How is JES different from other types of schools?
We believe you cannot take a child out of a squatter camp and put him/ her in a squatter crèche. That child is special and we treat him/her as such. Visit us and put excellence to the test.
We are led by the needs of the child and each child gets one-on-one attention.
We do nothing for children which they can do for themselves. This teaches independence as well as taking responsibility for oneself, which will help in preventing abuse at home and in communities.
We teach children to measure their performance against themselves and not against others. No reward system is used to encourage children. Reward should come from the satisfaction of having grown as a unique individual, not from someone else patting one on the shoulder and saying well done.
The JES curriculum is based on Biblical principles.
The majority of JES teachers are unemployed people from within communities where schools are started. They need no previous training and after completing the ten-week JES training offered by Shiloh JES, they are fully equipped to teach. All teachers are sent to complete their level 4 or 5 at the Montessori-oriented Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch, after which we assist them to enrol for their Bed degree.
External resources like electricity, libraries, transport, and the internet are limited. However, no extra planning or preparation is required, since all equipment and information is included in the curriculum. The curriculum acts as a practical internet to both teachers and children. JES has a holistic approach addressing all facets of individuals when aiming to uplift and empower.
There is one teacher for every fifteen children per classroom.
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