Lithabaneng High school
PO Box 1134
Meet me Mosele Tsemane, a second year Chemical Engineering student reaching out. Around me, the crew that made my five days with them a blast.
Lithabaneng High School is located in my hometown. Since my childhood, I was always aware of the school's bad performance, but unfortunately I could not do anything about it back then. When Dr. Martina introduced this module, it dawned on me that finally, I can do something about the school's performance. Having realized that their major problem was with Maths and Chemistry, I decided to help with these problems two problems.
I approached Mr. Senekane; the Deputy Principal, about giving a hand, and he liked my idea. He arranged for a meeting between me and the teachers in charge of Maths and Chemistry. They also loved my project, and that was a sure sign that my project would thrive. By then, I was excited and could not stop fantasizing about the success of my project.
I was supposed to start on the 8th July 2012, at 09:00 A.M. I prepared a simple quiz on what was covered in both Chemistry and Maths. This was meant to help me spot the learners' weaknesses.
My first day commenced a bit late: Mr Senekane didn’t arrive in time and I couldn’t just start helping learners without being introduced. I started doubting that things will go well for this project. An hour later, when he arrived he introduced me to the class, at that time I was very nervous but the learners eased the feeling by paying attention to what I presented.
As we worked through the chemistry quiz I realised that most of them lacked confidence and basics. Only one guy in a khaki hat was confident! I had to come up with the solution! Working on the basics was not a big deal, but building their confidence, was something else!
The previous night as I thought of what I could do to build their confidence; I remembered a very crucial idea I learnt from the motivational group at school: the importance of believing in you;. So today before we starting with the academics I made them aware of the big things they are potential of doing. I told them that being in model-C school does make them the worst students and it is about time they prove it. Slowly, I noticed the smiles on their faces and then I knew that we all in the good state to start the work.
From then almost everyone participated in the quiz. Most of them got the answers wrong and we corrected each other and we were all happy. We also discussed the importance of team work, and we implemented the idea the very same day. As we posed for the photo we all shouted: "together is success."
By now we are almost comfortable around each other and most students are able to answer and ask where they don’t understand. I realised that I had learned to be patient with the slow learners. I can now weigh their potentials, so I decided to put them in small groups. These groups consists of the bright ones few slow learners. This was to strengthen team work and it works like a charm!
OUR SMALL GROUPS BEFORE WORKING