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build new schools.

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Thanks to the support of donors, Friends of Starting Chance and partners, in 2020/21 Starting Chance supported 30 educares through lockdown and beyond, trained 160 teachers, introduced a new CALM curriculum, provided educational packs to 30 schools and gave approximately 1 750 children a starting chance on their educational journey and will deliver two new schools by mid-August 2021.

Donation value

What is my donation worth?

R100 will pay for a Training Teachers in Townships (TTinT) workshop pack?

Each month we run open workshops for up to 30 schools on key ECD skills and topics. The 3 hour workshops are run on a Saturday morning. We cover topics like creative art, storytelling, music and movement. We consistently have between 50 and 80 teachers attending. We need to buy materials and refreshments for each workshop. The feedback from these workshops has been excellent – a teacher can come on a Saturday morning and implement the ideas in her classroom on Monday.

R390 will pay for a TTinT follow-up visit?

Schools that regularly participate in our open workshops and register to attend all 8, get the benefit of a visit from the Starting Chance field worker to support and help them implement the training. These visits are really valuable as they aid the principal with her staff and elevate the level of education in the schools.

R500 will pay for a TTinT take-away pack?

Most of the shack/poor schools that attend our Saturday workshops have very little or no equipment in their schools. They cannot afford to buy equipment or games and educational play items. We like to give each school a take away pack linked to the workshop they have been on so that when they go to school on Monday, they have something to work with. We normally have 25-30 schools participating.

R780 will pay for an in-service fieldworker visit?

Research has shown that teachers are more likely to retain and implement training if they do it themselves with support from an expert on the ground. Our field workers visit each of our schools and spend time role modelling best practice, supporting and mentoring the teachers. Our schools really value these visits and our field workers are in high demand. They normally spend 4 hours in the school from 8.30 – 12.30.

R2 980 will pay for a Café Together

The Starting Chance “shop” operates from the Starting Chance Resource Centre and has become an asset that is highly valued by principals and teachers. Café Together once a month allows this busy community of teachers to catch up with one another. Different teachers are specially invited each month to come along to share best practices and lessons learned with their colleagues. Best practice is rewarded with vouchers that the teachers can exchange for educational equipment for their classroom.
It is the highlight of the month – it is such fun to see teachers arriving with big smiles, shopping lists and bags. It encourages healthy competition, builds team spirit and most importantly has helped to improve the standard of teaching across all our schools.

R5 180 will pay for a Professional Development workshop?

Starting Chance is committed to the upskilling of the teachers and principals of the 30 schools that we support. 3 times a year we run a 4 hour professional development workshop for our principals. These workshops are practical and interactive and aim to support key areas of management in the ECD sector. We cover topics like governance and how to set it up in your school, budgets and financial record keeping, fund raising techniques and ideas 

R9 555 will pay for a month of Fieldworker Teacher Training

Bringing early childhood education into townships means transforming “care centres” in to effective pre-school learning environments. Most of the teachers we work with do not have formal training and many lack more than a basic education – but these amazing people do have passion for children and a desire to better themselves.

Conventional theory-based training courses provided in tertiary colleges have limited success in practice. To overcome this Starting Chance provides experienced field workers to give one-on-one in-service training and coaching by role modelling best practice in the classroom. Monitoring and evaluation by highly experienced, independent assessors has shown that effective skills transfer is taking place and teaching is improving. Feedback from teachers trained in the Starting Chance programme underpins that field worker visits are imperative to success. We have also observed that as confidence grows, self-efficacy comes too, creating a lasting desire to continue to improve performance and self-development.

EFT to our bank account

First National Bank
Current Account 625 728 02504
Hout Bay Branch (Universal Code 250655)

This is generally the most cost-effective option for us. Kindly reference your donation with your name.

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Donors outside South Africa

US and UK Taxpayers

Recommended for US citizens as you will receive a tax-deductible receipt, and for taxpayers in the UK as by using this service, we will benefit from the Gift Aid scheme.

Other Donors

Currencies Direct provides an online fund transfer service which is
particularly cost-effective and efficient, especially for UK and EU
Note that this option does not qualify for any tax benefits for donor or Starting Chance.

SWIFT international fund transfer

Mercantile Bank
Account 4000594710
Branch/Sort Code 450905
Address: 142 West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196

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