Education

Our Education Programmes

Education is integral to success. One can almost say that everything we know is through communication with others and self-experimentation. All of it is education, whether it is by reading a book, talking to a friend, listening to the radio, attending lectures and so forth. The development of a person is through education. The more the education, the stronger the development process; this is what the organisation believes in. The Organisation has demarcated its educational programs in to two sections. The first is educational programs relating to children, and the second is educational programs relating to the youth and adults

Early Childhood Development (ECD)

The objectives of the ECD are:

  • To provide early childhood development stimulation,
  • To develop children’s cognitive, fine and gross motor skills,
  • To teach basic literacy and numeracy,
  • To provide basic life skills and,
  • The provision of healthy meals for positive growth
  • Register ECD with Department of Social Development
  • To build state of the art classroom as to bridge the gap between the haves and the have-nots.

Achievements, Impact and challenges are combined in the Learning Centre Section. The ECD was registered with Social Development.

The Learning Centre

The Learning Centre cater for the children who do not have documentation for mainstream education, removing them from the streets, reinstalling hope for a better future and at the same time, putting more efforts to re-enrol them back to the formal system. The children have books from Grade 2 until Grade 10.

The objectives of the centre are:

  • To keep the learners academically active until they are allowed back to school,
  • To develop a culture of learning and curiosity among children and teens,
  • To develop/adopt a curriculum to enhance learning and teaching,
  • To teach the learners basic numeracy and literacy,
  • To advance and encourage creativity and innovation,
  • Building relationships with other organisations, public sector and the private sector to provide basic education,
  • Provision of basic life skills (hygiene, critical thinking, team-work, etc.), and
  • The provision of basic computer literacy, life skills and artistic skills.

Achievements and Impact

The learning centre has been able to provide Life Skills, Computer Literacy, Mathematics, English and Arts Education. The children’s ability to learn has been at the most, impressive. Parents have come forward to congratulate the organisation, and to thank the organisation for the work. Our assessments also prove that there is learning that the children understand. Each year we have learners who are able to go back to the formal system.

We have been able to work with other organisations such as the NG Kerk and the Hartebeespoort Parent and Child Counselling to provide soft skills for the learners. The nearby companies help us with nutritious food.

Challenges

The challenges faced in the Learning Centre are mostly the knowledge level of the junior staff and discipline among the adolescent girls and boys. There is a need to train the junior staff further regarding teaching. Building separate classes for the learners can also help to maintain discipline as well as empowering the facilitators with appropriate skills to deal with discipline issues. More finances need to be placed towards ICT labs with computer machines able to run coding and graphic design software, as this will help us to train the adolescent girls and boys computer based skills.

Moving forward

The learning centre plans to incorporate educational programmes for intellectually challenged learners and the disabled. This is due to the neglect of disabled children in the communities, where they are hidden away from the world and deprived of their human rights. There is also a lack of facilities that accommodate disabled learners, especially the intellectually challenged learners. We aim to have an integrated approach to childhood development, and adult education.

Library

The facility has a library that has academic books with a range of topics, as well as novels. There is a need for more educational books and resources. This helps keep the children and youth busy, out of the streets and at the same time increasing their knowledge, communication skills and reading skills. This is the only accessible public library in the 50 km radius. Each year the library assists about 200 students with information and research homework.  

Skills Development

The skills development is aimed at the youth, especially young women and young men in the community who are out of school but has no money to advance to college and no skills to reach their life goals. 

The objectives of this programme are:

  • To equip the youth with CV writing and interview skills to increase their employability and instil a sense of professionalism,
  • To train the youth in different skills online and offline, especially Information Technology skills, and
  • To train the youth in computer literacy, making them more employable, knowledgeable and ready for the fourth industrial revolution.

Achievement and impact

In the course of the year the organisation has trained 34 individuals in CV writing and interview training. This year, 21 Individuals have gone through internationally recognized online courses which comprised of Social Media Marketing, Digital Marketing, Graphic Design, Leadership and Management, and Play Learning in ECD. Out of the 21 individuals, 14 are young women and the other seven (7) young men. We are still to implement an ongoing computer literacy programme.

We are still to assess the impact of the programmes as we look at the marketability of the people and employability. We do know however that many of our CV and interview trained individuals have found employment.

Challenges

One of the biggest challenges we have encountered is the lack of commitment and motivation especially for young men. They want immediate gratification. The lack of proper facilities to train individuals also plays a huge role, and can be dubbed the main reason for some members dropping out. Another challenge is the marketing of the learned skills to companies. There seem to be a lack of marketability, or willingness to market oneself – self-doubt can be a factor.

Sewing/knitting training project

This project has six community members participating in the training and making of different type of clothing, and bags. The purpose of the project is to empower the community members to become economically independent.

The objectives are to:

  • Teach members how to use a sewing machine,
  • Teach members how to create novel designs ,
  • Teach members how to market and sell the products, and
  • Empower the members economically so they can achieve objectives

Achievement and impact

The achievements of this programme have been enormous, however, a bit lacking when it comes to business marketing. Six women participate in this programme, and have been able to sell their products in Holland, USA and to international conferences. The women have achieved a level of creativity, and have learned the skill however, still lack the financial management of their projects.

Challenges

The challenge is getting the product into the market. Another challenge can be the lack of feeling of ownership of the project as the ladies uses the machines at the Organisation, although they are independent.  This means that they need to be empowered by receiving a machine of their own so that they can have ownership of the skill and products. There is also a need to teach them financial management so that they can sustainably run a successful business.

Learner Incentive and Empowerment Programme (LIEP)

The LIEP programme is designed to boost learner morale and motivation. It is aimed at adolescent girls and boys who are in mainstream schools.

The objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • Assisting learners with university applications and application fees,
  • Boosting learner morale, performance and motivation through incentives and rewards for high performance, and
  • Motivating learners by holding group sessions, and organising career advice sessions.

Achievements and Impact

This programme has been successful at Schaumburg Combined School from its pilot sessions in 2017 and we carried on with it since then. We have seen improvement in the morale of the learners and motivation. Their curiosity to know and understand university life increases and even after one gap year they have shown interest to further their studies by enrolling into higher education the following year. All the learners who were part of the pilot programme who did not enrol in higher education in the year 2018 have applied for enrolment for 2019. In the year 2018 the organisation focused on working with the whole school from Grade 1 until 12. That is 700 learners who have shown increased academic competitiveness especially in the middle of the year.

Challenges

It seems that competitiveness is high in the beginning and middle of the year and the students do not show the same level of competitiveness during the end of the year. The reason may be the fact that we usually focus our efforts in the beginning and middle of the year and at the end of the year, our focus is on the matric students. Possible solution is to continue with the project with the whole school for the rest of the year and see how it can impact positively.

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