December 2015   


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 here.

It's a jam-packed newsletter, we hope you enjoy it!

Yours in growing rural talent and opportunity,

The Axium Team

Coming up in this issue…

Spotlight on MasaKHANe:

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 here.

Tigers on tour…

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 move…

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. here

Creative Sparks…

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!

Community Reading update:

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.

Click here to meet two of the Community Readers - the outgoing RiRi, and Thozama - an original team member….

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