Teach with Africa and LEAP in The New York Times


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Teach With Africa in The New York Times

The New York Times article “New Schools in South Africa Serve the Underserved,” by Celia W. Dugger, highlights the tremendous success that Teach With Africa and the LEAP Schools are helping to foster. Read the full article.


Yes, that’s us on the front page of The New York Times!

Today’s New York Times article “New Schools in South Africa Serve the Underserved”, by Celia W. Dugger, highlights the tremendous success that Teach with Africa and the LEAP Schools are helping to foster.

“As an organization, we’re delighted such a collaborative exchange of teaching and learning has been covered by the national media,” said Teach with Africa’s Executive Director Amy Schoew.

“It’s about improving access to quality education for all students. The work we do is only possible because of the passionate educators who volunteer to work abroad and our South African partners. The New York Times article is a testament to the reciprocal learning between Teach with Africa Fellows and the LEAP faculty. The true success stories are the South African students.”

Here’s an excerpt about Gcobani Mndini, a 17-year-old LEAP student, who was co-taught by a LEAP faculty member and Teach with Africa Fellow.

Gcobani’s first class of the day was his favorite. This is his third year taking science from Ross Hill, 31, the son an Anglican pastor and a high school biology teacher who knows the privileges he had growing up white in South Africa and feels a responsibility to help tilt the scales back.

When Gcobani first stepped into class as a 10th grader, Mr. Hill said he knew of the boy’s reputation and braced for a fight, but there was none. “He loves science,” Mr. Hill said.

On this particular morning, the class began with a dull, theoretical review of the photoelectric effect. The students seemed virtually comatose. Then the interplay between Mr. Hill and Jamie Brandt, a physics teacher from Marin County, Calif., woke everyone up.

Mr. Brandt, 36, a Teach With Africa volunteer, pantomimed the photoelectric effect in action, pretending to walk through a laser beam and getting the students to describe what happened when his body broke the current.

Mr. Hill then instructed the class to act out the photoelectric effect. The photon students bounced into a piece of zinc (a swaying clump of teenagers), causing the electrons (more students) to pop out.

“Come on, photons!” Mr. Hill exclaimed. “Just a gentle bump! A loving bump!”

A photon girl nudged the zinc students. The class howled with laughter, and Mr. Hill said, “Oh, sweet.”


Jamie Brandt, 2010 Teach with Africa Fellow, works with students at the LEAP Science and Maths School in Cape Town. Photo by Joao Silva for The New York Times.

Read the entire article about John Gilmour’s LEAP Schools and the partnership with TwA here…

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