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
Gabby with her art robot
Gabby with her art robot

Thank you very much for supporting ORT SA CAPE's science and robotics workshops through CHW and GlobalGiving! We are so grateful that you are helping disadvantaged children in Cape Town to learn about science and technology.


Recently, twenty-two children from Rooikappie's Centre in Ottery attended a workshop run by ORT SA CAPE, and sponsored by CHW's supporters. CHW had been working with Rooikappie, through another organisation in Cape Town, called The Future Factory, and we are delighted to have made this link between Rooikappie and ORT SA CAPE.

Talya and Janet from ORT SA CAPE gave the following update:

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The workshop started with some Lego Six Bricks activities. Lego Six Bricks enables the learning of colours, colour matching and colour associations, while developing critical learning skills.

Then, the children, with some assistance from their teachers and the facilitators, built and designed dancing art robots made from various materials, mainly pool noodles, a DC motor and other arts and craft materials. Once the children completed their robots, they made beautiful art that they could take home, along with their very own robot.

The children also had a play session using Lego Duplo, where they built towers that could balance on wheels.


The children were provided with a snack during their break, and the workshop was concluded with a visit to the Science Centre, where they saw a magic show.


Tamia, aged 9, reported that she really enjoyed the workshop, saying “I liked making a robot and the magic was fun. I liked the stuff I could use to make my robot look nice, although I couldn’t make my tower stand up high."


Gabby , also aged 9, was asked  about her day at ORT SA CAPE.  She said, “We played with blocks and watched a magic show. I liked the robot I made because it could move. I liked to build with the blocks and toys and the food was nice.

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Faranaaz, the Principal of Rooikappie, sent us a message, following the workshop, saying: "Thank you Children's Helpers Worldwide, Catherine Franks , ORT SA CAPE and GlobalGiving, for making it possible for us, Rooikappie Pre-School, to visit the Science Centre for a wonderful, fun learning experience. Children and staff enjoyed every moment."

All of us at CHW are very grateful for your support for ORT SA CAPE's work and for giving the children at Rooikappie the chance to attend a workshop! Without you, the children would not have had this opportunity to learn. Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Gabby constructing a tower
Gabby constructing a tower
Tamia with her art-bot
Tamia with her art-bot
Tamia building with Lego Duplo
Tamia building with Lego Duplo
Children drawing with the art-bots they decorated
Children drawing with the art-bots they decorated
Building towers on wheels with Lego Duplo
Building towers on wheels with Lego Duplo

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Phatokuhle and Mbali programming their robot
Phatokuhle and Mbali programming their robot

Thank you so much to each of you who support ORT SA CAPE's science and robotics workshops through CHW's page on GlobalGiving! You are giving children from disadvantaged communities around Cape Town the chance to learn about science and technology. 

 

Janet and Talya at ORT SA CAPE gave the following updates from a recent workshop that was sponsored by CHW's supporters:

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Recently, Mfusi Tshingilane brought in 13 children from his Kwaitos soccer club in Tambo Village, to do Robotics with ORT SA CAPE.

Robotics help to develop critical thinking, reading and listening skills, as well as hand-eye coordination.

On the day, the children built dancing bird robots using Lego WeDo. This was an introductory project, as the children had never done any robotics before. Most of the children were able to complete the building and programming of their robots.

The children also visited the Science Centre and explored the various exhibits. 

The children were provided with lunch and they throughly enjoyed the food.

Phatokuhle and Mbali, both aged 9 and in Grade 4, are part of a community building project, which is also run by Mfusi Tshingilane. They very much enjoyed the learning experience offered at ORT SA CAPE. They concentrated hard when building their robot, eager to find the correct pieces, and, working together, they were able to successfully programme their robot. 

Janet and Talya stated: "Smiles were infectious as the children's confidence and skills grew throughout the workshop. Proud of their hard work, they left feeling motivated and inspired."

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A massive thank you to each person who supports this project. Children from disadvantaged communities in Cape Town would not usually have opportunities like these. This also means that they may not know much about careers in science and technology and the workshops open their minds to new possibilities for when they are older.  Thank you for giving this opportunity to these children!

