The theme for this final term of the year has been “gratitude”. Gratitude that we get to wake up and do the important work that we do each day. Gratitude that our schools allow us to be a part of their staff and that we get to share in the success of their hard work. Gratitude for the deep and meaningful relationships that we have built with the schools we support through our weekly visits. Gratitude for the important role that our mentors have played in the lives of the teachers that they support.
This year has been challenging on many fronts. We have been faced with political uncertainty, unrest, violence and tragic deaths within our schools and within the broader communities that we serve. The need for the important support we provide is punctuated by these sobering moments. Our teachers have to deal with what their children bring in to the classrooms as a consequence of everything that they have been exposed to. They play the role of parents, counsellors and confidants to many of their children.
In order to cope with their role in these circumstances and to be their best selves our teachers also need support and guidance. Having a mentor to work alongside them is like a lifeline for many of them. During our recent prize giving ceremonies there was so much gratitude shown to our mentors from our teachers for the important role that they have played. Whilst challenges often seem insurmountable with guidance and support on a weekly basis we are seeing incremental and significant changes in the schools we support. Classroom practice has changed and learner results have improved.
Our mentors get a deep sense of satisfaction from watching their teachers come out of their shells, excel and begin to find joy in their teaching. It is in these moments that all of us at Edufundi feel that we are indeed living and breathing our motto and unlocking the potential of not only our learners, but our teachers and leaders too. As we end this year and move into 2019, it is my wish that all of us get the support we need to unlock our own hidden potential so that we can be our best selves and continue to contribute positively to those around us.
I want to express deep gratitude to my team in the field and who work with dedication and passion at the schools they support as well as our home office team who work behind the scenes to support them.
Thank you to our donors, friends and all our supporters who create the enabling conditions for us to do the important work we do. We wish you and your families all the very best over the festive season and a very blessed 2019.
Yours in education,