first_imgStacey Brewer is adopting America’s charter school model for the new private schools she is establishing. Ryan Harrison is co-founder of EAdvance as well as director of technology. (Images: EAdvance) MEDIA CONTACTS • Stacey Brewer  CEO, EAdvance RELATED ARTICLES • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Three SA schools among world’s best • Educated Africans teach SA children • South Africa prioritises quality education • Teacher laptops to enhance educationShamin ChibbaPrivate schooling in South Africa has always been expensive and therefore inaccessible to the majority of the population.However, two MBA graduates from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) at the University of Pretoria have come up with an innovative way of providing quality private education to pupils from lower and middle income households.Stacey Brewer and Ryan Harrison have established EAdvance, a chain of schools that will look to combine traditional face-to-face teaching with technology in the classroom, while cutting operational costs in the process.A pilot school is expected to open in Johannesburg’s Cosmo City in 2013, which will allow 256 pupils from grades R to two to benefit from high quality education at reduced fees. At full capacity and at an estimated construction cost of R4.9-million (US$584 830), the eight-classroom school will accommodate up to 768 children.While doing her MBA thesis on sustainable financial models for low fee private schools in South Africa, Brewer, who is also the CEO, came up with the model that is now EAdvance.She believes that as a young South African who wants to live in the country for the rest of her life, she needs to use her knowledge to tackle the poor state of education.“It’s a simple case of not waiting for others to take action,” she said. “If we do not do it, who will?”It was during her research that she discovered that private schooling was either too expensive or the quality left room for improvement. In search of an answer, she spent time in India and the US exploring different education models.It was in the US that Brewer identified the blended learning model of the charter schools, which combines the use of technology with teaching.Adopting the US charter school systemCharter schools are publicly funded and privately run institutions. According to Brewer, they are known to be innovative in that they integrate technology in the classroom instead of merely adding it on, like South African schools tend to do.She added that the schools accelerate the learning process and allow for individualised learning.A typical pupil in this school may spend 75% of the day in a traditional classroom followed by a further 25% in computer aided learning.“This allows for real-time feedback and swift teacher intervention,” said Brewer.Cutting out the middle manBefore establishing EAdvance, Brewer worked as a project manager at the Fifa headquarters during both the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 Football World Cup. It was her thesis, however, that compelled her to shift her focus to improving education in South Africa.She believes that in order to live in a prosperous country, South Africans need to improve the quality of education for children from low income communities. This will subsequently transform the low esteem the country has of its education system.Asked how EAdvance would tackle the affordability aspect, Brewer said the integrated technology will mean that one less teacher and classroom per grade is needed.“This is a saving of R360 000 (US$43 000) per grade, based on conservative figures,” she said.“We also have light administration at a schooling level and the way the company is structured allows for heavy cost burdens to be taken away from the school level.”According to Brewer, the model has taken out middle management so that there would only be a principal, an assistant principal, an academic dean and teachers.Getting parents involvedIn an interview with radio personality Bruce Whitfield on the GIBS website, Brewer said that the model is simple, and cuts the management of the school to its bare minimum.“A big focus is on parent involvement where we highly encourage parents to come 30 hours a year and take the administration away from the teachers in terms of tasks such as photocopying and just checking that homework is done,” said Brewer.Teach South Africa (Teach SA), an initiative that recruits and trains recent university graduates to teach in some of the country’s most disadvantaged schools, will also play a part in the growth of EAdvance.Brewer said the school will go through Teach SA to ensure that their schools have a strong pool of teachers.At the same time, constant professional development and coaching will ensure that teachers are uplifted and motivated.Part of the plan is to bring teachers from the US to help set up the institution and instil their culture of teaching as well.Accelerating the learning processThe point of EAdvance is not to change the curriculum, explained Brewer, and pupils would receive the same education as those attending schools within the traditional system. The difference is their innovative use of technology in the classroom.“We have just put the exercise book online to allow for individualised learning to accelerate the learning process for the pupil,” she said.Each class will have as many as 32 pupils and the institution will charge school fees of R1 000 ($120) per month for all grades, which translates into R12 000 ($1 440) annually. This is to make the school self-sufficient with no donations or government subsidies needed.Brewer would like to establish a high school for EAdvance at a later stage, but is, for now, focusing on creating a strong foundation level that works.