ROSEACT SATURDAY SCHOOL
What is our approach due to COVID-19?
Due to the pandemic all schools in Alex have been closed for months. This means that no children have received any education for that time as no extra work has been sent home and online learning is not an option due to the cost of data.
To support our children, we have been printing and distributing learning material once a week, and collecting and marking it the following week. This has worked to a limited extent.
We are working hard to be able to start small classes again to try to close some of the massive learning gaps that have been exacerbated due to the closure of schools.
Our Usual Approach
Every Saturday, close to 300 young people in grades 4 – 9 arrive at the Central Johannesburg College, Alexandra Campus for extra Mathematics and English classes. All classes are taught by an army of volunteers, including several Rose-Act alumni.
Students are rewarded for academic achievement throughout the year, but Rose-Act also provides social and spiritual enrichment through holiday clubs, an annual camp and extra mural activities, including drama, chess, spelling bees and general knowledge quizzes. This positively impacts the children’s well-being as well as their academic results. Many of the children who joined the programme were extremely weak but have dramatically improved through Rose-Act tutoring.
At my normal school I now pass English with 80% because of you.
Thank you for your patience, love and caring towards the whole class.
Thank you for always being honest and turning up to class.
No-one noticed my sorrow when I kept making mistakes, but you noticed and made a difference. I thank you for that..
You helped me to know what to do with my assignment from school and I get better marks with the things you taught me.
Thank you for your support. You really made me proud of myself.
Thank you for teaching me that even if I am wrong, you must try and never give up.
You can be part of the change
- Class Tutors: Two tutors share a class of around 25 students for two hours every Saturday. They work from a prescribed curriculum with assistance from a curriculum coordinator, which maximizes the learning for each child. Tutor training takes place a minimum of four times a year.
- Assistants: Assistants work alongside tutors with class admin, discipline and some teaching.
- Administration Assistants: Volunteers play a crucial role in giving their time to help Rose-Act with administration, fundraising and educational research, which keeps Rose-Act up to date with current academic trends.
- Evaluation and Monitoring Assistant: A volunteer to take raw data, evaluate the results, and translate them in a visually meaningful manner, e.g. producing graphics.
Sharing a few of the joys
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