December is a time for festivities fun and laughter. We were blessed with many visitors and even Santa came on a special day to visit the children. The centre has been painted by volunteers and looks bright and cheerful
We started the new year with great excitement.. 15 children have started a new grade, ten children are going to preschool and the others stay at home and learn to become toddlers!
Fikelela is a place of love and laughter, we are also appreciattive of our volunteers who come and assist the older chidlren with special skills and with their homework.
The training became available for our parishes since 2012 to date we have had 27 churches and 62 Sunday school teachers trained to run the programme in their Sunday school classes. We have only had positive responses from teachers that implemented the programme.
The resource packs that they receive when completing the training has helped teachers tremendously – the kids respond very well to visual teaching.
They cannot wait for Sunday school because someone is going to get a chance to put the leave on the Tree, “Jerry is our best friend I wish I can have a Jerry at home.”
The programme is implemented at most of our parishes as part of the Sunday School year planner.
Fikelela would like to host another training session in 2015 as we already had some request from parishes showing their interest and wanting to send more teachers to benefit from the training.
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Once again we celebrate the 16 days of activism against violence against women and children. We are reminded of the obscenely high levels of child abuse in South Africa. Cape Town has become known as Rape Town.
How can the church respond to this crisis? One of the possible areas is in Sunday School, where children bond with their teachers as a safe adult to whom they can confide.
Fikelela has developed "Jerry Giraffe" a fun interactive teaching tool for Sunday School teachers to teach children skill such as saying know, learning about 'good secrets' and 'bad secrets' learning to express their emotions "star feelings" and 'stone feelings" and helping them to identify a safe adult that they can talk to if they feel uncomfortoble.
Jerry Giraffe had visited a few churches during this year, the kids simple love Jerry and cannot wait for his next visit
Sunday school Teachers find great joy in using the discipline techniques and also find the visuals very helpful. They say the children are much more attentive in class and the shy ones are becoming more talkative than before.
One of the Sunday school teachers were so impressed with the lessons that she implemented this at the school where she is teaching.
Fikelela would like to host another training session in 2015 as we already had some request from parishes showing their interest in the programme.