Learner Education Support Tutor
Ntombozuko also known as Nohnahna 22-year-old from Phillippi. She has been with Beautiful Gate for the past 3 years. Ntombozuko started off as a life skills youth facilitator at the Phillippi container branch/site, during her time at the container/site she has built relationships with the youth who are now part of the academic support. With the Learner Education Support program she tutors Grade 6 and 7 supporting them with Mathematics and English.
It was a big change for her from being a life skills facilitator, facilitating youth to working with children. Ntombozuko says “I had to learn how to work with children who are in school as well as learning their subjects and how to engage with them”. Because reading skills are part of the tutoring, as a tutor you must read stories for children as well.
It’s a fun job says Ntombozuko because she went to the same primary school as the children and she is close with their teachers as well, in terms of support teachers are with her. She also facilitates dance for the children as an extra mural activity and ice breakers for them before class. One of her favorite quotes is “Be the change you want to be”
Ntombozuko wants to go back to school and study something related to children, either teaching or child psychology.
Thabo Mthambeka is the I.T guy and sport coach at age 25 years he manages to do both jobs at once. Thabo's mornings are always craze he says, its fixing people's computers and laptops. His whole team has about 60 children who are in the sport team and they are from Lower Crossroads. The boys come from different schools around Lower Crossroads. The sport had been placed on hold for a few months where Thabo had to focus on I.T a lot because our staff member number is growing.
Most children had to stop coming from Beautiful Gate to participate in soccer but with the dedication that Thabo has , he decided to call parents to bring kids back to the soccer club. Children couldn't cope with just academics, parents said. when the sport started the kids enjoyed after school classes more.
Thabo's concerns include the soccer team practice shoes and clothes because they also practice in winter, some children have no shoes to practice with and so they wear their school shoes or come to soccer practice bare foot. There isn't enough funding for extra mural activities and some activities which are organised by the learner education support programme are on voluntary. This doesn't stop the boys from scoring goals at all.
When Thabo is not fixing computers he spends his time grooming the boys, the boys play so well and they were taken to the Ajax Cape Town junior sports games and one of the boys got selected for the trials.
Christofel Cuba is A learner education support tutor at Beautiful Gate S.A and he is good with sales force. Chris also heads up the soccer team at the Philippi container where the Learner Education support site is. Chris just loves sports..
Here's what his day looks like at Beautiful Gate.
Around 6am. I check the weather immediately when I wake up, I cycle alone from home to Muizenberg beach which takes about 2 hours or at least 2 hours and a half. I come back quick to take a bathe and then cycle to work.
09h00: I get to work on my bicycle and first thing I do is coffee and then emails, I am a Sales Force “genius” if I may put it that way. I check Sales force and fix errors if there are any.
12h00: Prepare for class, actually I prepare what I need to do in class because we attend workshops with Wordworks and we learn a lot games and ideas on how to do literacy in class, so I use those ideas in my class as well. It’s a lot of preparation.
13h00: Its lunch time so I do not take lunch outside. I sit on my desk while eating.
14h00: I’m curious about Sales Force so I’m always checking what’s new or what can I learn every day.
14h30: I cycle to the container where I we do the after school programme. We don’t our programme in a school, so we have old containers where the children can do their homework after school and do extra mural activities.
15h00: At this time, I am in class and we check home works and do activities. If it’s not raining outside, we practice soccer.
16h30: The children prepare their snack which is a nutritious meal with fruit. Then we do the dishes and go home.
17h00: I stay behind with soccer boys and we have our meetings because I like to do checkups to hear about their class or day. Then I cycle home.
18h00: When I get home I take my dogs out for a walk then we come back and have supper.
Welcome to a window into the lives and issues facing children in the Crossroads community on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Most of these stories centre around the children and families we work with at Beautiful Gate South Africa, a Christian non-profit organisation whose mission is to show God's love as we care for and protect children, empower and preserve families and mobilise our community to do the same.