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

There is something to learn from everything. All these somethings grow our children!

The Drop-in Centre children learn gardening skills in the centre’s garden (left) and then some apply these skills in their own backyard gardens at home. Thabang supports with the vegetable seeds and guidance.

The veggies from this garden  supplies the kitchen which feeds about 35 children daily.

Extra veggies are given to hungry households who request them.


Learning to identify weeds and caring for a lawn is also beneficial.

Discipline through exercise is good.

Besides curbing the endless energy, the fresh air and exercise makes for healthy bodies as well as healthy minds.



It was through disciplined exercise and a healthy, strong body that this athlete obtained all these gold medals in athletics.


Playing the Marimba instruments also requires many hours of diligent practice. The Marimba team were rewarded with 96.9% in the Allegretto Eisteddfod competition (see below) 

The Marimba team then went on to earn an excellent 85% in the Talent Africa competition.


Soon, we hope to be able to compete internationally. These competitions are within our reach as most of them are now via virtual participation which is affordable. In the past, the expense of travelling internationally, would have limited us from entering.

In November this year, we have been invited to play in the Curtain Call in Johannesburg, for the Allegretto Eisteddfod.

The beat of our drums and echo of our Marimba, creeps into all our visitor’s hearts.

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Debate Day
Debate Day

In April, we were hosted by Marakele Animal Sanctuary for an educational experience learning about the lions and other predators they have. The children greatly enjoyed this interactive educational experience! 

On Tuesday, May 18th, some of the older Thabang children were able to participate in “Charity Tuesday” at our local Eagle Mountain Spur, at which they were able to have the experience of “shadow shifts”. The children greatly enjoyed this experience as it was the first time they were able to have real work experience. 

Our annual Debate Day took place on Saturday, June 7, at which nine of the Thabang children presented debates about the benefits and drawbacks of social media (junior group) and about Covid lockdown procedures (senior group). The boys and girls faced off in front of a panel of eight volunteer judges and the girls proved to be the champions of both debate topics this year! We are very proud of the children for putting in the hard work and grateful to the volunteers who spent weeks prepping both the writing of the debates and helping the children with their public speaking skills! 

Marakele Animal Sanctuary
Marakele Animal Sanctuary
Learning about lions!
Learning about lions!
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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.


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.


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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Thabang Children's Home Trust

Location: Thabazimbi, Limpopo Province - South Africa
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Tessa White
Thabazimbi, Limpopo South Africa
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