Back to school for parents


Programme aims to give guardians skills to help children with homework

PUPILS of a Port Elizabeth northern areas school will not need to struggle with their school work for long and will soon be able to rely on their parents to help with their homework.

Volunteers, parents and residents of Booysen Park, where low formal education levels and unemployment are rife, will be part of a team overseen by Sapphire Road Primary School teachers that will develop a curriculum to get guardians to be able to help with pupils’ school work.

The group, called Ubunye (unity), will develop three learning pathways, each with a specific focus. The initiative is supported by the Global University of Lifelong Learning (Gull).

These include parenting tools and having the basic skills and knowledge to help pupils in Grades 1 to 3 (foundation phase) and Grades 4 to 6 (intermediate phase).

With education authorities calling for more parental involvement in children’s education, the programme will go a long way in fostering a more meaningful relationship between guardians and the school.

-Zandile Mbabela 

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