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5 ways lifelong learning will benefit your personal success

 

 

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

 

 

 

Remember that through education anything is possible and you can achieve greatness when knowledge is at heart.

Here are 5 ways lifelong learning benefits your personal success:

  1. Building Confidence

Learning new skills is a beneficial way to improve your confidence level. At Eskilz College our courses include efficient ways to build an individual’s confidence. Join our courses and let us help you become a confident leader.

  1. Skillset Improvement

Keeping your skills and knowledge up-to-date benefits both your career and personal life. Through knowledge you create opportunities for yourself to become an expert in your respective field.

  1. Creating New Career Opportunities

Acquiring new skills will bring new opportunities, skills will never do you wrong when you have a passion for what you do. If you need help with finding your passion let us help you find a course that suits you.  An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

  1. Life Enrichment

Through learning you are enriching your life at various points. When taking classes you are more socially exposed and involved in activities which serve as a beneficial skill to acquire before entering the business world. People listen to people, if you can sell yourself, you can sell anything.

  1. Keeping In Touch With The World

Learning exercises the brain and keeps it active. Without knowledge you limit yourself from the rest of the world and restrict your horizon. When you gain access to a new field of knowledge you also gain access to a wider range of the world.

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. At Eskilz College we have a passion for empowering and uplifting individuals. We provide courses that benefit a wide range of individuals including those with disabilities. Our staff is trained and ready to be of assistance to you!

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South Africa’s Crumbling Education System

Why Have We Not Resolved The Educational Imbalance Yet?

 

 

 

For over 50 years Apartheid education was deliberately designed to privilege whites and disadvantage black South Africa. The South African education system still propagates the inequality of the Apartheid era, with 20 years into democracy South Africa is having one of the highest budgets spending on education in the world (20% GDP).

An essential element to understand is that history alone is not the only reason why South African’s education system is in a crisis. Listed below are a few challenges faced by South Africa’s education system and possible solutions to consider.

Challenges Faced:

  • Children are not acquiring the 3 basic R’s of education:

Reading

-WRiting

-ARithmetic’s

  • South African teachers have not acquired the basic academic and content knowledge competencies needed to educate the youth.
  • Educational resources are being used in a non- efficient manner with little or no accountability and transparency.

Possible Solutions to Tackle Challenges:

  • Focus on the 3 basic R’s of education should be implemented at an early stage of the schooling system.
  • Training should be acquired for the teachers within an institution. At Eskilz, we offer training courses, including skills development which will assist in this factor of education. Take a look at our website for further information about our courses and the benefits of them:
  • http://www.eskilz.co.za/?s=courses
  • A system of internal controls should be put in place to increase accountability, transparency of the leaning process and the use of resources towards education at all government levels and in the classroom.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”-  Nelson Mandela.

Education is such an important pillar towards South Africa’s development pathway because a proper education remains the only way to break the cycle of underdevelopment and poverty in South Africa.

A high standard of education has the potential to increase the employability or income generating capacity of South Africa’s majority poor and thereby enabling them to be employed and have a positive impact on South Africa’s educational and economic state.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of taking a gap year

After 18 years in a classroom, you might be ready for a break. Taking a gap year between high school and college gives you an opportunity to recharge your batteries, whether you work, volunteer, or travel the globe, taking time away from school could give you a fresh sense of purpose.

Of course, there are also gap year disadvantages you should know about. Before committing, make sure to consider all the gap year pros and cons.

Advantage: It’ll make your CV look pretty snazzy

A gap year can provide a person with valuable new skills that any employer will be impressed by. Cultural awareness, organization, and an ability to work independently are just some of the skills that are gained by taking a year out.

Disadvantage: You’ll be a year behind

This can be a tough one for many people. They wave as their friends all trek to college and start their new lives and they are left behind. They can’t start their new adventure yet because they don’t have the cash. This is easily offset by working hard and saving cash quickly in order to jet off as soon as possible.

Advantage: You’ll meet new people

On a gap year it’s impossible not to meet new people. Throughout school and college we are surrounded by the same people but taking a gap year allows us to discover others, make new friends, and interact with people from all walks of life.

Disadvantage: You’ll be homesick

It’s something that hits most of us at some point. Whether you’re missing family, friends or simply home comforts, you may find yourself wondering why you chose a life on the road (if you chose to travel for your gap year). But fear not! The joy of travel is that there is always somebody to meet and something to do. Power through and you’ll be glad you did.

Advantage: You’ll have tons of stories

After spending a year away, the stories will mount up; these can be great conversation starters in the interview room, at parties or, simply just to look back on and remember.

