September 2023.

To enhance the quality of education across three primary schools, within the Gamagara area, a learning readiness programme has been implemented, designed to help Foundation Phase learners develop proficiency in key subjects. This NeuroNet Learning Programme has also empowered seven community members with valuable skills and work experience, enhancing their employability.

Funded by REISA Solar, in collaboration with ‘Siyawela -Ready To Succeed’, the implementing partners, the programme is centred around essential reading, mathematics, and handwriting skills, and utilises movement-based learning techniques rooted in neuroscience research. The programme offers a comprehensive range of curricula catering from pre-school to Grade 4, structured across eight levels, each comprising 20 sessions.

“Since the programme’s initiation, remarkable strides have been observed in learners’ proficiency. An initial struggle with basic movements has transformed into marked improvements in movement, phonics, counting, and action rhymes,” stated Paula Du Plooy, Executive Director of Siyawela – Ready To Succeed.

The seven community members were selected and trained by Siyawela to facilitate NeuroNet sessions for participating Grade R and Grade 1 learners. With constant support and mentoring from Siyawela, these sessions enable teachers to assess learners’ progress and identify areas requiring additional support.

Through NeuroNet Learning, learners and the community don’t only benefit from educational growth, but also from essential life skills, thereby shaping brighter futures.

“This programme is truly remarkable, and a huge push for our learners. It helps them develop important skills across various areas. It has not only enhanced learners’ conduct but has also instilled a greater sense of discipline. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to NeuroNet for their dedicated support and hard work towards our learners,” said Mr Vries, Principal at Noord-Kaap Primary School.

The three beneficiary schools form part of REISA’s overarching Ubuntu Schools Programme, namely Deben Primary, Maikaelelo Primary, and Noordkaap Primary schools.

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