Ashoka Fellow
South Africa
Fellow Since 2012
This description of Helene Smuts's work was prepared when Helene Smuts was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
The Bantu education system, imposed by the apartheid government, had disastrous consequences for the quality of rural education in South Africa. Low educational performance, especially in the subjects of mathematics and science, has persisted long after the end of the apartheid system due to inadequate and insufficiently relevant training for rural teachers and appropriate materials for their students. Helene Smuts has introduced a culturally relevant learning methodology that integrates rural knowledge systems into the formal school curriculum through teacher training strategies.
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