Disadvantage: It’s a risk

Sure, it is! But where do we get in life if we aren’t willing to take risks? This is what makes a gap year so exciting; not knowing what to expect is all part of the adventure. The key is to take care and travel with common sense. Fun fact: I’ve yet to meet a gap year traveler or career breaker who “regretted” their decision to hit the road.

Advantage: It’s a long escape from the daily grind

A gap year, for most people, is the period of non-traditional life that you’ll ever have. It is often a once in a lifetime experience and the chance to escape the daily grind. However, if planned right, it will also be an educational opportunity of growth and other benefits and not just a “vacation” or year off. A gap year should be a year on.

 Disadvantage: It can be expensive

This depends on the destination and the duration of the trip but, chances are, when taking a gap year, you’re going to spend quite a bit of cash. The best way to fund a gap year is to work and travel at the same time. It’s also a good idea to plan trips independently as this will cut costs dramatically – for the first-time traveler this may be a little difficult and paying extra for the help of someone to do it for you might be a good idea.

 

 

 

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Learnerships vs Internships

It is paramount to know the difference between a Learnership and an Internship. Many people, not only confuse the two, but also confuse a bursary with a learnership. The reason why it is essential to know the difference between the two is due the fact that you will be able to apply for the correct thing based on your knowledge or highest qualification, whether it be a grade 12 certificate or a degree.

Here is the difference between the two:

A Learnership offers training in a specific field while earning money simultaneously and is primarily for people with matric as their highest qualification. You should be awarded a certificate after completion of a learnership which indicates your level of achievement. You will then be able to look for a job or further your education in that specific field.

An Internship is an opportunity for people with a degree or diploma to gain practical experience in a possible place of employment or in their field of study. Interns are employed at a company for a limited amount of time which lasts from one week to 12 months. Most times, an internship is required during your study course in order to complete your qualification. Just as with a Learnership, you also get paid during an Internship.

Basically, a Learnership is better suited for someone with a grade 12 as their highest education, while an internship benefits someone who is actively completing their degree or diploma and an apprenticeship is a 3-4-year labour programme that trains you in a very specific trade.

For learnership opportunities, contact Eskilz College admin@eskilz.co.za 0100300080.

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Why you need to choose relevant courses

Choosing a career is all about passion, your passion for your course, and for your future career. Because the secret to happiness is being able to love whatever it is you do in life.

And what does this all have to do with choosing the right course for you? It all starts here. Find the right course, at the right university or college, and you will be inspired to succeed.

So how do you make the right choice? Check our Top 5 tips on choosing your course for the lowdown on getting where you want to be – faster.

Top tip #1: Why?

The most important consideration when choosing your course is asking yourself why you are looking to study.

Do you want to further your career by extending your skill set? If this is the case you should choose a course in a subject that is a natural progression of your existing skills and qualifications. If the aim is to progress further with your current employer selecting a course that is relevant to your work is recommended. Discussing study options with your peers, colleagues or employer can help to determine what qualification will help with your career.

Are you looking to diversify your knowledge or change career path completely? Studying may be necessary if you are looking to change careers. If this is your motivation for studying it is important that you consider what career you wish to pursue.  Studying can be expensive, so be sure to fully research any prospective career.

In summary:

Think about your existing experience and skill set.

Consider prospective careers and employment opportunities.

Think about what subjects interest you.

Talk to your employer, colleagues or peers about which courses are relevant and may improve your career.

Top tip #2: What are you really interested in?

It’s really important to think about what you are interested in, and what course you want to study. Is it because you can see your exciting, glittering career ahead? Or is it because it’s what your parents want? By questioning yourself now, you can work out the exact path you want your course to take you on.

Top tip #3: Take a reality check

Now that you have found your dream, let’s just stop a minute and make sure it’s realistic. Can you afford transport, tuition and cost of living? Do you need to have certain qualifications first – English language proficiency? Don’t get discouraged – a bridging program may be all you need to cross those hurdles. If this really is your passion, prove it in your scholarship application and you may get some financial help.

This is also the point where you need to realistically think about how long you want to study for. To help you decide here are some example study durations for full-time study:

Postgraduate Certificate – 6 months

Undergraduate Degree – 3 years

MA – 1 year

PhD – 4 years

Top tip #4: Do your homework

You need to narrow down all your options to about five real, practical choices. That takes a lot of research. Read student blogs to see what it’s really like. Glossy prospectuses don’t always tell you the full story, so talk to people you know who have studied in that city or town about what it’s really like.

