District Workshops

One Teacher One Textbook Many Learners Initiative

In March 2015, S.M.I.L.E. entered into a partnership with the English Language Curriculum Advisors in three Provinces - KwaZulu Natal, Gauteng and Free State.The focus of this huge initiative has been to assist Senior Phase ( Grades 8 and 9 ) and FET Phase ( Grades 10, 11 and 12) teachers with customised English language training in specific Districts, in the Provinces.

In 2015 to date 43 customised Skills Training Workshops for the Districts and teachers have taken place across 9 Districts, involving 556 High Schools and 1909 Senior and FET Phase teachers.

In addition to skills development training, all participating teachers were provided with S.M.I.L.E.’s excellent CAPS compliant Interactive English Learners' Textbooks and Teacher Guides totaling 2066 Learners' English Textbooks and 265 Teacher Guides in the schools.

The positive reception we have received from the teachers and Curriculum Advisors has been overwhelming.

This exciting initiative has been made possible through the generosity of Glencore, Shave and Gibson, Charles James Lillishall Trust, Deloittes, The Beare Foundation, Malcolm and Janet Wallis Charitable Trust, Flack Family Trust and many others.

It provides newly qualified uncertain teachers hands on guidance that is often missing at the University level; experienced teachers with an injection of renewed energy and vigour; and all teachers a place to share their experiences and reflect critically on their own teaching and thus make adjustments where necessary.


“ Thank you, you have made my District proud.”  Jackie Peu English Curriculum Advisor Johannesburg Central, Gauteng.


“ What a wealth of knowledge you have given us. My teachers loved and appreciated it. I would like to thank you dearly for the outstanding presentations.” Peggy Moatshe Curriculum Advisor Johannesburg West, Gauteng.


“What you taught these teachers and me, made such an impression on us, it is not describable.” Alta Du Plessis Curriculum Advisor Lejweleputswa, Free State.


“Never in my 17 years of teaching have I attended a workshop which gave me so many concrete suggestions on how to go about teaching a particular skill.” Ms Koen, teacher, Welkom, Free State.