Save the Children South Africa - Free State
In partnership with the Elma Foundation, Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) is managing the Mentoring Programme of 100 Community-based Student Teachers which have been recruited within the Thabo Mofutsanyane District Municipality, to become qualified and highly committed foundation phase teachers.
The main aim of the mentoring programme is to blend contact learning and distance learning for students, promoting a practice-based teacher education for students to gain both practical/ “pedagogy” experience and theoretical knowledge. The progamme will also improve the level of competency of students when they start formal teaching, as through mentoring they will gain classroom management experience, preparation and delivery of lessons and getting experience in working with children. Most students who receive mentoring during their B.Ed studies are better prepared and ready to teach on their first years as qualified teachers.
The project seeks to engage the services of 3 mentors to mentor the first cohort of 50 students registered to study with UNISA for the year 2016. These mentors will be based in the Free State and implement the project at various schools at local level. The mentoring programme will ensure that there is adequate support for student where mentors will:
- work with students and enhance their understanding curriculum content, their planning, instruction and content knowledge
- Students to be able to apply theory into practical teaching,
- Measure student performance against UNISA targets
- Provide or refer students to relevant resources needed for their developmental needs,
- Advise and guide studying plans and address learner challenges and problems
- Enhance teaching skills and emotional well-being
- Prepare students for the teaching profession, improving learning capacity of students;
- Serve as a role model (using own experience to model the profession) and advocate for student needs
As a minimum you will need to have:
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant education field;
- At least 8 years of experience of actively working in the South African Education Sector as a teacher or HOD including demonstrable mentoring experience;
- At least three years of professional experience in the teacher capacity building sector;
- Working knowledge of the policies and programmes addressing the education capacity building in South Africa;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, ability to inform and engage through written communication;
- Strong initiative and ability to multitask, anticipate and priorities without direct supervision; and
- Driver’s license and own transport
Closing date: 16 October 2015, before 16h00.
If you are interested to mentor and prepare student teachers, and fulfil the minimum requirements, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the full Terms of Reference for these opportunities. For enquiries contact Nqabakazi Mathe, Education Project Manager at (058) 718 2860