Top tip #5: What’s important to you?

While you are researching, you’ll come up with all kinds of different criteria to judge a university/college or course by. So, make a shortlist of the top three features you’re looking for. These could be school ranking or prestige, research facilities, practical experience and internships, cost of tuition, student support services, safety, social life, chance to travel… there are so many variables, and what’s right for you may be completely wrong for someone else.

Don’t spend the next five years of your life staring at textbooks you have no interest in whatsoever. Remember, it’s all about your passion – keep the excitement alive, and you will succeed!.

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Becoming a teacher in South Africa

The South African classroom is like no classroom you’ll find in any other school anywhere in the world. Perhaps I am a little biased, but as a result of extenuating circumstances, most of which are not particularly pleasant, you’ll find special children who are most appreciative of dynamic and motivated teachers in nearly any classroom in South Africa. Therefore, the kind of teachers who really want to be there, who want to inspire, and who want to make a difference make the best teachers in South Africa.

Things to know before teaching

On a daily basis, the things you say and do during your career as a teacher will undeniably leave a lasting impression on at least one of your students. Between your positive energy and unique motivation (because, let’s be honest, these are the traits of anyone who chooses to become a teacher), you will be inspiring young people, instilling in them the confidence and a belief that they can be or do anything they want to. This is a noble and valiant purpose that you should always keep in the forefront of your mind as a teacher in South Africa, or anywhere for that matter.

No matter the challenges you face in the classroom, teaching truly leaves a positive impact on your students, their families, and their future.

South Africa is a country of dramatic change and optimism, and these notions are clearly reflected in the schools and their children. The schooling system in South Africa is extremely diverse, with prominent and expensive private schools on one end of the spectrum and run-down, understaffed, poorly resourced schools on the other. There is a demand for volunteer teachers and assistants to help students at the latter schools in particular, which tend to be located in South Africa’s townships and rural communities that face an array of different challenges. Therefore, every teacher should know the following things before they consider getting into the career:

1. Educational resources (including teachers) is limited, especially in public schools. Don’t expect a treasure trove of crayons and markers to greet you in your classroom. The student per teacher ratio is generally much higher than any teacher would hope for; with overwhelming numbers, like 45 to 60 students to one teacher, it is easy for students with difficulty reading and writing to not receive the attention they need to progress.

3. Students come from different backgrounds, both cultural and educational.

South Africa is a melting pot of different people and cultures, and it is this fact that makes it such an exciting place to teach.

4. Cherish the relationships you build within the community.

The community respect and appreciate teachers and professionals who give tirelessly to help improve the conditions of their communities and give their children a better education.

5. …and, most importantly, the work will be incredibly rewarding.

Despite the daily challenges of being a teacher in South Africa, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. The light bulb moments, when you start to see the results of all your hours of hard work, will be worth it. When students start to understand the lessons you’ve been teaching, you’ll realize how much you’ve really taught them.

 But even more than the academic achievements will be the personal ones; the relationships formed, the bonds created, the mutual respect shared, and the moments of gratitude and appreciation, or the way faces light up when you walk into a room. When you start to recognise the difference you are making in the lives of these incredible little people, those are the moments you’ll treasure and the faces you’ll remember long after you’ve retired.

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South African school history- Leveling the playing field

Patterns of neglect, established in the 19th century when formal schooling was introduced in South Africa, persist.

South Africa’s history of segregation has left its footprints in many places. Take the case of semirural Franschhoek in Western Cape. In one part of the town, which draws tourists from around the world to enjoy award-winning wine and food, is a private school that boasts excellent sports facilities.

There’s an indoor sports gymnasium where tennis, hockey, netball and soccer are played. There are two swimming pools — one for beginners who are just learning and one for water polo and senior swimming. Elsewhere on the school campus are six tennis courts and two cricket ovals with turf wickets. New sports fields, including two more cricket ovals, are being developed.

A few kilometres up the road is a public school that caters for pupils from an informal settlement. It has no sporting facilities.

This scenario is repeated across South Africa; a modern echo of the country’s history of racial segregation. Patterns of neglect, established in the 19th century when formal schooling was introduced in South Africa, persist.

An understanding of and reckoning with segregation history is important in coming to grips with the current state of poor school sports provision in black and coloured communities. South Africa will not address the great inequalities that still exist in school sport if it keeps ignoring history.This exclusion stretched across sporting disciplines.

The mission years

Formal schooling was introduced in South Africa during the 19th century. Black pupils were largely educated at mission schools run by a wide range of denominations.

