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Oct 23, 2020

Education Africa Marimba Hubs are back in action!

Dear Friend of Education Africa,

 

We hope you are doing well and are keeping safe. In this report we wanted to update you on all the hard work our Marimba Team has been doing during this difficult time.

Throughout lockdown Education Africa Marimba Specialist Joan Lithgow has started creating video tutorials and sending them on WhatsApp to all the educators.On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Joan sends video tutorials presenting song arrangements. On Monday she teaches the bass, Wednesday the middle section and on Friday she sends the melody and all the parts put together, which she does using the Acapella app. The educators are able to learn the song remotely as they all have dummy keyboards to work on at home.On Tuesdays and Thursdays Joan presents revision theory lessons with 3 worksheets per lesson which the educators can answer and submit to the Education Africa Marimba Assistants, Khabo Motaung and Puseletso Ramashaoi, to be marked. The educators can then use these worksheets in their lessons to the children in their hubs.

In September our amazing marimba team were finally able to go back into the hubs and start training the educators again! The educators did not let the lockdown slow them down and with Joan’s teaching they have become even better musicians. We cannot wait until they can start teaching the children all they have learnt.

We are so proud of our Education Africa Marimba team and all the work they have put in to overcome the lockdown challenges.

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Oct 19, 2020

ECD Training Continues to Adapt!

Dear Friend of Education Africa,

Hello and thank you for supporting our campaign. We are very grateful and will continue to work hard on our Education Africa Early Childhood Development Project with your help.

As mentioned in our previous report, our Education Africa ECD Team took on blended teaching/training and learning approach with both digital training as well as the use of hard copies for all modules and written work recorded in exercise books due to COVID-19. Hardcopies of the learning materials were provided to the students alongside food parcels, so they could learn and follow along with the trainers online teaching. This blended learning approach has been highly successful, and we are now able to begin in person training again! Starting in September our ECD team and their students returned to their centres in Alexandra, Protea Glen, Braamfontein, Diepsloot and Orange Farm. Strict social distancing measures are upheld with students and trainers temperatures being taken before and after the training to ensure a safe learning environment. We are so proud of both our trainers and their students for adapting so well and remaining committed to improving their futures!

The current landscape of Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in South Africa includes a troublesome combination of undertrained caregivers and limited resources. According to a 2013 ECD Audit, only 10% of children living in Johannesburg between the ages of three and five are enrolled in ECD centres. Many caregivers, despite having years of practical experience, have poor reading, writing, and critical thinking skills -- impeding their ability to plan and manage effective early childhood programming. Without qualified caregivers, the majority of young children in Johannesburg have fallen through the cracks of our society’s care. Education Africa is equipped with the requisite specialised staff, structures and experience to tackle these issues and create meaningful change for South African children. Be part of Making real change Happen by providing Poverty alleviation through Education.

James Urdang

CEO & Founder

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Jun 26, 2020

Moving to the beat in lockdown

Dear Friend of Education Africa

We hope you are doing well and are keeping safe. In this report we wanted to let you know how our Education Africa marimba team is overcoming challenges during the lockdown. 

Our Marimba Specialist Joan Lithgow and her team contacted all our Hub educators and completed a survey to find out how they could continue to give lessons during Lockdown. The educators unanimously voted for WhatsApp, and so Joan has started creating video tutorials and sending them on WhatsApp to all the educators.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Joan sends video tutorials presenting song arrangements. On Monday she teaches the bass, Wednesday the middle section and on Friday she sends the melody and all the parts put together, which she does using the Acapella app. The educators are able to learn the song remotely as they all have dummy keyboards to work on at home.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays Joan presents revision theory lessons with 3 worksheets per lesson which the educators can answer and submit to the Education Africa Marimba Assistants, Khabo Motaung and Puseletso Ramashaoi, to be marked. The educators can then use these worksheets in their lessons to the children in their hubs.


We are so proud of our Education Africa Marimba team and all the work they have put in to overcome the lockdown challenges. We cannot wait to hear the sounds of marimbas soon.

 
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