TeaSterl projects, a unique rural-learner and teacher-oriented support NPO does it again this year.
TeaSterl (Teaching on a Shoe-String, e Technology
Article by Linford Molaodi
TeaSterl’s international partners in teacher professional development and rural learners’ projects, Georgia State University (GSU) has for the first time visited Limpopo Province, TeaSterl director Linford Molaodi’s home land.
This was influenced by TeaSterl’s active commitments to enhancing educators’ Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infusion and supporting Limpopo’s rural learners. As part of Georgia State University passion into uplifting underprivileged schools and establishing academic relations SA’s institutions of higher learning, Dr Erica Bass-Flimmons and Sam Daniel visited various schools in Sekhukhune, Ga-Maja and Ga-Mothapo, and the University of Limpopo.
The guests have had an opportunity to explore the Bapedi cultural practices by visiting Bakone Malapa Open Air Museum outside Polokwane.
Article by Linford Moloadi
Pictures by Phumelele
This an expression of Phumelele Mkhize, a 28 year old township-nurtured educator who has just received her Master’s degree (M.Ed) qualification in Educational Psychology at the University of Johannesburg’s Auckland Park Campus.
Fostered at early childhood by single mother, Phumelele never permitted life hurdles deter her from realizing her dreams.
As an average student who massively struggled in Mathematics and Science subject she had never received any certificate in high school.
Her marks disadvantaged her acceptance at the University after she had completed matric at Waverly Girls High School. She then had to be enrolled in BA Humanities extended program at UJ which she completed in 2012. In 2013 she studied Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, and continued with B.Ed Honours in Educational Psychology as a fulltime student in 2014. Phumelele subsequently she practiced as a temporary English and Life Skills teacher in 2015 in two private schools, where she had encountered workplace reality. “The kids were amazing but parents a nightmare. It was internalized racism and constantly having to back up your work or prove your worth.
I won the kids’ hearts and through that finally won the parents. It was a bitter sweet moment to leave and the school was in tears upon my departure,” she asserted.
Same year 2015 she enrolled in Masters’ degree. In 2017 she did her internship as a psychologist as part of her degree requirements at Ububele, an NGO in Kew. Currently, she works as a learner support educator.
She is committed to enhancing her skills in training, administering therapy and psycho-educational assessments. In pursuit of such opportunities, she wishes to be afforded opportunities to work with multiple organisations and institutions that provides psychological services. These shall serve as great milestone and fundamental foundation for her long term dream to open education-enhanced crèche which would also serve in provision of psychological assistance to communities.
AN INTERVIEW WITH LINFORD MOLAODI
BY DUMI MBONA
Rural Schools are still behind in development especially with ever changing world of technology; while it is clear that the Department of Education is caught up between ignorance and being overwhelmed, there are individuals such as Mr. Linford the founder of TeaSterl NPO who goes an extra mile with limited resource to bring change in forgotten communities.
TeaSterl is a teacher and rural learner oriented NPO specializing in teacher professional development and rural learner support programs. The rural learners program aims at inspiring geographically isolated learners by creating in-depth career exhibitions in annual camps.
These camps entail:
Due to lack of funds, 2018