Most mission schools had no decent sporting facilities. They practised and played sport separately from white organisations and schools. For instance, when the Western Province Rugby Football Union created the Junior Challenge Shield League in 1898, the competition was open only to learners of “European extraction” — that is, white.

This exclusion stretched across sporting disciplines. When the Good Hope Education Department organised the Physical Training Coronation Competition in 1902 at the Green Point Track, a separate division was organised for “coloured” or mission schools. The winner of the 1902 Coronation competition in the Mission School division was the St Cyprian’s School in Ndabeni Location.

This location, as living areas for black Africans were called, was established for families who were forcibly removed from District Six in Cape Town in 1901. The school was a zinc structure with no playing facilities.

In 1928 mission schools set up the Central School Sports Union. Its first athletic meeting was held at the Mowbray sports ground, the home ground of the City and Suburban Rugby Union. Newspapers from the time, which I’ve studied, reported that the grass was knee high. This situation existed by design: the South African Institute of Race Relations reported regularly on how much more money was spent to provide sporting facilities for white schools.

At a national level, the first inter-varsity athletic meeting was held in 1921 at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg between the Transvaal University College (later Pretoria University), Grey University College (later Free State University) and the Johannesburg University College. These were all-white colleges in the northern parts of the country. When institutions from southern regions were included the following year, black colleges were excluded.

These black colleges established the Ciskei Bantu Amateur Athletic Association in Eastern Cape under the auspices of the South African Bantu Amateur Athletic Association.

Apartheid legislation closed the Mowbray sports ground, leaving the Central School Sports Union without a place to play.

Apartheid school sport

Then came formal apartheid, and the situation worsened.

During the 1950s and the decades that followed, the education department wouldn’t provide black and coloured schools with decent facilities like rugby fields or athletics tracks. This was because, according to the influx control laws, Africans could not obtain permanent residence in cities. Why, apartheid authorities reasoned, spend money on people who legally weren’t allowed in certain areas?

The colleges playing in the Ciskei Bantu Amateur Athletic Association, meanwhile, received no support for sporting facilities, while the nearby prestigious St Andrew’s College and Rhodes University benefitted from excellent fields and tracks.

Apartheid legislation closed the Mowbray sports ground, leaving the Central School Sports Union without a place to play. A whites-only school was built on the facility. The sporting part of this lost facility is largely unknown; no commemoration plaque, for instance, exists to mark its history. Another example of history forgotten and heritage ignored.

For real change to start happening, it’s important for administrators, school authorities, parents and pupils to look to and understand the imbalances of history – and start working to set them right.

Few shifts after democracy

With the arrival of democracy in 1994 some organisations dedicated to championing non-racial school sport, like the Western Province Senior Schools’ Sports Union, closed their doors. But while desegregation in school sports was introduced in theory, the reality was rather different.

Many historically white schools appear reluctant to compete with township schools in mass competitions. They continue to hold closed interschool derbies and athletic meetings catering for other similarly resourced schools on their well-maintained sports fields.

But ironically, former whites-only schools have realised the potential of black and coloured pupils to shine on the sports field. A cursory overview of the senior national rugby and cricket teams in 2018 shows that more than 90 percent of black and coloured players attended historically white schools. Such players were often “poached” from township schools with scholarships and bursaries.

This “poaching” has benefitted individual players, but it’s happened at the expense of township schools.

Addressing history

The colonial and apartheid education project still echo in South Africa’s post-1994 school system. For real change to start happening, it’s important for administrators, school authorities, parents and pupils to look to and understand the imbalances of history — and start working to set them right..

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Violence in SA schools

Teachers don’t just leave their jobs because of low pay and retirement, new research shows. Their perceptions of a broken education system also contribute. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the fact that 151 pupils have been expelled for bad behaviour since last January is embarrassing and shows that society needs to introspect. Thirty-one of those pupils have been expelled for offences, including the assaulting of teachers or classmates.

In some instances, at schools in Gauteng and Limpopo, pupils are excluded for serious cases, including attempted murder and stabbing. Lesufi says these matters are serious. He says the education system is losing good teachers because of this.

studies show that not only is our education system in a crisis from a shortage of teachers, but year after year, a huge number of highly experienced teachers leave their profession to search for greener pastures.

In 2013, studies revealed that the education system needs between 25 000 and 30 000 teachers every year, yet the higher education and training system produced between 6 000 and 8 000 a year, with about 10 000 in a good year.

‘‘Teachers are leaving largely because oppressive policies and practices are affecting their working conditions and beliefs about themselves and education.” Said Alyssa Hadley Dunn.

