Founded in 2009 by ALI alumni Dr’s Futhi Mtoba and Mothomang Diaho, TEACH SA was birthed with the objective of tackling the challenge of teacher shortages and the need for quality education in South Africa. The initiative comprises of young, talented graduates who are recruited and trained to become great ambassadors in the field of teaching – a healthy indicator for the future of education.
The founders both believe that by training and developing the brightest graduates to become teachers, it’s possible to work towards the requirements of the education system. And this can be done whilst also ensuring that young people in South Africa receive a quality education.
The recent 2018 matric results saw learners and their ambassadors achieve exceptional results in gateway subjects such as Mathematics and Physical Science. One such example is Fredy Selowa, a TEACH SA ambassador teaching at Raeleng Secondary School in Limpopo – this is a school who produced a 100% pass rate in Physical Science for the first time in the history of the school. Following closely is another TEACH SA ambassador, Mogashoa Joshua, who was placed at Upper Culunca Secondary School in the Eastern Cape to teach Physical Science. The school’s results for this subject went from a despondent 0% to an impressive 66.7%.
Notably, Mbalenhle Ndlela, another TEACH SA ambassador placed at Tsakane Ext. 8 Secondary School in Brakpan Gauteng, taught Mathematics to grade 12 learners for the first time here. Her class went on to obtain a 78.6% pass rate – a remarkable improvement from 27% in the previous year.
Without a doubt, it is strides like these which provide an assurance that the Africa Leadership Initiative, through the work of Fellows/alumni, is on the right track. TEACH SA exemplifies what ALI stands for in terms of integrity, values, and societal development.
With a strong buy-in from government, TEACH SA has now fast-tracked it’s dream of growing the organisation and placing more ambassadors in schools. And for that, ALI is beyond proud.