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Metro South Education District, Western Cape Department of Education

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What I love about the programme is that every learner will be able to interact with the teacher as well as with other learners.

Basic Concepts is a language/method/ way of using words to teach concepts in Grade R and Grade 1.

It was a fun, warm, friendly and collaborative learning experience. The teacher was engaging, interactive, approachable and attuned.

The mediator does not assume that children know, she draws the child’s attention to detail and encourages independent thought.

Basic Concepts is not just about learning about colours, shapes, numbers and letters. It expands vocabulary and assists to develop conceptual understanding.

I feel very motivated to apply the knowledge learnt - it has motivated me to mediate and not just teach. The ideas for vocabulary extension were also very good.

A very informative and fantastic learning experience… I learnt about the complexities of basic concepts and the importance of language and questions.

I really cannot wait to start- I want all my children to be Grade 1 ready at the end of this year.

Very informative, well presented, engaging, coherent and thought provoking.

Teachers use questions that evoke thinking and inquiry, so that the learners are able to discover and experience for themselves.

I realize that children need to know their basic concepts so that they can develop understanding of the content of the curriculum.

I understand now that teaching is not just standing in front of the class, but a discussion/ dialogue with your children.

This was a fruitful, educational, informative, empowering, enjoyable, helpful, superb, well-planned, and inspiring experience.

All that I learnt from Day One  I was immediately able to apply in my class the following day… with remarkable results!

The training was very effective and informative … and gave us insight into how to teach and develop language. I wish there could be more of such training to develop ourselves further.

Good work, keep it up and do the same for my colleagues. This work could help save the children of South Africa … and give them hope for a better future.

Metro South Education District

I am extremely grateful for being exposed to this programme … I'm always worried about those learners who are not progressing. The programme can support these learners in order to lay the foundation for academic progress. Practically my whole class needs this Foundation!!! How can I start with formal teaching if they do not know their Basics.

It helps learners to think and forms (the) foundation for reading, writing and mathematics.

I understand how I can assist my learners who need intervention. The BCP will boost the self-esteem and knowledge of weak learners. It definitely helps me to guide my learners, using the correct language applicable to the situation.

Before the workshop I thought (that) I knew how to teach or introduce my lessons, but now I know that I was not doing justice to my learners. I took them for granted ... as if (they would) very easily understand my instructions.

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Project Details
Start Date: 
2002 to 2015
Status: 
Current
No. of Learners: 
11,865
No. of Teachers: 
339 (Teachers, Learning Support Teachers, Learning Support Advisors)
No. of Sites: 
64
Grade Level(s): 
Grade R, Grade 1, Learning Support
Area of Intervention: 
Metro South Education District

Description

The BCP was first implemented in the Metro South Education District in 2002 with a group of Learning Support Teachers. The success of the initial pilot project in the Metro created the impetus for its extension to other Learning Support Teachers. This initial phase of the BCP has been captured in the author's doctoral research. The BCP was thereafter extended into Grade R classes in the Metro.

Two groups of Grade R teachers were trained over two years in 2008 and 2009. The teachers received approximately 20 hours of training as well as regular on-site mentoring by the project coordinator during the first year of implementation. 

The first group of Grade 1 teachers received training in January 2013. The teachers received 14 hours of training and will have regular on-site mentoring by the project coordinator from Metro South during the year.

Evaluation

The results of the project demonstrate its benefits for learners in the Metro-

  • 86.5% of learners who participated in the programme in 2008 and 2009 were found to be school prepared
  • 70% of the learners who participated in the programme in 2008 were found to be ready to cope with learning in Grade 2

Location

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  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Delta Primary School, Steenberg, Western Cape
  • Naluxolo Primary
  • Naluxolo Primary
  • Naluxolo Primary
  • Naluxolo Primary
  • Naluxolo Primary
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
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  • Metro South Education District
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  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Heinz Park Primary
  • Heinz Park Primary
  • Heinz Park Primary
  • Heinz Park Primary
  • Masivuke Primary
  • Masivuke Primary
  • Masivuke Primary
  • Masivuke Primary
  • Masivuke Primary
  • Masivuke Primary
  • Masivuke Primary
  • Masivuke Primary
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Weltevreden Valley Core Primary
  • Weltevreden Valley Core Primary
  • Weltevreden Valley Core Primary
  • Weltevreden Valley Core Primary
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • ZANEMFUNDO PRIMARY SCHOOL
  • Basic Concepts Programme at Samora Machel
  • Basic Concepts Programme at Samora Machel
  • Basic Concepts Programme at Samora Machel
  • Basic Concepts Programme at Samora Machel
  • Basic Concepts Programme at Samora Machel
  • Basic Concepts Programme at Samora Machel
  • Basic Concepts Programme at Samora Machel
  • Basic Concepts Programme at Samora Machel
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Teachers at training Session 1
  • Teachers at training Session 2
  • Teachers demonstrating the model at training Session 4
  • Teachers demonstrating the model at training Session 4
  • Teachers demonstrating the model at training Session 4
  • Teachers demonstrating the model at training Session 4
  • Teachers demonstrating the model at training Session 4
  • Metro South Education District
  • Teachers receive certificate at training Session 5
  • Samora Machel Primary: Training Venue
  • Samora Machel Primary: Parking lot and shacks
  • Teachers' conceptual understanding has improved
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Education District
  • Metro South Graduation (2009)
  • Metro South Graduation (2010)
  • Metro South Graduation (2010)
  • Metro South Graduation (2010)
  • Metro South Graduation (2010)
  • Metro South Graduation (2010)
  • Metro South Graduation (2009)
  • Metro South Graduation (2009)
  • Metro South Graduation (2009)
  • Metro South Graduation (2009)
  • Metro South Graduation (2009)
  • Metro South Graduation (2009)
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
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  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South, Western Cape Department of Education
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2007)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2007)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2008)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2008)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2009)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2009)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2008)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2008)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2008)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2008)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2008)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2008)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2007)
  • Metro South Teacher Training (2007)