmustfall
movement that has rocked South Africa in recent months, we are ready for a new
year of addressing educational injustice, and working with our partners along
the rural education pipeline, from Foundation Phase to tertiary education
access. While cities were erupting with protests in the past months, the hills
remained quiet here. Yet we are reminded daily of the many obstacles that
learners face - and the many things that need to 'fall'for them to succeed. In
2016 we will continue coming alongside student trailblazers; resilient teachers
and many others who are working in the tension of the fine balance between hope
and frustration that characterizes rural education.
Finally, thank you to all of our
partners, near and far, who have contributed to our work this past year. We
deeply appreciate every investment; every volunteer hour - whether remote or
right here; every Facebook like or share; and every encouraging word and
long-distance-high-five. As we reflect on what's been and prepare excitedly for
what's to come, we're reminded that none of it would be possible without you.
There's so much that we're grateful for as a team - in fact, we've got a whole
blog on what we're grateful for that you can read by clicking
It's a jam-packed newsletter, we hope
you enjoy it!
Yours in growing rural talent and
The Axium Team
Coming up in this issue
MasaKHANe is our grade 6-9 programme that focuses on
maths and English. We use a combination of Khan Academy resources, and
curriculum-aligned teaching to grow maths foundations; and English is a mix of
activities that cultivate confidence in communication skills; reading and
writing. MasaKHANe focuses a lot on FUN learning. Read more about the fun we've
been having in the past few months
In October, we sent two teams to the
Junior Inter-Provincial Touch Rugby Tournament. Catch up on all the thrills,
spills, and many tries, as well as exclusive access to the official Tigers Tour
highlights video -
all right here.
Axium students on the
Zuko and Zukisa, two talented Grade 11
students, were afforded the incredible opportunity of travelling to Cape Town
for the annual National Child Gauge conference. To find out more about their
experiences, click here.
Our out-going Ekukhuleni English teacher
has been reflecting on his experiences in the classroom this year. In
particular, he focuses on the issue of creative, imaginative thought as an
integral part of approaching the subject of English. There's more
here, as well as some wonderful
examples of original work from students!
The Community Reading programme has been
growing from strength to strength, with the team set to expand into new schools
in 2016, and the number of reading clubs on the up. We're excited about more
children hearing stories, telling stories, reading stories, writing stories,
and ultimately - being guided and led onto a track towards living out the kinds
of stories that will bring them opportunities and success.
here to meet two of the Community
Readers - the outgoing RiRi, and Thozama - an original team member