Trying to find the correct piece
Trying to find the correct piece
Creating the programme for their robot
Creating the programme for their robot
Children waiting as the netbooks are given out
Children waiting as the netbooks are given out
Children busy building and programming robots
Children busy building and programming robots
The children were provided with lunch
The children were provided with lunch

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Agxobile and Othembele constructing a carousel
Agxobile and Othembele constructing a carousel

All of us at Children's Helpers Worldwide are very grateful to you for supporting ORT SA CAPE's science and robotics workshops for disadvantaged children in Cape Town, through our page on GlobalGiving. We took part in GlobalGiving's International Youth Week Campaign and were delighted to have received donations for the workshops. Thank you to each person who gave during that campaign, and who have given at other times, throughout the past few months.

ORT SA CAPE recently ran a workshop for 20 girls from the Thope Foundation. The girls were 10 and 11 years old. This workshop was sponsored by CHW's supporters. The girls were from Khayelitsha. Janet from ORT SA CAPE explained that Khayelitsha is one of the biggest and fastest growing township in South Africa. Around 70% of residents live in shacks and one in three people have to walk 200 metres or further to access water. High school results in Khayelitsha, despite recent improvement, are still some of the worst in the province of the Western Cape. We are thankful to CHW's supporters for their contributions, enabling these girls to learn about science and technology at ORT SA CAPE.

Janet gave the following updates from the workshop:

The girls were given the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities, all related to the building of robots. Robotics helps children to develop critical thinking, reading and listening skills.

The girls built a carousel wheel using Lego WeDo instructions on touchscreen computers. The aim of the project was to use technological design principles to construct the model, and to learn about, and use, different gears and axles. The facilitators assisted participants during the design and construction process, giving them clear explanations and individual support where it was required. Some mathematics skills were required to ensure that they used pieces of the correct size and dimensions.

After building the carousel wheel, the girls had to programme the function block, which in turn instructs the robot to execute various movements. The participants were instructed to programme the carousel wheel to turn in different speeds and different directions. The girls also had to use various sensors. which makes the robot sense light, movement and tilt. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and were very engaged throughout the activity.

Agxobile is a 10-year-old, Grade 5 student who is mentored by the Thope Foundation and attends their holiday programmes. She was very engaged throughout the day and exhibited excellent critical thinking and logic in the construction of the robot.

Agxobile worked with another girl, Othembele, to construct the carousel wheel. At one point, Agxobile was able to show Othembele that she had used the incorrect Lego piece and she changed the part that was not correct. After trying to programme the carousel, it did not work straight away, but Agxobile checked for errors and was able to fix the problem. The carousel worked and Agxobile and Othembele were very happy with their success!

Agxobile had this to say about the day “Thank you ORT SA CAPE. It has been exciting. I want to come again.

A massive thank you to everyone who who has been supporting this project. You are giving disadvantaged children in Cape Town an excellent opportunity to explore science and technology through robotics. Thank you for your kindness and help!

Agxobile shows Othembele she used the wrong piece
Agxobile shows Othembele she used the wrong piece
Agxobile changes the incorrect part
Agxobile changes the incorrect part
After programming the carousel, it is not working
After programming the carousel, it is not working
It is working!
It is working!
The girls all working on programming the carousels
The girls all working on programming the carousels
Thank you for sponsoring the workshop!
Thank you for sponsoring the workshop!
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Lego 6 Bricks Activity
Lego 6 Bricks Activity

Having been able to spend time at ORT SA CAPE during my time in South Africa recently, I am able to give a personal update on how much of a difference you are making to the children at their programmes! I am truly grateful to each person who has been sponsoring the science and robotics workshops run by ORT SA CAPE.

Karen at ORT SA CAPE invited me to join her on a visit to Pinocchio Creche. Helen, who runs the creche, had reached out to ORT SA CAPE, and it looks like a promising new partnership. The creche caters to 70 children between two and six years old. It is located in Green Point and is attended mostly by the children of domestic workers. Helen's mother, Maggie Oewies-Shongwe, founded the creche. Having worked as a domestic worker from the age of nine herself, she was acutely aware of the inequality and disparities experienced by non-white labourers in South Africa. She went on to start a service addressing these workers' needs for a safe, nurturing and developmental environment for their children.

As an exciting development, CHW may help to sponsor ORT SA CAPE's activities with Pinocchio Creche and we may also form our own direct partnership with the creche too, which would allow CHW's supporters to help with other needs there. Helen and her team do amazing work and it would be wonderful to get involved.

