Sis Nomathemba's Playgroup with their new Toy Kit
In our last report we promised to update you about the Educational Resource Kit we purchased for the Emthonjeni in Monwabisi Park. This kit consists of educational toys and forms an integral part of a quality early childhood development programme: it promotes and strengthens the development of fine and gross motor skills.
Why is this important? Meet Fikile.
Fikile is a 5-year-old boy from Monwabisi Park with dreams of becoming a fireman. In order for him to achieve his dream he has to attend a playgroup at an Emthojeni regularly to build the muscles in his fingers and arms.
Every morning as soon as he hears the cheerful voices of his fellow playmates on their way to the Emthonjeni, Fikile hides away. Sis Nomathemba, the ECD teacher, had regularly confronted Fikile’s mum to understand why he was not attending the playgroup.
One day on her way home, Sis Nomathemba was passing Fikile’s home when she noticed Fikile playing alone on the pathway trying to grasp at a stone. She stood still and quietly observed that Fikile was experiencing difficulty in doing so. Sis Nomathemba had immediately realized that Fikile’s lack of attendance at playgroup was because his under- developed fine motor skills . The development of fine motor skills ensures a child’s ability to write, draw , work on puzzles and manipulate tiny objects.
The educational resource kit we could purchase has had a great impact on Sis Nomathemba’s playgroup. Fikile no longer hides away out of shame for not been able to pick up stones or grasp a pencil.
It is amazing to see how Fikile and his friends develop as they learn through play. Fikile’s dream of becoming a fireman will one day be realized.
Fikile and his friend at a playgroup session
Storytime with Sis Nomathemba