Six young people have taken this opportunity to develop themselves and learn new skills for a year. At the same time, they will help Grade 1–4 learners with literacy and numeracy classes in the afternoons.
ENJOYING HOLIDAY FUN WITH YEBO!
One of the many benefits of the Year Beyond Programme: Volunteers run holiday programmes in the community. Lots of fun activities are offered! These holidays even saw learners showcasing their dance moves in a talent competition!
PROGRESSING THE UCT SDU TEACHER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Progress on this programme has been moving ahead. Dates have been set for Grade R–7 teachers to complete UCT’s SDU’s short courses, with a Maths and English focus. We are excited about how teachers have been embracing these opportunities to develop curriculum content knowledge. Over time, learners will benefit from their teachers’ access to top-class learning opportunities.
COMPLETING ANOTHER YEAR FOR THE ENGLISH LITERACY PROGRAMME!
At the end of this month, we celebrate the completion of our fourth year of our reading programme with our annual Certificate Ceremony. Volunteers offer their time every Tuesday and Thursday morning to read with Grade 2–3 learners over the course of one year.
For the last two years, the CAPS-aligned Brainboosters programme has assisted Grade 1 learners to get up-to-speed with the basic concepts required for Grade 1. Sophakama educators were recently trained on an enhanced version of the programme.
STARTING THE PENPAL PROJECT
Every year, Elkanah House arranges a visit by Sophakama Primary Grade 2 learners to their Blouberg campus. Learners absolutely love the fun day with one another! Late last year, a heartwarming project was begun by the educators at both schools, inspired by the friendships that arose during this special day. The photos show the effort and love that go into the creation of these letters, ‘posted’ between the schools. Sophakama learners practise their English skills and Elkanah learners practise their isiXhosa skills.
DONATIONS FROM OUR COMMUNITIES!
The support of our local communities is important to us. Read some examples of community involvement with our project: