Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town

by Children's Helpers Worldwide
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Education Programmes for Kids &Teachers, Cape Town
Receiving a food parcel and Lego on Mandela Day
Receiving a food parcel and Lego on Mandela Day

Everyone at Children's Helpers Worldwide (CHW) is very grateful to you for supporting food and education programmes in South Africa, through our page on GlobalGiving! Our partner organisation, ORT SA CAPE's main focus is on education and teacher training. However, as the level of poverty rose during the lockdowns, ORT SA CAPE also started a food programme in 2020.

Below is the latest report from Bev ORT SA CAPE, about the programmes your contributions have been supporting:

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During 2022, ORT SA CAPE has continued with its Learning through Play training and support programme for Foundation and Intermediate Phase teachers (Grades R [Reception] to 6) across the Western Cape, South Africa.

We believe that learning through play empowers children to become engaged, creative lifelong learners in an ever-changing world. It also allows teachers to explore new and innovative ways of approaching their teaching. Play creates a platform across language, culture and context and allows growth and development in an unthreatening way.

Since January 2022, ORT SA CAPE has trained over 1200 teachers across our various short courses. Our partnership with CHW allows us to expand our reach and change more lives through education.

Our education team spent time in 2021 developing new courses that expand our learning through play initiative and build on the content already covered in previous courses. Our three new offerings, namely, Perceptual Skills Level 2, Playbox Level 2 and Coding 101 have been positively received.

We have also piloted a course aimed at Intermediate Phase teachers. This course shows teachers how to use Lego as a resource to enhance language development across the curriculum. Since February 90 teachers have attended this training with very positive feedback.

On the 7th May 2022, we hosted a group of ECD [Early Childhood Development] practitioners from a very underserved community in Khayelitsha. Twenty educators from various schools were hosted at ORT SA CAPE’s training venue for the day. They attended two training sessions, one on Perceptual Skills and the other on LEGO Playbox. We will also provided lunch and transport to and from the venue. Each teacher received a Lego Playbox to take back to their classrooms.

The 18th of July is a very special day in South Africa, one on which we celebrate Mandela Day. Citizens are urged to contribute to society by doing good on this day to commemorate the birthday of Nelson Mandela.

This year ORT SA CAPE took part in three Mandela day initiatives:

  • We hosted 30 children from Baphumelele Orphanage for the morning where they enjoyed a visit to the Science Centre as well as some fun activities with our staff. They enjoyed lunch and we gifted them with a lovely warm winter blanket to take home.
  • Members of our education team partnered with SA Hockey Association who hosted a day for 40 ECD teachers from Vygieskraal. The theme was ‘’An active child is a healthy child’’. Our team presented Lego activities to the teachers and each teacher received a set of resources for their classroom.
  • One of our ECD learnership students dedicated her time to an underprivileged ECD centre in Manenberg. We assisted her with food parcels and Lego for each learner.

As mentioned in previous reports, ORT SA CAPE started a food relief initiative in April 2020. This initiative continues and we supply food parcels to needy families every month. Below are some testimonies to this incredible project that assists so many people during very difficult times. Thank you to CHW for the support of this food relief initiative.

"Little Stars Daycare would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your donations. It will surely help feed the hungry learners that don't get the basic needs from home." - Sandra, Principal

" I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks for the food donations which we have received. It is a big help as many of the parents are struggling. At least with this donation I can provide these children with a decent meal on a daily basis. Once again thank you." - Lena, LA Tiny Tots Educare

" What an amazing and rewarding program this is to show love in action towards our fellow humans. We are totally blessed to share with those less fortunate... I love that so many children come along and just to see their happy faces makes my heart glad. ORT SA CAPE is truly a blessing to our community and all the ECD centres and communities that are being fed through this amazing initiative. I am grateful to be part of ORT SA CAPE as a whole and I can only proclaim blessings over the wonderful and most inspirational Foundation of which I am a part of. Bless you for your love and commitment towards my community. I am grateful!" - Dawn, Manenberg Project Manager, ORT SA CAPE

Thank you to CHW for supporting our various projects that empower people and strengthen communities. ORT SA CAPE is most grateful.

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We are excited to share with you that GlobalGiving will be running its "Little By Little" campaign from Monday 12 September, starting at 5 am UK time (6 am in South Africa) and ending on 16 September. During this time, donations of up to $50 (around £41) will be matched by 50% by GlobalGiving! You are already part of this wonderful project, and have helped children in Cape Town by improving the quality of their education and providing them with food. We would be so grateful if you could share this project during the Little By Little campaign. If you can invite just one more person to contribute, this will help to continue to make a difference for the children!