“High schools will be launched once the need arises for the pupils within our system,” she said.Besides the Cosmo City project, EAdvance is planning to open more schools in Johannesburg. This, Brewer said, allows teachers within the same region to more easily collaborate with each other.However, she is looking to add a further 63 schools throughout the country and to educate as many as 49 000 students through the project.Learning based on individual needsEAdvance has designed an online program that provides students with a learning experience based on their individual needs.As the company’s director of technology, Harrison said that the tools will be used to gather data which can be used to individualise the student’s learning. Before joining EAdvance, he was a business information analyst at the British Columbia Transmission Corporation in Canada.Brewer is of the opinion that all teachers must do is teach without having to be divert their attention from the their pupils to unnecessary admin tasks.“It is all about maximising the utilisation of our resources,” she said.EAdvance already has the support of former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. The feedback from the government so far has been positive, as both sides believe in sharing the best practices for the benefit of pupils.“We do not want to keep anything to ourselves. It is about the upliftment of all the schools,” Brewer said.* Slideshow image from Wikimedialast_img read more

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NBA: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s jersey next season Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The Scores:LYCEUM 75 – Perez 14, Nzeusseu 13, Jc. Marcelino 13, Caduyac 12, Ayaay 7, Baltazar 5, Jv. Marcelino 4, Ibanez 4, Tansingco 2, Pretta 1, Marata 0.LETRAN 68 – Nambatac 16, Calvo 11, Quinto 10, Balanza 8, Balagasay 6, Mandreza 6, Taladua 5, Caralipio 4, Pascual 2, Gedaria 0, Vacaro 0, Bernabe 0.Quarters: 18-26, 35-44, 53-59, 75-68. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Jaycee Marcelino added 13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists, while Reymar Caduyac was steady from the charity stripe, drilling all of his 12 markers from the free throw line.Lyceum faced its biggest deficit of the season as it trailed by 37-20, midway in the second quarter.But the Pirates soon after buckled down to work with Nzeusseu punishing the depleted Knights frontline, who was without the injured Jeo Ambohot and foul troubled Daryl Pascual and Irvin Mandreza.Lyceum snapped Letran’s four-game winning run and got a shot at a first round sweep with a win against Mapua on Tuesday.Rey Nambatac topped the Knights with 16 points and six rebounds, while JP Calvo had 11 markers, four boards, and two assists in the loss, as they finished the first round with a 5-4 card.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum weathered a tough stand from Letran and pulled off a 75-68 victory Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Pirates, who played without coach Topex Robinson who was serving a one-game suspension, rallied behind Mike Nzeusseu in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback from 17 points down.ADVERTISEMENT Nzeusseu fired eight of his 13 points in the payoff period, where the Pirates used a 10-2 run to turn things around and get the lead, 63-62, on amazing reverse from Marcelino with 5:41 left.READ: Letran coach warns Lyceum: ‘We will destroy whoever gets in our way’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Cameroonian also had 15 rebounds and three blocks to help keep Lyceum’s unbeaten record through eight games.CJ Perez tallied a team-high 14 markers and five boards, as he bucked a forgettable 6-of-19 clip from the field and drained the huge three with 3:30 to play to give Pirates some separation down the stretch. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSouth AustraliaNominations are now open for the 2010 Colley Reserve five-a-side tournament to be played at Colley Reserve, Glenelg on Saturday, 20 February. The event is one of the annual highlights on the local calendar for Touch Football in South Australia. Nominations close on Thursday, 4 February, but be quick – the event is strictly limited to the first 24 teams that nominate.The third TFA-South Australia State Executive Council (SEC) Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, 17 January 2010. Nominations are to be lodged by Wednesday, 13 January 2010. For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.auVictoriaLocal competitions in Victoria are some of the earliest to commence for 2010 following the Christmas break, with the Elwood competition returning this week, while Albert Park, Fawkner Park and Box Hill recommence next week. Victoria will also conduct a Level One referee course on Saturday, 16 January 2010, as well as a Level Two referee course planned for Saturday, 30 January 2010. For more information, please visit the following website:www.victouch.com.auQueenslandNominations are now open for the 2010 Queensland State Cup, which will be held on Saturday, 1 May and Sunday, 2 May 2010 in Bundaberg. For more information, please visit the Queensland Touch website:www.qldtouch.com.auACTThe ACT Men’s Open squad for the 2010 National Touch League in Caloundra has been announced. The team has been listed on the ACT website. ACT Touch is also looking for representative players to play in their Men’s and Women’s 20’s sides as well as their Senior Mixed team for the NTL. Please visit the ACT Touch website to find out more information:www.acttouch.com.auNew South WalesThe first tournament of the year will be played in Cootamundra this weekend.  The 26th Annual Cootamundra Knockout will be held at Fisher Park on Saturday, 9 January and Sunday, 10 January 2010.Nominations for the Yass Knockout are also being taken. The knockout will be held on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 January 2010 at Walker Park in Yass. Over $12 000 worth of prize money is being offered, with Men’s, Women’s and Mixed divisions to be contested. The Sydney Mets region will be hosting a Junior development day on Saturday, 17 January at Blacktown Touch Association. New South Wales and Australian Coaches and Players will be in attendance, while there will also be a barbeque and giveaways throughout the day. For more information, please visit the NSW Touch website:www.nswtouch.com.auNorthern TerritoryIn the Northern Territory, the local Darwin competition is set to commence again on Monday, 1 February 2010. Team nominations close on Friday, 8 January 2010 and are available from the website and the Touch office. The NT Players selected in the National Indigenous