On 7 September 2015, the Uthukela District in KwaZulu-Natal embarked on a youth development programme for 18 to 35 year old unemployed persons, using the Education Centres as the venue for the delivery of MIET AFRICA’s Learn to Earn programme.
Interest in Learn to Earn as a programme for unemployed youth grew during its implementation at Lokothwayo Secondary School, one of the Inclusive Education in Action programme schools in Uthukela.
The Centre Managers of the four centres in the district have teamed up to deliver the first session at the Mimosadale
Education Centre, just south of Estcourt. They started with a group of 24 participants, all of whom have Grade 12 certificates and live in the rural community around the centre.
MIET AFRICA supplied programme materials and trained the Centre Manager facilitators in programme delivery.
The Integrated Strategic Planning Framework for Teacher Education and Development (ISPFTED) launched in 2011 identifies the establishment of teacher Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as an important component in facilitating teacher development and in strengthening teacher professionalism to promote collective participation in professional activities for professional development.
Earlier this year, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) publishedProfessional Learning Communities – A guideline for South African schools, developed in partnership with the Flemish Development Agency (VVOB).
Aimed at Provincial and District officials and school-based educators, the practical and user-friendly guidelines contain invaluable information about setting up a PLC, including addressing the following:
• What are PLCs?
• Why should schools support PLCs?
• Key characteristics of PLCs
• Who is responsible for PLCs?
• Who are the key players in PLCs and what are their roles?