In the words of Nelson Mandela, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Within the South African education system, children from disadvantaged communities and their families rely on school environments to provide a safe, structured and engaging spaces in which to facilitate learning and development. It is also a means of keeping children off the street and out of harm’s way. Therefore, during the school holidays, it is vital that children are provided with the same environment in which to thrive.
This year’s program has reached new highs in developing an advanced educational program, which is innovative and interactive for its students. By establishing a safe, integrated, fun, and empowering learning environment, students are given the opportunity to flourish in unique learning situations and are able to discover their potential in innovative and unique ways, which are not usually adopted in the typical school settings.
We would like to share with you some of the key highlights from the program, which has allowed students to discover their unique talents and build a platform to inspire their futures.
Over 40 children were split into Countries and competed in our very own ‘Holiday Olympics 2019’. The events included Long Jump, bean bag toss, penalty shootout, hurdles and a 100m sprint.
At many school’s sport is not a mandatory lesson, which means that at most, students will engage in physical education once a week. During this program the students thrived with daily sports sessions and loved the incorporation of a bit of friendly competition. Not only did this teach the children about teamwork, but highlighted talents that some of the children had never had the opportunity to share before.
What better way to learn about Volcanoes, then creating your very own? The children worked in teams to build their own volcanoes, fully decorated and then watched them erupt! Not only did this incorporate imagination and creativity but taught the children about how fun science can be, when explored outside of a textbook.
For many children from disadvantaged communities in South Africa, climate change isn’t spoken about till they reach Grade 6, but even then, its true meaning can be lost. During this program the children were involved in tackling themes of climate change, endangered animals and geography. Teaching them about the ways in which they can be eco warriors and do their part to protect the environment and their futures. It was incredible to see the children engage in such important issues.
For many children, they learn from an early age through watching their parents, what they want to be when they grow up. However, for these children, many of them are unaware of their potential and equally, the opportunities that they have outside of their current circumstances. Due to this, one of the major highlights of the recent holiday program was the work we did with the children on careers. The programs participants embodied professions such as teachers, police officers, photographers and doctors, who were then interviewed by the children. All the children then role played as police officers, lawyers, shop keepers and we even had a President! The children were able to learn and play in a safe environment, which is so valuable.
A lot of these highlights are thanks to your generous contributions - so a very big THANK YOU from all of us!
It is with your continued support that we can make a sustainable and long-lasting impact in the community. We are grateful for your generosity and it goes without saying that the GVI Trust and all its donors, play a vital and essential role in making a lasting difference to the lives of many children within the community.
We are proud to have your support in making dreams become reality and hope to have your continued support in the coming year!
Thank you, on behalf of every single life you have impacted, no matter how big or small.
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