team are all training hard in preparation for the World Indigenous Touch Tournament in New Zealand at the end of January.One of the players competing at the tournament, Jaylene Bonson, is the cover girl of the latest edition of the Northern Territory Sports magazine ‘Intensity’. For more information, please visit the NT Touch website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-699-0-0-0Western AustraliaAlbany had a taste of Trans Tasman Touch Football recently, when the Australians took on their New Zealand counterparts from the local community.Touchwest will also be holding a High Performance weekend later in the month. For more information, please visit the Touchwest website:www.touchwest.comTasmaniaRound 13 of the Southern Touch Premier League will be played this week, with several other competitions in Tasmania not far from recommencing. The Mixed competition in Devonport started back this week, while the Seniors commence on Wednesday, 13 January. Launceston Touch is also back following the Christmas break, with the Men’s round 14 and Women’s round 15 division one games to be played on Sunday, 10 January 2010. For more information, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website:www.tastouch.com.aulast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Munir agent hits out at Barcelona over broken promisesby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Munir El Haddadi says Barcelona have failed to keep promises.The striker’s deal expires in June.”Before the game against Celta Vigo, Munir got a surprise from his coach,” Valdivieso told beIN Sports.”Having told the board that he might not renew, the coach then explained to him that he has to accommodate other players, even some from the academy, in the rotation.”That week he also told him that he will not be included in a squad list until he decides to renew.”Munir sees that so many promises on the part of the sporting department, and even from the coach, have not materialised on the pitch.”He sees that he is a player they don’t take into account.”He is committed and knows that he has a contract with the club until June, one that he has to respect.”There is no agreement [with any team], but there are many teams interested in him.” last_img read more

first_imgAshley Judd cheering on the Kentucky basketball team.LEXINGTON, KY – MARCH 07: Ashley Judd watches the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena on March 7, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 67-50 to finish the regular 31-0. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Tonight, the undefeated top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats take on fifth-seeded West Virginia in the Sweet 16. The winner advances to the Midwest Regional final to play either Notre Dame or Wichita State. Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd is as excited for this game as you would expect she’d be. So excited that she recorded a video dedicated to her favorite team as soon as she woke up. Needless to say, she’s supremely confident in UK’s ability to move to 37-0 tonight. According to Judd’s scouting report, Trey Lyles and Willie Cauley-Stein will be too much for the Mountaineers, and WVU’s pressure defense will be neutralized by the play of ‘Cats point guard Aaron Harrison. //I woke up with this on my mind: Sweet 16! Here are my eyes just opened I am supposed to be trading spiritual texts and…Posted by Ashley Judd on Thursday, March 26, 2015Her acting career has been her calling card but Judd might have a future as a basketball analyst.last_img read more

first_imgCassidy Little says he didn’t know how popular Coronation Street is in Newfoundland until he was on set for filming. (CBC) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Cassidy did a tape for the audition, sent it away, and was speechless when he found out later he got the role.“What do you say when you’re going to be on something that monumental?” he said.Little 36, left St. John’s to pursue a comedy career in the United Kingdom and wound up joining the British Royal Marines. Advertisement Little, here with professional dance partner Natalie Lowe, was named the big winner of The People’s Strictly, a British TV dance competition., in 2015. (BBC One) Advertisement Facebook An actor originally from St. John’s is joining popular long-running soap opera Coronation Street.Cassidy Little said he was filming a movie in Bulgaria when his agent called to say he was up for the part.“When you get calls like that, you don’t think you’re going to get the role, but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to give 100 per cent during the audition tape,” he told CBC’s Here & Now.last_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A Google engineer fired for writing a memo questioning Google’s commitment to diversity has filed a lawsuit alleging his ouster was driven by a corporate culture that discriminates against white men and people with conservative views, including supporters of President Donald Trump.The 161-page complaint filed Monday on behalf of James Damore and another former Google engineer depicts Google as an elitist company that shuns employees who dare to deviate from a liberal agenda embraced by its management and most of its workforce.The lawsuit was filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court and comes five months after Google fired Damore for writing a 10-page memo entitled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber .” In that missive, Damore criticized Google for pushing mentoring and diversity programs and for “alienating conservatives.” He also blamed biological differences for the paucity of women in tech.Damore, 28, says he submitted early versions of his memo to Google’s human resources department without being reprimanded. Just a few days after Damore posted the memo on an internal message board, it was leaked to a technology blog. Google fired him Aug. 7 amid an uproar among workers offended by its themes.Now, Damore and his lawyer, former Republican Party official Harmeet Dhillon, are retaliating with a lawsuit that puts a new twist on Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity — an issue that has been a prickly subject in the