When we spoke to Njabulo this month, sadly most of the classes in his school had just had their power cables stolen. This obviously meant no electricity, so he was unable to use the Mwabu units to share with his classes as they need a projector. However, we were delighted to hear how the units continued to support Njabulo, as he adapted them to suit teaching with no power.
Today was not a good Monday! Vandals stole some power cables last week, and then nearly all the rest of this weekend. So I couldn’t use the projector in my classroom. However, I continued teaching my lessons without it.
I used the units to help me prepare the lesson and explain the CAPS objective to the learners. If I wanted to show the learners something on the tablet, I walked around the room. We then used the workbooks for activities.
I still used the teaching strategies I learned from training, such as partner talking and group work, even without the projector. This strategy works for me as sometimes the learners say yes, they understand, but they are still struggling - so if they talk with partners, their partners help them. We learned about how to use True or False cards in training to check learners’ understanding. I had already made these and them in my lessons, and I used them today too.'
Njabulo, you visited Johannesburg to meet the Mwabu team. How did you find this experience?
I went to Johannesburg with Mwabu to meet the product developers and the team. It was a great experience, I enjoyed telling my story - as well as telling them what could be improved!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am from the area where I teach now, KwaDukuza. I was actually a child at this school, St Christopher’s! I left and went to another school in the area, and when I finished matric, I went to the University of Technology in Durban. I studied marketing and graduated in 2005. I went to work in retail and stayed there five years. I left as I felt I wasn’t growing, and decided to train to be a teacher. I qualified in 2013 and have been teaching ever since. I prefer teaching to retail - I feel proud when I see the students leave for high school. I think, those are my learners. They come back and say hello to me as their old teacher once they have left, and I love that