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Marimba training, 150 kids, Alexandra Township

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Marimba training, 150 kids, Alexandra Township
Marimba training, 150 kids, Alexandra Township
Marimba training, 150 kids, Alexandra Township
Marimba training, 150 kids, Alexandra Township
Marimba training, 150 kids, Alexandra Township

Dear Friend of Education Africa,

 

We hope you are doing well and are keeping safe. In this report we wanted to update you on all the hard work our Marimba Team has been doing during this difficult time.

Throughout lockdown Education Africa Marimba Specialist Joan Lithgow has started creating video tutorials and sending them on WhatsApp to all the educators.On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Joan sends video tutorials presenting song arrangements. On Monday she teaches the bass, Wednesday the middle section and on Friday she sends the melody and all the parts put together, which she does using the Acapella app. The educators are able to learn the song remotely as they all have dummy keyboards to work on at home.On Tuesdays and Thursdays Joan presents revision theory lessons with 3 worksheets per lesson which the educators can answer and submit to the Education Africa Marimba Assistants, Khabo Motaung and Puseletso Ramashaoi, to be marked. The educators can then use these worksheets in their lessons to the children in their hubs.

In September our amazing marimba team were finally able to go back into the hubs and start training the educators again! The educators did not let the lockdown slow them down and with Joan’s teaching they have become even better musicians. We cannot wait until they can start teaching the children all they have learnt.

We are so proud of our Education Africa Marimba team and all the work they have put in to overcome the lockdown challenges.

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Dear Friend of Education Africa

We hope you are doing well and are keeping safe. In this report we wanted to let you know how our Education Africa marimba team is overcoming challenges during the lockdown. 

Our Marimba Specialist Joan Lithgow and her team contacted all our Hub educators and completed a survey to find out how they could continue to give lessons during Lockdown. The educators unanimously voted for WhatsApp, and so Joan has started creating video tutorials and sending them on WhatsApp to all the educators.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Joan sends video tutorials presenting song arrangements. On Monday she teaches the bass, Wednesday the middle section and on Friday she sends the melody and all the parts put together, which she does using the Acapella app. The educators are able to learn the song remotely as they all have dummy keyboards to work on at home.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays Joan presents revision theory lessons with 3 worksheets per lesson which the educators can answer and submit to the Education Africa Marimba Assistants, Khabo Motaung and Puseletso Ramashaoi, to be marked. The educators can then use these worksheets in their lessons to the children in their hubs.


We are so proud of our Education Africa Marimba team and all the work they have put in to overcome the lockdown challenges. We cannot wait to hear the sounds of marimbas soon.

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Dear Friend of Education Africa,

Hello to all of you and thank you for supporting our campaign. We are very grateful and will continue to work hard on our Education Africa Alexandra Marimba Hub with your help.

51 children are attending the Hub and have reported that playing the marimbas makes them feel happy. We have now found a solution to our storage and suitable teaching venue for which we are very grateful.

Marimba playing offers emotional, physical and mental satisfaction for boys and girls and allows them to see their creative potential and increase their self-esteem. By keeping them occupied after school our Education Africa Marimba Hub program keeps the children off the streets and away from negative influences such as drug abuse, underage drinking and crime. With your help our Marimba Hub can positively impact up to 200 primary and high school children in the Alexandra community.

 

James Urdang

 

CEO & Founder

 

Education Africa

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Dear Friend of Education Africa,

Hello to all of you and thank you for supporting our campaign. We are very grateful and will continue to work hard on our Education Africa Alexandra Marimba Hub with your help.

An upskilling workshop for the educators was held at the end of October and the educators were taught new material and revised old methodologies. 51 children are attending the Hub and have reported that playing the marimbas makes them feel happy. We are still trying to find long term solutions to several challenges including storage and a suitable teaching venue that has minimum distractions.With your generous donations we can conquer these challenges and get more children to join the Hub!

Marimba playing offers emotional, physical and mental satisfaction for boys and girls and allows them to see their creative potential and increase their self-esteem. By keeping them occupied after school our Education Africa Marimba Hub program keeps the children off the streets and away from negative influences such as drug abuse, underage drinking and crime. With your help our Marimba Hub can positively impact up to 200 primary and high school children in the Alexandra community.

Wishing you and all your loved ones Happy Holidays.

James Urdang

CEO & Founder

Education Africa

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Dear Friend of Education Africa,

Hello to all of you and thank you for supporting our campaign. We are very grateful and will continue to work hard on our Alexandra Marimba Hub with your help.

A 30-hour training course was given at the beginning of July where an additional teacher from Alexandra was trained and another teacher attended for the second time to improve her skills. An upskilling workshop for the teachers is scheduled for the end of October.

At the end of June 51 children were recorded attending the Hub. Unfortunately, the Hub is situated in a public space open to all residents of Alexandra and we are still trying to find long term solutions to several challenges including storage and a suitable teaching venue that has minimum distractions. With your generous donations we can conquer these challenges and get more children to join the Hub!

Marimba playing offers emotional, physical and mental satisfaction for boys and girls and allows them to see their creative potential and increase their self-esteem. By keeping them occupied after school our Education Africa Marimba Hub program keeps the children off the streets and away from negative influences such as drug abuse, underage drinking and crime. With your help our Marimba Hub can positively impact up to 200 primary and high school children in the Alexandra community.

Thank you again for your support,

James Urdang

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