No less than thirteen new distance learning support centres were established since the beginning of the year, bringing the total number to fifty-nine. Of these study groups, most are in South Africa but some are across borders.
Mukhanyo is very thankful for this development and is confident that the growth will continue, the Lord willing. To facilitate these groups, the internal support systems that work with distance groups have been restructured and more integrated with Mukhanyo’s entire team. Rev Glyn Williams has taken over as full-time Distance Manager.
Since April a number of groups were visited with the purpose to build relationships, encourage the students, evaluate group operations, provide training where needed, and to offer support. At one of the visits, the tutor stated that there is nothing like the Mukhanyo programme out there and he believes this is the way to change Africa. We pray to God that he may be right.
The facilitators and tutors at each learning support centre are very important. Their work is far more extensive than just being there. It means not only to make sure that study groups attend regularly, but it also implies helping students with their studies and sometimes with their personal problems, but it also means communication with lecturers, administration and management.
Because the success of a study groups to large extent is dependent on the quality of the facilitator or tutor, a workshop was held last year to train facilitators and tutors. This highly successful event will be followed up by another tutor workshop this year in KwaMhlanga on 2-4 October. For more information, please contact Tunize Bezuidenhout at 083 743 1127 or Glyn Williams at 084 224 2204.