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On Friday 4th August 2017, CINDI participated in a workshop organized by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education.

The objectives of the workshop were to discuss the roles and responsibilities of Learner Support Agents (LSA’s) and to renew their contracts with the Department.

The workshop was attended by Mrs Zondi (Chief Education Specialist for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education in the UMgungundlovu District), Mrs Dladla (HIV and AIDS co-ordinator for the Department), Mr Thulani Zondi, (CINDI-May'khethele Project, Deputy Programme Manager), School principals, supervisors and Learner Support Agents.

Learning support Agents work closely with Principals and teachers to provide support to individual pupils, or small or large groups. Duties include:

  • Learner support: Provide care and support to learners in need of support as a result of experiencing social, health, behavioural and poverty related barriers.
  • Campaigns and equipping and empowering learners with life skills: Assisting the school with facilitating awareness programmes and school competitions.
  • Record keeping: Documentation of all LSA assisted SBST activities.
  • Networking: In support of the SBST-Linking Schools to local learner support services.
  • Learner Pregnancy: Assist the class teacher in carrying lesson materials to pregnant learners confined to their homes and return completed, offer guidelines on organizing learning material and effective learning strategies to pregnant learners confined to their homes, encourage learners to return to school after their period of confinement and provide feedback to the School.
  • Prevention of drug and alcohol use: Assist the school in liking the identified learners to support structures, liaise with DSD, Primary Health Care Services and relevant community support structures in soliciting advice and continued support for learner.
  • Career Development Support: Assist the school in facilitating learners to access facilities for electronic applications and career.
  • Homework Support: Assist the teacher who is on homework club duty to support learners in completing their homework.

LSA’s work with pupils of all abilities, including those with special needs.