AdeAvelaNanti Content BannerEarning her place as one of 16 student teachers going to the USA on a one-month teaching exchange, Avela is flying the education flag for South Africa’s future.

Great opportunities abound for intern teachers like Ade Avela Nanti at Thandulwazi Maths & Science Academy, where MySchool funds are helping train budding teachers for the future. The mentored teacher training programme is focused on building capacity across different educational phases, and subjects facing critical shortages. One of 16 student teachers chosen for a one-month teaching exchange in the USA, Avela is making the most of this exciting professional development opportunity.

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‘Avela is over the moon as she has never travelled outside of South Africa before,’ says Thandulwazi Intern Director, Thobeka Mngambi. From Johannesburg south (Lawley Ext 2), Avela matriculated from South View High School in Lenasia South. In 2016, she joined the Thandulwazi Intern-Teacher Training Programme and is set to graduate as a teacher in December 2018.

Organised by Teach with Africa in partnership with the Global Teachers Institute, Avela had to apply for the exchange programme in 2017, and submit a video about an unusual teaching project that she had initiated. 

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‘Given the fierce competition for places on this programme, we are thrilled that Avela’s application was successful,’ says Bev Johnson, Deputy Head of Advancement at St Stithians College. ‘This exchange programme will give Avela the opportunity to teach Grade 6 students at the Hamlin School in San Francisco. The experience will expose her to a variety of different teaching methods, allow her to engage with educators in the USA, visit partner schools and universities, as well as participate in Teach with Africa activities and events, where she’ll represent the Thandulwazi Intern-Teacher Training Programme, St Stithians College and her country.’ 

While in California, Avela will be required to conduct action-based research on a topic of her choice and interest. With her fellow Interns, Avela will present her research findings to her host school in the USA, and when she returns, she’ll report back to the Thandulwazi Maths & Science Academy and at the Axis Education Summit in July 2018.

Teach with Africa generously covers the full costs of this exchange including: visas, travel insurance, air fares, a cell-phone allowance in the USA, a weekly stipend while in the US, placement at a high performing school, placement at a host family, and all meals during her stay.