Proceedings of The 6th International Academic Conference on Teaching, Learning and Education
Addressing Teacher Challenges in South Africa: The Case of Jakes Gerwel Fellowship
Cephas Mutami, Julian Hewitt, Mmabatho Mokiti
Teachers in South Africa face a plethora of challenges such as low motivation, lack of leadership, innovation and requisite competencies to excel in an increasing competitive sector. This paper looks at a model of addressing teacher challenges in South Africa through a a philanthropy intervention to develop a pipeline of talent teachers to take up teaching, leadership and entrepreneurship in Schools. Early results of the model intervention indicate the successful selection and onboarding of highly competent young people who have accomplished high academic scores across different study fields for education. Early indications from the teacher induction programme have re-affirmed the model as fit for addressing teacher challenges and stimulating a wave of leadership and excellence in selected schools. Sustaining professional learning communities through continued teacher engagements will unlock the next wave of dedicated teachers and chant a new human development trajectory in South Africa.
keywords: Fellowship, newly qualified teacher, expert teacher, leadership, and entrepreneurship