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Junior School Language Teacher

Pioneer Academies is looking for a superstar Junior School Language Teacher to design and teach Afrikaans AND Zulu lessons in our Pre-Primary and Primary School in Midrand. This is an opportunity to create a transformative brand with the future of Africa’s youth at stake.

Imagine a world in which every young person in Africa attends a school that truly sets them up for success in the 21st century. A school that demands excellence, helps students learn by doing and exploring rather than by memorizing, equips students with globally competitive science and technology skills, and builds the character and growth mindset that will shape the rest of their lives.

Now imagine that this school is not in one town, in one country, but in every town, in every country. This is what we imagine, and we want you to help make it happen.


Two years ago we launched a new venture to build the first pan-African network of high-quality, affordable primary and secondary schools. In 2017 we will be operating four schools—three in South Africa and one in Kenya—and gearing up for rapid growth. Our venture is structured as a social enterprise to enable us to attract the investment that will be needed to launch 100 schools and reach tens of thousands of students in the next decade.

Africa has the fastest-growing youth population in the world and a rapidly expanding middle class, but its education systems are not ready to unleash what could be the transformative generation of talent that permanently changes the face of the continent. We aspire to be among the first to show at scale that this is possible.  

Our team culture is designed to reinforce our vision:

  • We model the growth mindset we want our students to embody: you are challenged every day and, as a result, you grow more than at any other point in your life
  • We pursue excellence in every detail and do whatever it takes to produce great work quickly
  • We are radically open: we share tough messages and our own vulnerabilities because doing so helps us grow
  • We put our students before our team, and our team before ourselves
  • We bring infectious energy, enthusiasm and fun to everything we do because joy fuels the hardest work and learning


We are hiring for a Junior School Language Teacher. The teacher will oversee the Afrikaans/Zulu lessons for The Junior School. The teacher’s first year will be spent mostly teaching Grade 000-3 and eventually up to Grade 6 as Pioneer Academy Midrand grows.

You will also:

  • Invent a grade appropriate, student centred language curriculum for the Midrand Campus
  • Work closely with teaching teams to create continuous language learning in the classrooms



  • You have a minimum three years of Afrikaans and/or Zulu teaching experience
  • You are a qualified (or qualifying) teacher with a bachelor’s degree (may still be working towards a PGCE).
  • You are SACE registered
  • You have a passion for teaching and connecting with students; an interest in student ideas and their thinking.
  • You have strong content knowledge and classroom management skills.
  • You have an understanding of and passion for enquiry based, student-centred learning.
  • You have a team player mentality – enjoys working in teams and group problem solving.
  • You care deeply about personal growth and also about developing others

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the right candidate is identified. Only qualified candidates will be invited for interviews.


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