Thank you again for all your support for this project, and for caring and making such a positive impact for children in various communities around Cape Town!

 

 

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With thanks to Bev for the photos included in this report.

Mandela Day: ECD learnership student at ECD centre
Mandela Day: ECD learnership student at ECD centre
Teacher training workshop
Teacher training workshop
With their certificates & course materials - 7 May
With their certificates & course materials - 7 May
Lego Playbox Workshop
Lego Playbox Workshop
Food being given to a family
Food being given to a family
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Food being given to a family
Food being given to a family

A big thank you for supporting food and education projects for children in Cape Town! Our partner organisation, ORT SA CAPE, focusses on education programmes for teachers and children, with the aim of making sure that children from disadvantaged areas receive a better quality education.

During the first lockdown in 2020, ORT SA CAPE also started a food programme, as the level of poverty rose. The food programme is continuing this year.

All of us at CHW thank you so much for your contribution towards these programmes. Below is an update from Bev at ORT SA CAPE:

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"Since the beginning of 2022, ORT SA CAPE has returned to face to face training. We have run 10 workshops in February and March for over 420 teachers. These courses included topics like Perceptual Skills, Lego Playbox and Six Bricks, Demystification of Coding and How to use Lego to enhance language development across the curriculum.

We have also continued with our monthly food relief initiative, we are currently supporting over 200 families, 6 ECD [Early Childhood Development] centres and one soup kitchen...

Part of the funding [received from CHW] allows us to supplement the food relief initiative to maintain our reach. Our food relief takes place on a monthly basis and we rely on volunteers to assist us with the distribution process. Beneficiaries collect their parcels from two central hubs and the elderly and infirm have their parcels delivered to them.

Unfortunately, the need for food relief continues and many people are desperate for assistance. We would like to continue and expand our efforts, so that vulnerable people are able to satisfy their basic needs.

Below is an email from one of our beneficiary organisations, MES – They Mould, Empower and Serve street people holistically so that they are enabled to live independent, sustainable and meaningful lives.

‘"I don’t know you yet you blessed us with SOOO much!  @ ORT SA Cape Education and Little Steps Day care, thank you for ALL the groceries, fruit, vegetables, cleaning goods and toiletries!  Our shelves were empty this morning and here your parcel arrives… Thank you ORT!... Have a lovely afternoon. Kind regards Franita"

As ORT SA CAPE’s core focus remains the training and support of teachers, we are grateful to CHW for their continued support of our education programmes. [Part of the funding from CHW] has been allocated to various teacher training initiatives allowing us to reach more teachers and expose them to the various training sessions we offer.

Educators from various ECD centres enjoyed a workshop on demystification of coding held in the ORT SA CAPE classroom at the end of February. Teachers also participated in the ‘’Purposeful Play’’ workshops we hosted in February. Each teacher received a Lego Playbox for use in their classroom. This series of workshops was held in person and on-line and over 280 teachers participated over 5 sessions. ECD practitioners participated in a LEGO Playbox session held in the ORT SA CAPE classroom on 18 March. They learned about the importance of play in early education. [Photos of the workshops are included with this report.]

ORT SA CAPE prides itself on making a meaningful difference in communities in South Africa and driving our country forward. We are extremely grateful for the continued support from CHW. Your further support will ensure that we can deliver on our promise to train and support teachers and learners in disadvantaged communities in South Africa so that a quality education is received by all."

ORT SA CAPE volunteer packing food parcels
ORT SA CAPE volunteer packing food parcels
Food being given to a family
Food being given to a family
Workshop on demystification of coding for teachers
Workshop on demystification of coding for teachers
'Purposeful Play'' workshops with Lego Playboxes
'Purposeful Play'' workshops with Lego Playboxes
Lego Playboxes workshop on the importance of play
Lego Playboxes workshop on the importance of play
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Food given to Early Childhood Development Centre
Food given to Early Childhood Development Centre

All of us at Children's Helpers Worldwide (CHW) are extremely grateful to you for choosing to support this project on GlobalGiving! Your help is making it possible to continue to support ORT SA CAPE's food and education programmes in Cape Town. Whilst ORT SA CAPE has always focussed on education, the team also started a food distribution programme during the first lockdown, as the poverty levels rose so sharply.

Below is a report from Bev:

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ORT SA CAPE's mission is the empowerment of teachers and children in disadvantaged communities, through education development and intervention at key stages in their education journey.

ORT SA CAPE’s interventions have a strong focus on play-based learning. We encourage a system where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners - placing the child at the center of the learning process in which they are active participants. Teachers are reminded that playful learning encompasses all learning areas and integrates different foundational skills for later development of literacy and numeracy skills. In the future, children will need skills like creativity, collaboration and critical thinking to a far larger extent than before, in combination with more traditional skills like reading, writing and maths.

During 2021, ORT SA Cape offered various short courses to ECD (Early Childhood Development) and Foundation Phase teachers. These courses included Robotics and Coding, Perceptual Skills, LEGO Play Box and LEGO Six Bricks.

The donations given by CHW's supporters have allowed us to offer Playbox and Six Bricks training to over 150 teachers from August to November. Below are some comments from the teachers:

‘’This kind of training will definitely benefit me and my learners’’ – Grade 1 teacher, Saldanha Bay.

‘’Integrating LEGO into my maths and language lessons will change the way I teach. The practical approach of the workshop was so valuable and I enjoyed the focus on holistic development’’ – Grade 1 teacher, Vredenburg.

‘’I never knew how much fun and learning could be achieved with LEGO, thank you’’ – Grade R [Reception] teacher, Langebaan.

ORT SA CAPE also continues to provide much needed food relief to our beneficiaries. We are supporting over 180 families, 6 ECD [Early Childhood Development] centres and 1 soup kitchen every month... The December distribution will assist people over the festive season and will be the last for 2021.

The continued support from CHW has allowed us to sustain this project since April 2020. Anecdotal evidence suggests that when families do not need to worry about where their next meal comes from, they are able to focus on other important things like job hunting and doing homework/spending time with their children.

Below is an excerpt from a letter we received from a beneficiary school:

"The Management, staff, learners & seniors of the Little Lilies Educare & Ministry hereby wish to express our heartfelt gratitude towards you for your kind donation of food parcels.

The grocery parcels truly assisted the Educare... & members in the community during this economically strained time. Many families have no form of income and the parcels is a God sent for many underprivileged families. We thank-you for your kindness towards us and for including Little Lilies Educare and the community of Manenberg in your donation drive. Thank-you for having a community heart and making a difference in the Community of Manenberg.

We appreciate your kindness ...

Yours in Community Upliftment,  Margaret, Principal, Little Lillies Educare’’

South Africa’s early childhood development (ECD) sector was crippled by the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020. ECD programmes serving the poorest children were most severely affected. By assisting these centers with food relief, they are able to support the nutritional needs of young children and focus on the much-needed educational support.

Thank you to CHW for helping us sustain our current projects as well as expand our reach to more teachers and children. Your ongoing commitment will ensure we are able to strengthen communities and change lives through education.

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Thank you again for supporting ORT SA CAPE's work through our page on GlobalGiving. This is truly appreciated.

Happy Holidays! We wish you all the very best for the New Year!

Food given to Early Childhood Development Centre
Food given to Early Childhood Development Centre
Food being given to a family
Food being given to a family
LEGO Playbox and Six Bricks teacher training
LEGO Playbox and Six Bricks teacher training
LEGO Playbox and Six Bricks teacher training
LEGO Playbox and Six Bricks teacher training
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We are very grateful to you for supporting ORT SA CAPE's food and education programmes in South Africa through our page on GlobalGiving!

Bev, the CEO of ORT SA CAPE, has given the following update and photos:

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"Since the beginning of lockdown ( April 2020) ORT SA CAPE has continued with our food relief initiative. This remains to be a lifeline for many families who continue to feel the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic and the need continues to grow. We assist 150 families as well as six ECD [Early Childhood Development] centers and one soup kitchen every month with food parcels. The donations from Children’s Helpers Worldwide allow us to continue supporting these families and schools.

Dawn, the project coordinator in Manenberg, Cape Town, said: “It continues to be a humbling experience, especially when I have to take a few moments just to hear what they have to say. We fed so much more than the...  families and... ECD Centers that the parcels were allocated to... that my dear friends is the blessing, just to be able to feed more families even though you can’t feed everyone.’’

Besides the food relief initiative, we continue to support communities with our LEGO-parent initiative. We have distributed over 20 000 sets of LEGO Six Bricks to underprivileged communities. Through this we are assisting parents to educate their children by encouraging ‘’learning through play’’.

We also continue to offer face to face training to small groups of teachers. We presented LEGO Playbox training in May, June and July to a total of 40 teachers. Each teacher receives a LEGO playbox for use in his/her classroom. This is an incredible resource that encourages development of a wide range of foundational skills in young children.

