​​Funda UJabule School

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Childhood Education Brochure

The Funda UJabule School in Soweto is the only one of its kind in South Africa. The school is a partnership between the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ). This school opened its doors to the children of the area in 2010 with two grade R classes, one for children who speak isiZulu at home and one for Sesotho speaking children. The school will grow incrementally into a fully-fledged primary school.

Funda UJabule was founded as a teacher education and research school in the Faculty of Education of the University of Johannesburg, in collaboration with the GDE. In addition to serving the children of Soweto, it serves as training site for teacher education students at the university. It is also the site of unique longitudinal research. The school also hosts community engagement projects related to care and education in childhood.​

Integration of school education, teacher education, research, and community engagement

Teacher education and training

The students in the Foundation Phase Education degree programme participate in classroom activities in the school, learning about the practice of teaching. They spend time in the school as classroom observers and as assistants. The staff of the school become adjunct teacher educators of the UJ students and they work with the UJ lecturers. Thus, students, school staff  and university lecturers collaborate in this integrated project of teacher education. The overall aim is to establish a strong teacher education programme that bridges the ‘theory-practice divide’

Once the intermediate phase degree programme is introduced in 2014 the school will also serve as learning site for these students.

Community service

The school and UJ staff write a bi-weekly column, “Funda ngeFunda UJabule” (learn with Funda UJabule), in the community newspapers of Soweto. In these columns issues related to childhood education and care are discussed. Special attention is given to how parents and other caregivers can assist young children in making progress in school.

Teacher Education students and staff share their expertise and offer educational programmes to the community. Two such events have been hosted thus far: The Maponya Mall Reading programme (2012) and the UJ Storytelling Festival (2013).

Learn and be joyful (Funda UJabule)

From the outset, the ethos of the school has captured the joy of learning. With more than 300 children, thirteen full-time staff members, many students and lecturers, the school radiates warmth, activity, and growth. Parent meetings, community programmes, research, learning and teaching come together in a public school like no other in South Africa.

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 Funda UJabule Staff

Ayanda-Dlamini

Mr Ayanda Dlamini, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 2 years
Area of specialization Foundation Phase
English
Mathematics
Life Skills
Highest qualification B Ed Foundation Phase (UJ)
Qualification: in progress B Ed Honours in Linguistics
 

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Mrs. Phindile Dlamini, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 20 years
Area of specialization Intermediate Phase
Sesotho
Life Skills
Highest qualification B Ed Honours in Education Psychology (UJ)
B Ed Honours in Leadership & Management
Qualification: in progress M Ed Inclusive Education (UJ)
 

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Ms Asanda Mbali Gama, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 4 years
Area of specialization Intermediate Phase
English
Social Science
Highest qualification B Ed Intermediate Phase (Wits)
Qualification: in progress
 

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Ms Dimakatso Gwamanda, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 26 years
Area of specialization Intermediate Phase
Sesotho
Life Skills
Highest qualification B Ed Honours
Qualification: in progress N/A
 

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Ms. Kwayi, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 1 year
Area of specialization Intermediate Phase
Social Science
Geography
Life Orientation
Highest qualification B Ed Intermediate Phase (UJ)
Qualification: in progress
 

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Mrs. Rebecca Maboya, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5011
Current Position: Principal
Number of years teaching: 26 years
Area of specialization Leadership and Management of the school.
Administrative duties
Highest qualification B Ed Honours (leadership and management)
Qualification: in progress M Ed Leadership and Management
 

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Ms Itumeleng Maleke, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 23 years
Area of specialization Foundation Phase
Teaching Foundation Phase subjects
Sesotho
Mathematics
English
Life Skills
Highest qualification Primary School Teacher’s Diploma
Qualification: in progress
 

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Owen Ntokozo Masondo, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 29 years
Area of specialization Intermediate Phase
Mathematics
Highest qualification Advanced certificate in Education
Qualification: in progress B Ed Honours Inclusive Education (NWU)
 

