Teacher Professional Development

English is one of 11 official languages in South Africa and though not the most common first language it is the most widely spoken second language. It is also the language of instruction in schools, technology and international business and science and therefore fluency and understanding are crucial for any young person making their way in the modern South Africa. Our partner schools have identified reading comprehension in English as a key challenge for their learners and tasked Project Zulu with designing a programme to support teachers in the teaching of reading comprehension.

In August 2016, Project Zulu worked with 2 academics from the Department of Education at the University of the West of England to provide additional support to the teachers at our partner schools. The UWE academics held multiple workshops with the schools’ English teachers, equipping them with new approaches and techniques for the teaching of reading. The local Department of Education also requested two, one-day conferences open to all schools within the Newcastle area, including all other Madadeni township schools and schools from the neighbouring township of Osizweni and Dannhauser municipality. Altogether around 150 teachers benefitted from the training provided.

Project Zulu are aiming to continue this new model of support by understanding the teaching needs in our partner schools and providing the additional support required through working in partnership with academics from the University of the West of England.