Country: South Africa
City: Johannesburg – Benoni
Johannesburg and surrounding towns like Benoni have the world’s best climate—mild, dry, and never humid, with incredible sunshine year-round. For those interested in culture and history, some must-see stops include the Apartheid Museum, Liliesleaf Farm, and the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Soweto. Nature and animal lovers can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and visit Joburg’s surroundings to see animals in their natural habitat at Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary, take a canopy tour in the Magaliesberg mountain range, or drive through Pilanesberg National Park to see the Big Five in their natural habitat. Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, and, as a result, people there are very welcoming to Americans. Benoni is one of the laid-back towns of Gauteng and is about a 35-minute drive from OR Tambo International Airport. It is surrounded by numerous attractive and tree-lined suburbs, and has a strong suburban character with access to all amenities and a wide range of restaurants.
Host Institution: Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance
Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance (MGSLG) is a non-profit organization (NPO) that is fully owned and funded by the Gauteng Department of Education, and serves as its training arm. The organization has an advisory board that reports directly to the Ministry of Education. MGSLG designs and develops various learning programs that respond to the needs of the stakeholders at the Ministry of Education head office, districts and schools. The organization’s main priority is to modernize the learning materials to suit a blended-learning environment. MGSLG has 2 campuses in Benoni and Vrededorp. The Fellow will be based at the Benoni campus.
- The Fellow will work in collaboration with English Curriculum Advisors in the Ministry of Education. He/she will train about 15 lead teachers and 17 English subject advisors as trainers to support teachers at the school level.
- The Fellow will provide professional development to teachers including maximizing technology such as interactive whiteboards for classroom instruction. The Fellow will also assist the host institution in instructional technology and e-learning initiative.
- The Fellow will design relevant English-language programs that will improve teaching techniques responding to the needs of the teachers.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Interact with English Access Microscholarship Program students and teachers in Gauteng and North West Provinces, acting as a cultural informant for students and facilitating workshops for Access instructors as needed.