Before the ‘’third wave’’ of Covid infections hit South Africa in June, we managed to present our Perceptual Skills Course to 86 educators from the West Coast region of South Africa. [Some of] the funds... allowed for an extra facilitator as the large group of educators had to be split in order to adhere to Covid safety protocols.

We would like to thank CHW for the on-going support of ORT SA CAPE, allowing us to sustain and expand our reach."

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Thank you so much to each person who is making a difference for the children, through these food, education and teacher training programmes. We are thankful to you for supporting this project!

 

 

 

 

 

Food programme
Food programme
Food programme
Food programme
Lego Teacher Training
Lego Teacher Training
Lego Teacher Training
Lego Teacher Training
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Some of the children at Noluthu's Kitchen
Some of the children at Noluthu's Kitchen

A big thank you for supporting ORT SA CAPE's food and education programmes in South Africa, through our page on GlobalGiving.

In March, GlobalGiving held its Little by Little challenge, and bonus funding was available. We are so grateful to each person who supported the children helped by ORT SA CAPE during this challenge! In total, CHW's supporters gave £1012.21 and we received £267.24 in bonus funds too! This was such a big help for this project!

Bev from ORT SA CAPE has given the following update:

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2020 was most definitely a challenging year, one which highlighted so many inequalities that ORT SA CAPE has endeavored to address. We continue with our food relief initiative that was started in April 2020. This has proved to be a lifeline for many families who continue to feel the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic. Since January 2021, we have increased the size of the food parcels and are therefore distributing monthly and not bi-monthly. We are now supporting over 150 families every month.

This initiative will continue for as long as funding allows and we are most grateful to Children's Helpers Worldwide for their on-going support of our food relief initiative.

Dawn, a Project Manager at ORT SA CAPE, who is involved with the food programme said:

"...it makes you realize, that there is a greater reason why ORT SA CAPE is doing what they are doing, what an amazing foundation that does so much and it does not go unnoticed!! Many of the recipients told us that they share their food with more people in their family circle or with neighbors; I think that is simply awesome, realizing our people shows kindness when even they themselves are struggling."

The LEGO parent initiative continues to be a valuable resource for families of young children and to date we have donated over 18000 sets of LEGO Six Bricks to families in under resourced communities. This resource encourages ''learning through play'' and interaction between parents and their children.

With the slight easing of lockdown restrictions in South Africa on 15 February, we have been able to return to limited face to face training. We managed to present a LEGO Playbox training to a group of 12 ECD [Early Childhood Development] teachers at the end of February (pictured below).

However, the majority of our training continues to be on-line. In March we presented on-line LEGO training to over 120 teachers. LEGO resources were delivered to these teachers prior to the training sessions, which took place via Zoom (Our facilitators, Jade and Karen are pictured below presenting the on-line LEGO training).

We continue to allocate the generous donations from CHW to both our food relief and LEGO training initiatives. As well as giving food parcels to families ORT SA CAPE also helps creches and other centres. Kensington creche is one such beneficiary.

Kensington creche caters for low income families and is subsidized through fund raising and partnerships with organisations like ORT SA CAPE. They had to close down for most of 2020 due to families being unable to pay fees and have since re-opened with the help of their supporters.

The team at the creche wrote:


"We thank you most sincerely for your very generous donation of assorted groceries and vegetables... The Educare Centre is open every weekday from 07h00 which allows parents to work a full day knowing that their children are cared for and educated in a safe and nurturing environment.

With your donation, we are able to provide the pupils with daily nutritious meals. Our teachers are committed, caring and make every effort to provide the best for each pupil, especially under these very trying and difficult times. We are most grateful for the donation and appreciate your support."

Ria was a past student of ORT SA CAPE's ECD [Early Childhood Development] training. She unfortunately passed away from Covid complications in 2020. At the time of her death she was running a soup kitchen, Noluthu's Kitchen for over 200 children. We are honoured to be able to continue her dream by supporting the kitchen with food parcels every month. Her husband, called Honest, expressed his gratitude for the donation of the food parcels for the children, who were very close to Ria's heart.
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Thank you again, so much, for deciding to make a difference for the children in Cape Town!

Lego Playbox Teacher Training
Lego Playbox Teacher Training
Lego Playbox Teacher Training
Lego Playbox Teacher Training
Online Lego Training with Jade as Facilitator
Online Lego Training with Jade as Facilitator
Online Lego Training with Karen as Facilitator
Online Lego Training with Karen as Facilitator
Children at Kensington Creche
Children at Kensington Creche
Ria, who sadly passed away
Ria, who sadly passed away
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