Learning from School Visits

Recently, whilst in Johannesburg, Rachel was able to visit two schools, both developing innovative models of education. Streetlight school, located in a community housing area, operates from the ground floor of a block of flats.  The school started in 2016 from a desire to provide quality education for the community. The school is currently for 5 to 7s. Parents pay minimal school fees making it affordable. Fundraising covers the shortfall in staffing and running costs. The SPARK group of sch...
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Education is a lifelong process

Education is not just the acquiring of knowledge and skills while you are in school or studying at university or college.  It is a lifelong process or journey. As adults, we learn through acquiring new knowledge and skills, trying out new experiences and challenging ourselves to overcome new things.  Recently Soul Action facilitated a workshop on developing phonological awareness with crèche teachers.  Previous workshops this year focused on some of the steps to phonological awareness: sound di...
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Reggio Emilia Conference

The ‘great forest installation’ at Africa’s Reggio Conference, was an invitation to create and share a vision of children's rights, to cultivate ecosystems that share ideas, information, resources. As we prepare to establish an affordable, excellent & integrated / transcultural school, Soul Action has been researching innovative models of education.  In June, Rachel had the privilege of attending a 3-day conference on the Reggio Approach to education.  The conference takes place annually ...
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Policy Development

The last few weeks have been incredibly fruitful, with a great deal of energy, time and thinking being spent developing policies and toolkits for the school. These include staff focused policies outlining procedures for recruitment and selection, processes for pay and performance management, and child focused policies considering learning needs, inclusion and admission procedures. A total of 19 policies have been written so far, nine of which have toolkits with all the necessary forms and templ...
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