technology industry for years.Google, Facebook, Apple and their peers have all publicly acknowledged their workforces are out of step with the rest of society because they employ mostly white and Asian men in engineering jobs and other high-paying positions requiring computer programming skills.As a remedy, the companies say they have been aggressively hiring women, blacks and Hispanics, but they have barely titled the scales so far.Dhillon is hoping to use Damore’s case to prove that Google has set illegal quotas that discriminate against white men like Damore.The complaint also seeks to be certified as a class action that will represent all current and former Google workers who believe they were discriminated against during the past four years for expressing conservative viewpoints, a group that also could include women.Google said it looks forward to defending itself against Damore’s accusations in court.Dhillon said she has heard from dozens of current and former workers at Google and other major technology companies who say they fear being ostracized or threatened by managers and co-workers if they express conservative views or publicly support Trump — an unpopular figure throughout most of the San Francisco Bay Area.“You shouldn’t have to prove you didn’t vote for the president to get a job at Google,” Dhillon said.Damore declined to say whether he voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.Google never has given any indication that it fired Damore for his political views. Instead CEO Sundar Pichai said Damore had violated the company’s code of conduct “by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”After his memo was widely circulated, Damore said he was verbally bullied and threatened by co-workers. In an Aug. 4 email included in Damore’s lawsuit, a Google engineer wrote, “You’re a misogynist and a terrible person. I will keep hounding you until one of us is fired.” The email ended with a profanity directed at Damore.Google said it doesn’t tolerate any form of harassment.Despite his rancorous parting, Damore said he would welcome the opportunity to work at Google again. “I really believe I could improve things there,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — The federal government recorded a deficit of $100.5 billion in October, a big increase from a year ago that was primarily caused by quirks in the calendar.The Treasury Department says the deficit shot up 59 per cent from the same month a year ago. Last year’s October deficit was smaller because the government paid $48 billion in benefits in September because Oct. 1 fell on the weekend.The government has run a deficit in every October going back to the early 1950s. The new report begins a budget year in which the federal deficit is expected to soar above $1 trillion, reflecting in part the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts Congress approved last December.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgRome: Claudio Ranieri got off to a winning start as Roma coach with Stephan El Shaarawy and Patrik Schick’s first-half goals enough to squeeze past lowly Empoli 2-1 on Monday to keep in touch with the Champions League places. Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked after the team’s elimination in the Champions League last-16 last week with Ranieri returning to the club he coached for 18 months until February 2011. The 67-year-old former Roma player was welcomed back to the Stadio Olimpico with a banner reading “Good luck Mister Ranieri”. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”I thank the fans, as they gave us a big hand this evening,” said Ranieri. “I didn’t expect us to play better, because this was a tense team that was anxious and still dealing with recent events. “Putting a team together when we didn’t have many players, and without the bigger players, the leaders that give a sense of direction to the side, wasn’t easy,” added the former Leicester and Chelsea coach. “I knew it was going to be tough.” Captain Daniele De Rossi, Kostas Manolas, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Cengiz Under were all out injured with Edin Dzeko, Federico Fazio and Aleksandar Kolarov suspended. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIt was nervy debut against a side who are just one point above the relegation zone. El Shaarawy turned in off a corner after nine minutes for his ninth league goal this season only for Empoli to level when Roma defender Juan Jesus headed into his own net. The Romans nearly conceded another when Giovanni Di Lorenzo sent just wide before Schick put the hosts back on front after 33 minutes, jumping highest to nod in his third league goal this season. Midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo hobbled off with a calf injury with Schick also coming off injured while captain Alessandro Florenzi was sent off for a second yellow card with ten minutes to go. El Shaarawy was then handed the captain’s armband for the first time.last_img read more

first_imgTo celebrate the spirit of Sufism, Punjabi singer and Padma Shree Awardee Hans Raj Hans will be performing for a musical concert ‘Jazbaa’. The event, which will be held on March 15 at Siri Fort Auditorium, is a tribute to our martyr soldiers and a way to create awareness about India’s social strength – ‘Cultural diversity and religious unity’ and economical strength ‘One nation one tax’.The singer who is bestowed with so many awards globally for his contribution to music will be weaving magic for delhites. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHe will leave you spellbound with his performance and take you back to the era of Punjabi folk music. With chartbusters like ‘Tote Tote Ho Gya Dil’, ‘Dil Chori Sada Hogya’, ‘Khali Dil Nahi Jaan Bhi Hai’, ‘Aaja Nachle’ and many more to his credit, the music maestro is one of the renowned names of music industry. He has also worked alongside Late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Hans Raj majorly sings Punjabi Folk and Sufi music but his Indipop albums are equally popular among audience. The musical evening at Siri fort auditorium is being organised by Rudraksha communications in association with the IRS association.last_img read more