TABSA driving education across South Africa
First Car Rental has been the official transport sponsor of Teachers Across Borders Southern Africa (TABSA) since 2010
TABSA is a non-profit, volunteer-based organisation dedicated to improving education standards in rural schools. The NPO invites some of America's top teachers to volunteer their time and resources in Southern Africa where they conduct intensive training workshops with local teachers.
Since the organisation was launched by Yunus Peer in 2001, it has provided skills training and mentoring to nearly 4 000 teachers in five South African provinces, having an impact on over one million South African schoolchildren.
First Car Rental continues to support the organisation in 2015, transporting the TABSA team across Southern Africa.
TABSA has been conducting workshops in rural communities in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Swaziland since June 2015.
Says TABSA teacher, Brad Uy, "During the 2015 workshops, the TABSA team trained teachers, and those local teachers in turn trained their colleagues during a part of our workshops. It was extremely gratifying to see how well the local teachers delivered; to see how freely they shared tools and ideas with each other; to see how they went beyond some of the things we showed them. It was elevating.
"All of the TABSA team members were so heartened by the wonderful collaboration that transpired. We left confidently knowing that the students were in good hands. But that was true, too, before we came, for these teachers are inspiring. The sacrifices they make are significant and worthy of admiration."
Below are some photos from their time in Southern Africa:
From left to right: First Car Rental's minibus at one of the rural schools TABSA visited; the TABSA team; TABSA Assistant Director, Thokozani, at Kamhlushwa Primary School, Mpumalanga.
From left to right: TABSA Maths teacher, Aviva, helping a learner from Lobamba National High School, Swaziland; TABSA Science teacher, Paul, at Kamhlushwa Primary School, Mpumalanga; and learners during a Maths lesson at Lobamba National High School, Swaziland.
From left to right: TABSA team member Andy teaching a science lesson at Lobamba National High School, Swaziland; TABSA founder and director, Yunus Peer, in front of one of the First Car Rental-sponsored vehicles; a local teacher during a teacher-training workshop at Kamhlushwa Primary School, Mpumalanga.