I had the great opportunity to work nine months for Green Shoots as a volunteer. For me it was a great experience and it was an honour to work such a great team.
The staff at Green Shoots is very passionate about what they are doing. And I think they’ve found an effective way to have a huge impact where it’s desperately needed.
To be honest, in the beginning I was a bit sceptic. Coming from Switzerland I was used to the fact, that everything is well organized and structured. But I had my doubts about how things would be in South Africa, especially in schools and their computer labs.
I then was positively surprised when I saw the first class in a Green Shoots computer centre! Green Shoots actually created a class room atmosphere in those labs, where the learners can learn and interrogate with each other. Every learner can do their exercises in their own pace and the teacher can support them individually. The teacher does not have to worry about the computers because there is an assistant who is there to help, if help is needed. Since everything is marked by the computer, the teacher can see immediately witch questions most of the kids didn’t understand and discuss these problems later in class. The computer is not the main focus anymore; it is more a tool like a notebook or a blackboard to assist the teacher and the learners so that they actually can achieve in maths.
Since all kids are doing their maths exercise on the Green Shoots Maths program, Green Shoots can actually track every single learner and can analyse the learning improvement of every single one.
I could support Green Shoots in different ways. Back in Switzerland I was working for several years in the R & D Department in a Swiss company, through that I was able to help them to implement some project management structures. I was also able to help them with the data processing and could develop a data analysis tool for them.
It was a very interesting time for me and I could also learn a lot myself. The thing that impressed me the most was the mind set of all those people working for Green Shoots. It’s not about making the big money or building up their influence. It’s about people! Their aim is to provide every child with quality education and they’re doing it with great passion, energy, endurance and their whole heart.
Last but not least I want to take the opportunity to say THANK YOU!
Thanks to all at Green Shoots for having me at the office and in the schools. It’s been such a huge blessing to me to be able to work with you guys, learn from you and just spending time with you! You’re such a great team and I will definitely miss you! Keep on doing the great work! You’re awesome, guys!