Educating the Thabang Children

by Thabang Children's Home Trust
Educating the Thabang Children
Educating the Thabang Children
Educating the Thabang Children
Educating the Thabang Children
Educating the Thabang Children
Educating the Thabang Children
The children learn an auditory game with visitors
The children learn an auditory game with visitors

A new experience was given to the children in November 2020 as they participated in Marakele National Park’s “SANParks” week, which took place November 16th-20th. They were tasked with creating sculptures entirely out of recyclable material, which taught them many things, including recycling to improve the environment, cooperation with other children, having a plan and following through, and perseverance to finish. Their sculptures were displayed at the main reception of Marakele National Park.

The children finished off last year with dedicated hard work towards their exams. Support was given to the children to study for their exams by volunteers and staff at Thabang and when they finished their last exam it was time to relax and enjoy the December-January holidays!

We are grateful to the teams of people from  Pretoria and Johannesburg in December, for their visit here at Thabang. Together with  other sponsors, they gave the children party packs of clothes and goodies, performed skits, spoke to the children about important life topics, and held a Sunday service for them. The children were able to play marimba for their guests as well! Through these groups coming, the children were able to be educated through experience; they learned about practical life skills, they heard about other people’s journeys in education and how they were able to obtain their goals, and they were able to play a variety of new games, which develops their motor skills and critical thinking! In addition, they were exposed to new ways of information being presented, such as through an educational skit.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their holiday and the different kind of education it provided and will begin this new school year on February 15th with renewed vigor and new opportunities for success!

Sculptures made from recyclable materials
Sculptures made from recyclable materials
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Despite the challenges COVID-19 has had on Thabang Children's Project we have continued to help the children to be challenged and to grow through education in this time; this has included volunteer teachers coming in (when lockdown regulations allowed) to tutor the children and assist with school projects.

The lockdown gave the children the opportunity to develop new skills as some participated for the first time in our annual Debate Day here at Thabang, which took place on Heritage Day (September 24th). In total, 12 of the children prepared debates surrounding the topics of education and birthdays. They were assisted by the carers of Thabang as well as volunteers. All of the children did an incredible job writing, memorising, and delivering their debates and we are very proud of their achievements. We had guest judges from the community for the event who evaluated the children based on their presentation of their debate, i.e. clarity of voice, memorisation, and length. The children thoroughly enjoyed this event and even one of our six-year-old children said at the end of the day that he is definitely going to debate next year.  

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Teaching each other
Teaching each other

 

2020 is halfway through! Thabang Children’s Project is still working on the  holistic development of all its children.

At Thabang we try to include many different activities.

Besides the formal schooling at  different schools in the area; we provide opportunities to develop their academic component at home. This we do via part time teachers and volunteers.

During  special outings, the children also learn about our amazing wildlife and their importance in our bushveld area. They learn about conservation and the need to protect our wildlife.

The Thabang children are encouraged to exercise, play soccer, netball and have outdoor fun. Physical activity is treasured, and everyone is compelled to join in. 

The cultural aspect is also important. Cultural activities include playing the Marimba, painting, drawing and dancing.

LOCK-DOWN

During the Lock-down, the children at the Child & Youth Care centre could continue with some of these activities on site.

A donation of tablets has been an extra bonus in the Covid-19 pandemic. Thabang has helped each child do extra schoolwork at the home during this period. All staff have been involved to assist all the grades from grade R to grade 12.

Outside of the Child & Youth Care Centre, Thabang has a Drop in Centre in the informal settlement of Smash Block. Here, 45 very needy school children pop in to receive a cooked and nutritious meal before receiving help with their schoolwork and doing extra mural activities.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the children are not allowed to attend the  Drop in Centre. But these children are then not receiving their main meal of the day. So, Thabang raised funds to supply food parcels to the needy households of these children. Donors were generous and Thabang could even help extra households which were identified as being in need.

