First Car Rental drives Teachers Across Borders

Teachers Across Borders

First Car Rental is the transport sponsor for the Teachers Across Borders Workshop taking place from 30 June to 5 July 2014 in KZN.

First Car Rental will be sponsoring 3 vehicles for the teachers attending the workshop.

Teachers Across Borders

Teachers at a previous workshop

Teachers Across Borders South Africa is a non-profit, volunteer-based organisation that works towards assisting teachers in their professional development.

By connecting experienced teachers from the United States with those working in rural communities in South Africa, who face everyday challenges that are often much greater than their colleagues from urban schools, the organisation strives to create innovative and inspiring educational workshops in which teachers can share what they have learned with each other, particularly in Mathematics and Physical Science subjects.

TABSA helps 3 500 teachers

Teachers Across Borders South Africa (TABSA) was founded in 2001 by Yunus Peer under the guidance of Kader Asmal, who was at the time the South African Education Minister. Mr Peer currently works at the Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii, which is the same school that US President Barack Obama attended during his early years growing up in Hawaii.

Teachers Across Borders

Science demonstration

Says Mr Peer, "In 13 years, 3 500 South African teachers have attended our workshops, directly benefiting more than a million South African students from rural schools.

"More than 100 US teachers have accompanied me to South Africa, most all are full time teachers who give up their summers to volunteer their time to work with their South African colleagues.

"We have also started a computer lab project in partnership with Cornell University. TABSA now has 8 computer labs in rural schools serving 4 000 students per year.

"We have also started a school uniform project for rural school students.

First Car Rental wishes TABSA all success.

Teachers Across Borders

A student uses one of the computers donated by TABSA.

The “Teachers Teaching Teachers” workshop programmes are designed to meet and exceed the standards of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS).

Most importantly, these interactive programmes are developed so as to train local teachers to eventually lead the workshops.

This year 312 South African teachers will be attending the workshop in the Umkhanyakude District, Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal.

Schools and teachers in this area are overwhelmed with migrant children from Mozambique and Swaziland. Attending teachers will receive a wealth of information in Physical Science and Mathematics subjects from 60 volunteer educators and subject advisors who are the best in their particular fields, as well as an offline CD containing a library of South African curriculum specific lessons.

First Car Rental applauds the teachers participating in this workshop and wishes TABSA all success.

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