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Mrs Nikiwe Mazibuko, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 5 years
Area of specialization Foundation Phase
Teaching Foundation Phase subjects
IsiZulu
Mathematics
English
Life Skills
Highest qualification B Ed Honours Linguistics (UJ)
Qualification: in progress M Ed Education Linguistics (UJ)
 

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Ms Lindiwe Mdlethse, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: Area of specialization Intermediate Phase
IsiZulu Natural Science & Technology
Highest qualification B Ed Honours
Qualification: in progress M Ed Mathematics Education (UJ)
 

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Ms. Gloria Mollo, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Grade R Practitioner
Number of years teaching: 18 years
Area of specialization Grade R
Language
Mathematics
Life skills
Highest qualification ECD Level 5
Qualification: in progress Diploma in Grade R
 

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Mrs. Mbavhalelo Patricia Moshwane, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Grade R Practitioner
Number of years teaching: 22 years
Area of specialization Grade R
Language
Mathematics
Life skills
Highest qualification ECD NQF Level 5
Qualification: in progress B Ed Foundation Phase (UNISA)
 

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Mr Andrew Mpofu, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: Area of specialization
Intermediate Phase
Mathematics
Social Science
Highest qualification B Ed Honours Mathematics Education (UJ)
Qualification: in progress
 

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Mr Avhashoni Muzila, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Intermediate Phase HOD
Number of years teaching: 22 years
Area of specialization Intermediate Phase
Management of Curriculum and Phase
Mathematics
Economic & Management Sciences
Natural Science
English
Highest qualification MBA (MENCOSA)
Qualification: in progress PhD (UP)
 

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Ms Ntombifuthi Ncayiyana, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 8 years
Area of specialization Foundation Phase
Mathematics
English
IsiZulu
Life Skills
Highest qualification B Ed Honours Curriculum Studies (UJ)
Qualification: in progress N/A
 

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Mr. Sibusiso Ngubane, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5011
Current Position: Deputy principal
Number of years teaching: 20 years
Area of specialization Leadership and Management of the school.
Administrative duties
Highest qualification
Qualification: in progress B Ed Honours Childhood Education
 

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Mrs Cynthia Nkosi, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 30 years
Area of specialization Intermediate Phase
IsiZulu
Natural Science & Technology
Remedial Education
Highest qualification M Ed
Qualification: in progress N/A
 

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Mr Xolani Percival Ngwenya, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 3 years
Area of specialization Intermediate Phase
Mathematics
Technology
Life Skills
Highest qualification B Ed Intermediate Phase (Wits)
Qualification: in progress

 

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Mrs. Refilwe Ntsoane, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Foundation Phase HOD
Number of years teaching: 23 years
Area of specialization Leadership and management of the Foundation Phase
Teaching Foundation Phase subjects
Sesotho
Mathematics
English
Life Skills
Highest qualification B Ed Honours foundation Phase (UJ)
Qualification: in progress M Ed Childhood Education
 

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Ms. Kelebogile Raborifi, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 5 years
Area of specialization Intermediate Phase
English
Natural Science & Technology
Highest qualification B Ed Intermediate Phase (Wits)
Qualification: in progress B Ed Honours in Leadership & Management (UJ)
 

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Ms Tanya Shabalala, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 3 years
Area of specialization Intermediate Phase
English
History
Social science
Highest qualification B Ed Intermediate Phase (Wits)
Qualification: in progress N/A
 

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Mrs Patience Sindisiwe Theledi, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Educator
Number of years teaching: 21 years
Area of specialization Foundation Phase
Mathematics
English
IsiZulu
Life Skills
Highest qualification B Ed Honours Foundation Phase (UJ)
Qualification: in progress N/A
 

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Mr Nkosinathi Tshabalala, read more..

Contact details: 011 559 5010
Current Position: Creative Arts Assistant
Number of years teaching: 6 years
Area of specialization Grade R Practitioner
Visual and Creative Arts
Highest qualification Diploma in Digital Art
Qualification: in progress N/A