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In South Africa, we need many more people who can grow the economy and create employment for others: people who start and manage businesses, design and build infrastructure and factories, provide healthcare and come up with innovative products.

In South Africa, we need many more people who can grow the economy and create employment for others: people who start and manage businesses, design and build infrastructure and factories, provide healthcare and come up with innovative products.

To do that, these people need to deeply absorb concepts in language, maths and science at a young age. Which means that their primary school teachers need to teach them well.

However, research into the maths skills of young people studying to become teachers in South Africa reveal two disturbing gaps. Firstly, many have completely inadequate maths skills themselves. Secondly, they generally are not aware of how maths, language and science concepts are learnt by young children. As a result, many teachers are woefully unprepared to guide their school learners towards the required language, maths and science literacy.

​​​​Teaching school in Soweto

The Funda UJabule teaching school affiliated to the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg aims to bridge these gaps in South Africa. The school was established in 2010 in Soweto as a primary school. In 2015 the school was extended to serve Grades 1 through 12.

Ms Nikiwe Molaba, a young teacher: What it’s like to teach at Funda UJabule (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdY4OLzomi4)

Prof Sarah Gravett: Why we set up a teaching school (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7YON15FejU)

​​Teaching School in Mpumalanga

A substantive grant from USAID and the Elma Foundation was awarded to the Faculty in 2014 to establish the first Centre for African Language Teaching (CaLT) at Siyabuswa in 2015. This Centre will be a UJ initiative for three years. Thereafter, it will be taken over by the University of Mpumalanga. The grant from USAID and Elma Foundation also supports the development of a teaching school at Siyabuswa.

National Research Chair

Prof Elbie Henning, is the incumbent of a new Chair in Integrated Studies of Learning Language, Mathematics and Science. The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) chair was awarded to UJ in September 2015. Prof Henning is the Director of the Centre for Education Practise Research (CEPR) at UJ. The CEPR focuses on teacher development and early childhood education. CEPR is affiliated to the Department of Childhood Education (DCE) within the Faculty of Education.

More on the national research chair:

http://www.uj.ac.za/EN/Newsroom/News/Pages/Young-minds-are-a-priority.aspx

Prof Elbie Henning: The critical shortage of researchers in education

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xw1_W-ODdoM&noredirect=1

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