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LEAP Voices – A Quarter to Remember

From a renowned drama festival to an exciting fundraising campaign, our latest quarterly newsletter offers an overview of the life of LEAP in the past few months. There are stories that will make you chuckle, others that will inspire pride to be associated with LEAP, and others that will make you wish you were back in school! We also have an insightful piece that should be read by anyone involved in the education sector. Our executive director John Gilmour believes that even though we’re normally cautioned against interfering, when it comes to the classroom, this social norm needs to dropped. A former teacher and school principal, Gilmour is a proponent of ‘learner-centred’ teaching. In this approach, the educator facilitates rather than dictates the acquisition of knowledge. Instead of being the master, they are a guide, conduit, cheerleader. They are the voice that challenges thinking, encourages debate, queries answers and journeys alongside learners. “Teachers must stop being the guide on the side and start being meddlers in the middle,’ posits Gilmour. “We need to rather see teachers as technicians – facilitators that learn to unlock, trigger and create the opportunity for self-learning.”

For more on this revolutionary approach and our other stories, read the full newsletter.

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