On Mandela Day (18 July), Karen and the team from ORT SA CAPE invited me to join them again, as they ran a programme, and also made donations of food and educational materials, to the creche. Karen led Lego 6 Bricks activities with the children. It was wonderful to see this in person, after receiving updates from ORT SA CAPE on the workshops that CHW's supporters had previously sponsored! The activities allowed the children to explore colours and to build towers in different ways, both individually and in groups, and it was great to see their enthusiasm and engagement. Four children sat at each table. I helped at one of the tables, and one of the boys, Yolo, aged 5, was the fastest out of the whole creche to build towers and make the correct colour sequences. He quickly helped the others on his table during group activities. As well as doing activities directly with the children, ORT SA CAPE is planning to carry out teacher training at the creche too. 

Karen said, "ORT SA CAPE is looking forward to our budding relationship with Pinocchio creche and CHW. After our successful Mandela Day programme, we are confident that Helen and her staff will embrace the training and support we are offering. This will make a measurable difference in the lives of these special children."

GlobalGiving is holding a Youth Week Campaign starting at 2pm (UK time) on 7 August and ending on 12 August. Whilst matching funds last, donations of up to $250 will be matched. If 20 people support our project for ORT SA CAPE, and between us, we raise $2000, further bonus cash prizes will be made available by GlobalGiving. If you would like to support the children helped by ORT SA CAPE, this would be the perfect time to do so, as your help will go extra far during that week!

A huge thank you to each person who is supporting ORT SA CAPE's work. Your help is making a real difference to disadvantaged children in Cape Town.

Karen leading the 6 Bricks Activity
Karen leading the 6 Bricks Activity
Yolo, age 5, enjoying the activities
Yolo, age 5, enjoying the activities
ORT SA CAPE's director, Lydia, with the children
ORT SA CAPE's director, Lydia, with the children
Balancing blocks and building towers
Balancing blocks and building towers
ORT SA CAPE's Mandela Day donation to the creche
ORT SA CAPE's Mandela Day donation to the creche
Catherine(CHW);Helen (Pinocchio);Karen (ORTSACAPE)
Catherine(CHW);Helen (Pinocchio);Karen (ORTSACAPE)
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Shameeg with the school bus he built
Shameeg with the school bus he built

Thank you very much for helping disadvantaged children with their science education by supporting robotics workshops run by ORT SA CAPE in South Africa. A recent workshop was sponsored by a lady (who wishes to remain anonymous) who found out about this project through GlobalGiving. We are very grateful for this.

The workshop was given to thirty children, aged between four and eight, from Rooikappie Pre-School Centre. CHW has been working with Rooikappie via another of our partner organisations in Cape Town, the Future Factory, and we are delighted to have been able to link them with ORT SA CAPE. This is the second time a group of children from Rooikappie attended a science and robotics workshop.

Janet from ORT SA CAPE gave the following update from the workshop:

"The workshop started with Lego 6 Bricks activities. 6 Bricks is a cost-effective way to get age-appropriate sized manipulatives into the hands of young children to develop their sensory, physical and social skills. The concept explores fun, lively, engaging, challenging and playful ways that direct children to develop the basic critical skills they need to have mastered before the formal teaching of reading, writing and mathematics begins.

The children spent some time playing with Lego’s Charity Boxes, enjoyed lunch and visited the Cape Town Science Centre for an educational visit, science and puppet show."

One little boy, Shameeg aged 5, from the Cape Flats, a very disadvantaged area in Retreat, proudly showed off his lego creation and said "I made a bus to go to school with my friends." A little girl, Zeenat, also aged five, from the Cape Flats in Ottery, really enjoyed the activities with the lego and was guided by one of ORT SA CAPE's senior robotics facilitators whilst playing with the Lego Charity Boxes.

Faranaaz, the Principal of Rooikappie, wrote, "Thank you Children's Helpers Worldwide, ORT SA CAPE and GlobalGiving, for making it possible for us, Rooikappie Pre-School, to visit the Science Centre for a wonderful, fun learning experience. The children and staff enjoyed every moment."

We are grateful to the lady who sponsored this workshop and to each person who has contributed towards this project, to allow the continued sponsorship of workshops for children from very disadvantaged parts of Cape Town. Thank you for giving them the chance to learn about science and robotics. Without you, they would not have had this opportunity. Your kindness and generosity is very much appreciated and is making a big difference.

Zeenat and her friend with a robotics facilitator
Zeenat and her friend with a robotics facilitator
Lego 6 Bricks Activity
Lego 6 Bricks Activity
Lunch time!
Lunch time!
Lining up to enter the Science Centre
Lining up to enter the Science Centre
The group with Faranaaz and a robotics facilitator
The group with Faranaaz and a robotics facilitator
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