THANK YOU TO ALL DONORS WHO SUPPORTED OUR WORK IN SERVING THE HUNGRY

An educational walk by a Marakele Park guide
An educational walk by a Marakele Park guide
Warming up for soccer
Warming up for soccer
Food parcels for the hungry
Food parcels for the hungry
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Holding up her Christmas box
Holding up her Christmas box

Over the past couple of months, Thabang has been busy with various celebrations:

Celebrating the success stories of school pupils: 

- Miss Grd 11 received the prize for the most improved learner for the year of 2019!                          She will now be in Matric/ Grd 12 this new year.

- Miss Grd 10, received the best learner in Life Skills and she was once again chosen to be the Head Girl of her school for 2020. The principal said that she is a fantastic role model and deserves to be the Head Girl again- three years in a row!

- Master Grd 8 learner earned his good marks for which he worked. He was chosen to go on a specific tour with other pupils who had performed in Life Orientation.

 - Four of our Primary school children achieved high marks on their reports. Their diligence paid off.

-Master Grd 2, shared a trophy for being the best Grd 2 in arithmetic.

- Master and Miss Grd RR twins, graduated from their Early Childhood Development Centre and will be attending Grd R at the local Primary school.

Celebrating the success stories of post matric and past residents of Thabang:

- Mr M, completed his N5 level in Mechanical Engineering at TVET College. He then studied for a couple of months at a local mine. He is soon to go for a learnership with Anglo American in Randfontein. We are proud of his diligence and achievements.

- Miss N, has completed one year of her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Venda. After many challenges and adaptions far away from Thabang, she has come out strong and ready for her second year. 

Both of these ex- Thabang residents keep in constant contact with us. We support them however we can; through fundraising for them and through life skills guidance and emotional care.

Celebrating Christmas

At the Child & Youth Care Centre, a group of volunteers held a Christmas function for the children. Local residents blessed each child with specially selected items for each Christmas box.

At  the informal settlement of Smasher Block, about 340 children from the community attended the Christmas function. Some of the local supermarkets contributed cakes, hot dogs and juices for the children. A separate group of volunteers entertained the children and reminded them about the meaning of Christmas. For most of these children, this will be the only celebration they will have.

The children who attend the Drop in Centre at Smasher Block on a daily basis for support, each received a Christmas gift of new clothes. These 45 children were identified as vulnerable and therefore received special support throughout the year of 2019.

The New Year of 2020

As the new year has begun, we look forward to the progress ahead of us. We aim to connect with more volunteers and outsiders who want to partner with us to make a difference in our rural community.

We hope to support a local farm school with more volunteers as well; this will also benefit our children attending that school.

Together with partners we are stronger and more effective. Partner with us and make a difference!

Christmas cake for the community's children
Christmas cake for the community's children
Drop in Centre children in their Christmas clothes
Drop in Centre children in their Christmas clothes
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Learning on tablets
Learning on tablets

 In order to cover all the children under its care, Thabang has expanded on its academic programmes,

Not only do the children who are stronger academically, receive  attention, but all the children receive special programmes designed to empower each of them.

Using interactive educational programmes on tablets, has prooved to be very beneficial in capturing the attention of children who do not enjoy formal learning. We hope to soon be able to take this technology to the informal settlement of Smasher Block as well.

Twice a month on Saturdays, extra lessons are provided at Smasher Block for all the Drop in Centre children. The children are eager to attend and learn and help each other. They also learn about gardening with vegetables while helping in the Centre's garden.

 Thabang continues to look for programmes to develop all of its children in a holistic manner.  Much attention is also given to the development of arts and culture through opportunities to express themselves via music and art.

Topping all of this, is the continuous input of life skills done by all stff concerned, in order to 'grow' our children to be respectful and positive community members.

Teaching each other
Teaching each other
Extra lessons at the Drop in Centre
Extra lessons at the Drop in Centre
Learning to plant veg at the Drop in Centre
Learning to plant veg at the Drop in Centre
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Thabang Children's Home Trust

Location: Thabazimbi, Limpopo Province - South Africa
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