Violence and the indiscipline of pupils in schools are under-reported but violence is a reflection of South African society generally.

This is the reaction of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA (Naptosa).

Recently a video showing a pupil throwing what appears to be an exercise book at a teacher in the classroom went viral on social media and other platforms. In the video the teacher walks out of the classroom and appears to make a phone call.

The Gauteng education department announced that disciplinary process has been initiated against the pupil.

Pupils slap, stab, threaten and throw chairs at teachers. Bullying at schools is moving from the playground to the classroom, where teachers are now being targeted.

Many teachers say pupils are increasingly abusing them. Reports of teachers being assaulted by learners in schools have increased since 2014.

 

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#homework must fall

New wave of thinking

South African schools are latching on to a new wave of thinking in schools that sees the removal of homework for students, much to the relief of many pupils and their often-stressed and frazzled parents. There are many strong opposing opinions.

The policy is based on the Finland Phenomenon, which takes a fresh look at the way pupils are taught and how the overall school system is managed.

There are a few schools in South Africa, Like Sun Valley High in Cape Town, that have already implemented this ”no homework” policy and considers themselves as forward thinkers and progressive school.

 

 

This phenomenon is supported by the balance between academic time and family time. The KZN Department of Education has said the no-homework policy could be something it might consider.

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Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education By 2028

Technology is changing at a rapid pace, so much so that it’s challenging to grasp.

While there is little uniformity in technology, there are some trends worth noting that have spurred tangent innovation, including speed size and connectivity.

In 2018, technology has become not just a tool, but a standard and matter of credibility. While learning by no means requires technology, to design learning without technology is an exercise in spite—proving a point at the cost of potential. And it’s difficult to forget how new this is.

What happens to technology in the next 3 years may not simply impact learning in a typical cause-effect relationship. Rather, it might be the case that one absorbs the other, where information access, socializing ideas, and creative collaboration may be organic and completely invisible.

2018

Technology to promote early literacy habits is seeded by venture capitalists. This is the start of new government programs that start farming out literacy and educational programs to start-ups, entrepreneurs, app developers, and other private sector innovators.

Digital literacy begins to outpace academic literacy in some fringe classrooms.

Custom multimedia content is available as the private sectors create custom iTunes U courses, YouTube channels, and other holding areas for content that accurately responds to learner needs.

Improved tools for measuring text complexity emerge, available through the camera feature of a mobile device, among other possibilities.

Open Source learning models will grow faster than those closed, serving as a hotbed for innovation in learning.

Purely academic standards, such as the Common Core movement in the United States, will begin to decline. As educators seek curriculum based not on content, but on the ability to interact, self-direct, and learn, institutionally-centered artifacts of old-age academia will lose credibility.

Visual data will replace numerical data as schools struggle to communicate learning results to disenfranchised family and community members.

2020

Cloud-Based Education will be the rule, not the exception. This will start simply, with better aggregation of student metrics, more efficient data sharing, and more visual assessment results.

Seamless peer-to-peer and school-to-school collaboration begins to appear in some districts.

Schools function as think-tanks to address local and global challenges such as clean water, broadband access, human trafficking, and religious intolerance.

Diverse learning forms begin to supplement school—both inside , including entrepreneurial learning, invisible learning, question-based learning, and open source learning.

Self-Directed Learning studios and other alternative methods of formal education for families.

2024

“Culture” will no longer be “integrated into units,” but embedded into social learning experiences, including poverty, race, language, and other trademarks of what it means to be human.

Dialogic learning through digital media will have learners responding to peers, mentors, families, and experts in a socially-embraced collaborative pattern.

Learning simulations begin to replace teachers in some eLearning-based learning environments.

Truly mobile learning will support not just moving from one side of the classroom to another, but from a learning studio to a community, whether physically or through a Google+ or Skype-like technology.

Personalized learning algorithms will be the de facto standard in schools that continue the traditional academic learning approach.

The daily transition from eLearning and face-to-face learning will more elegant, but still a challenge for many districts and states, especially those with considerable economic deficits. Among other changes, this will create minor “migratory ripples” as families move in response to educational disparity.

2028

Biometrics—the feedback of biological responses including sweat gland stimulation, heart rate, eye position, and other data–will provide real-time learning feedback not just for educators, but for-profit organizations for the purpose of analytics, market research, and ultimately consumerism.

Learning simulations begin to replace teachers, and some schools.

Diverse learning forms begin to replace school just as the old-model of content–>curriculum–>data–>personalized academic learning is honed to perfection..