Since starting Penguin Tutoring in 2005, it’s always been my primary passion to see children inspired by education. Particularly those that have a very bleak outlook on future prospects. I’m very proud to have been able to facilitate a weeks worth of learning for 90 scholars during June. It would not have been possible without funding and involvement from a big corporate that wants to stay low key, Sonia from I am Changing the World and the team and tutors at Penguin Tutoring.
The week comprised of lessons on Life Skills, maths and accounting tutoring and time to chat to the tutors and staff involved about their path through high school and into university. It’s amazing what we take for granted. For the majority of these kids, their biggest worry in life is where they will be getting food and warmth from over the next week. Their passion to learn and take advantage of an opportunity to revise work they were not comfortable with was quite incredible. If I think back to high school, the turn out at a winter school would be shocking. But for these young learners, by the end of the week they were begging for more lessons, and were happy to have them happen even on Sundays.
Sadly, the quality of education that these learners has been exposed to, in conjunction with educational support of their parents and teachers comes off a very low base. The class average in grades 10 to 12 for maths and accounting sits between 25 and 30%. So a few days of intensive tutoring and guidance is great, but in the bigger scheme, helps very little. The worry for me is that it is going to take interventions of mammoth proportions to solve these issues.
How do you think we can get this right?