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Then and now…   Freddy Makgato, Vuleka School, North Riding
 

About Vuleka School

“Vuleka is a Zulu word which means “opening”.

Vuleka is also an independent school offering quality education to the previously disadvantaged children of South Africa. It is a Christian school located on the St Mark’s Anglican Church property and this is the school that opened the doors to my teaching career.

I qualified as a teacher in 1997 and struggled for 10 years to get employment, as my qualifications were not readily recognized. I was depressed and my life was falling apart. I prayed hard and never gave up on my dreams of becoming an educator.

It was indeed a miracle when I received a call to come to an interview at Vuleka. I will never forget that date. It was the 19th April 2007, when my life was drastically changed for the better if not the best. Vuleka took me in and offered me an opportunity of a lifetime. I would serve an internship in their Teacher Empowerment Programme for a period of 2 years.

During this time, I observed lessons in the classroom, helped with group work and assisted children with their reading. Later on, I was given some lessons to teach whilst being mentored by my colleagues. I will always be indebted to Vuleka for as long as I live. They not only provided me with the opportunity to teach but also the chance to develop my teaching abilities.”

Internship and working with Knowledge Network

“During my internship period, I was privileged to be sent on the Knowledge Network (ILAMM – Integrated Learning and Mentoring Methodology developed by Jil Hrdliczka in 1994) course. At that stage, I could only type my name on the computer. I really felt intimidated by having to attend and was not sure that I would do well. After a day or two of attending the course, I gained some confidence. My Knowledge Network instructor pushed me out of my comfort zone and encouraged me to do well.

I became more interested and practiced on the school computers every afternoon, that which I had been taught. My senior colleagues were supportive. They allowed me to present lessons under their guidance. In time, I became more confident and started helping other teachers who also did not have the necessary computer skills. We paired up and presented Knowledge Network lessons together.

I still do not believe that I am actually qualified to present computer lessons and help my colleagues with the Knowledge Network programme.”

My childhood life

“I was born in Germiston on the East Rand, where my mother worked as a domestic worker. I was taken to rural Limpopo to live with my granny at the age of 4, because my mother’s employers did not want her to live with her children on their property.

I started school at Bakane Primary School in a village called Ga-Matlala in Polokwane. When I was in Standard 2 (now Grade 4), my parents bought an empty stand in the township of Mahwelereng, near Potgietersrus, and built a shack for us to live in. They left for work in Gauteng and only came home once a month to visit my brother and I.

During this time, I attended Maaka-Maleka Primary School and proceeded to Ebenezer High School, where I matriculated. After matric I enrolled at Mokopane College to do my Teacher’s Diploma.

Growing up was extremely difficult, particularly with my parents being away at work. I had nothing but God on my side and with his grace was able to overcome the obstacles in life, ranging from studying by candlelight to attending school without shoes."

Today’s children

"Today’s children are really privileged, as the new dispensation has opened up doors. They can be whatever they want to be, provided they put their minds to it.

Opportunities are there for the taking. They have access to modern learning tools such as computers. In my opinion, computers should be used to teach all learning areas, as modern society requires people not only to be computer literate, but computer educated, as they are an intrinsic part of everyday life.

Research and the gathering of information becomes a simple process when using the computer and the Internet, and I feel learners should spend more time in the computer room doing just that."

My life is back on track

“My life at Vuleka is so much more than what I have related here. I have my dream career about which I am passionate. I have my dignity and confidence back and above all, I am now able to impart my skills to the learners as well as some of my colleagues.”

Freddy Makgato
Teacher - Grade 05 Class
Vuleka School – North Riding


 

2010 – Freddy Makgato is now the Grade 05 teacher at Vuleka School, North Riding. Freddy is leading the Vuleka Internship Programme. Freddy attends Knowledge Network ongoing training programmes and presents SP Level 01 to his Grade 05 class. Freddy is still assisting the other educators at Vuleka School, North Riding with their computer classes.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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