Provide Quality Education to 200 Children

by TransCape NPO
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Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children
Provide Quality Education to 200 Children


Contents

Early Childhood Development

After-School Enrichment 

Scholarship program

 

Early Childhood Development

Mdumbi Preschool is one of the sustainable projects of TransCape. Mdumbi pre-school moved from Mdbumi Backpackers to a permanent location situated at Mtyubeni location in Mankosi A/A. It was officially opened in 2019 under the supervision of our local head-man. It aims to provide good quality education to the young children of the community, as well as to provide a well-balanced diet to the children. 

The school was initially supposed to open on the 25th January 2021 but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Minister of Education only allowed schools to open on the 15th of February. This year we admitted 55 children aged 2-6 years old with 35 children in Grade N and 20 in Grade R. Due to the pre-school being closed for a large portion of 2020, we have a challenge in that many of last year’s students still cannot write numbers or letters, let alone their names. We are trying our best to educate them so that they can catch up with the school program and we are already seeing improvements.

Mdumbi pre-school is also assisting a nearby pre-school, Nonkqubela. The school supports 27 children including 14 boys and 13 girls. It is running very well with the teacher, Ntombovuyo. In May there was a volunteer called Liam who helped the Nonkqubela preschool  by building a play ground.

 The children are happy and are enjoying school. They are working hard but are also having fun with their friends. We have been doing arts and crafts with the assistance of our volunteers. The children have made different things including their own puppets. We are also lucky to have had a new jungle gym donated and the children enjoy playing on it. The children thoroughly enjoyed the Easter egg hunt we organized for Easter. We look forward to the rest of the term.

First-term ended on the 23rd of April 2021.

The second term started on the 03rd of May 2021. The progress of the children was very impressive in this term. They can count, read through pictures, write numbers as well as name the alphabet.  According to the school calendar we were supposed to close schools on the 9th of July 2021 but our government insisted the schools be closed on the 30th of June for the winter holidays because of the spike in coronavirus infection.


Afterschool Enrichment program

The afterschool program started in the year 2008. The purpose of this program is to help the children of Mankosi villages to improve in school. We are helping students to improve in English and Mathematics. Also, Art and Crafts is part of our program as we believe that this has a great effect on the child’s creative and expressive development. We also give the children access to the laptops and our volunteers teach them about Microsoft office and the Internet. We also help our scholars with their homework. Moreover, we are playing educational games with them, with these games children are developing thinking skills and problem-solving.  These games also help students who are shy to feel comfortable and they come out of their shell. 

This year we opened the school on the 15th of February. We have 45 students attending the after-school program. Children are very motivated this year and their parents are being part of this program as well. We also have students who come from Ngcobo village and Luqolweni village, these villages are far from our centre. We organized transport for these two villages that are far, to bring the children to the education centre and then take them home later that day. Unfortunately, the taxi driver was unreliable and the costs were too high. We decided that we will have Andisiwe our Afterschool teacher teach at the far villages twice a week. This way we don’t neglect the students who really want to put in the extra bit for their education.  

This year Transcape had 1 volunteer who is helping Andisiwe with the after-school program. He is helping Andisiwe a lot with computer lessons. 

Because of the Covid pandemic that is still in our country, Andisiwe divides the students into smaller groups for social distancing, and she is teaching them according to their curriculum from their formal school.

We closed the schools on the 30 of June due to increasing Covid infection in the country. We will open again when President Ramaphosa announces it. 

All in all, the afterschool program is doing well despite the pandemic. I would like to thank our donors for their support to keep this project sustainable.

Afterschool children eating snacks before their class start.

Here are some of the afterschool children doing computer lessons with our volunteers.

Scholarship Program

This program started in 2008 with three students. Ever since then the scholarship program is doing well. This year we supported 4 students, Masithembe, Gcinakazi, Nolutho and Abonga, they are all from the Mankosi area.

The learners who get the scholarship are chosen by Transcape from our afterschool program. We are looking for those who are active and doing well in their former school. We are selecting according to their background and respectful students. After selecting we look for the best possible school and organize their registrations. 

They opened the schools on the 15th of February. Masithembe is doing grade 11, Gcinakazi also grade 11, Nolutho grade 10 and Abonga passed his grade 12 and was supposed to go into tertiary education. 

Abonga applied for many different colleges and varsities to further his education but was declined in all of them. He did not pass Math in his last exams and that is one of the reasons he struggles so much to find a placement. He decided to better his results by attending a bridging course in Port Alfred or Mthatha. Unfortunately,  both schools were fully booked already. Abonga had to take a gap year because even the second round of intake in June did not go well for him. He spends the year at home at his mother's house. There he helps in his mother's shebeen and plays a lot of soccer. We encouraged him to attend the education centre and study online. 

 Gcinakazi did well in her midterm exam. She managed to pass all her subjects. She takes extra lessons on the weekend for business studies. This is not compulsory but rather a passion of hers. We encourage her to continue with her hard work and make her dreams come true.

Masithembe failed his midterm exams. That came as a surprise because he used to do very well in school. It turned out that he got bullied by older scholars in his hostel. When he finally confessed we talked to the hostel mother about this and then removed him immediately from the house. He is now in another hostel that belongs to a different school. So far he is feeling better and we are hoping he will be able to catch up. Andisiwe organized a teacher who is going to help him in mathematics during the June holidays. 

Nolutho got her first term results and she failed. I think the reason she failed is because of the subjects which are different from the former school. She is struggling with math as well like so many others. Also, the level of English is very different in the new school. We are confident that she will adapt soon to the new environment and we support her with extra math lessons.

 

Yours faithfully,  

Astrid Gifford

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Playground Mdumbi Preschool
Playground Mdumbi Preschool

Education Projects

Mdumbi pre-school is one of the sustainable projects at TransCape. It aims to provide good quality education to the entire community, to provide shelter for children aged two to six years old in the Mankosi and surrounding villages as well as to provide a well-balanced diet to the children. Due to the pandemic, the school opened on 15 February. This year we admitted fifty-five children aged two - six years old with thirty-five children in Grade N and twenty in Grade R. Mdumbi pre-school is also assisting a nearby pre-school, Nonkqubela. The school supports twenty-seven children including fourteen boys and thirteen girls. For obvious reasons many of last year’s students are facing challenges and we are trying our best to catch them up. Under the circumstances, they are doing very well. They are working hard but also have fun with arts and crafts with our volunteers. We are also lucky to have had a new jungle gym donated and the children are loving it. We look forward to the rest of the term.

After school Enrichment program

The purpose of this program is to help the children of Mankosi villages to improve in English, Mathematics, Art, Crafts, and Computer Literacy. We also assist with homework and play educational games which develop thinking skills and improve in brain development. Due to the pandemic, this year the school opened on 15 February with forty-five students in attendance. This year students are coming from as far as Ngcobo village and Luqolweni village as we have organized transport for them. We have one volunteer who is helping particularly with computer lessons. Due to the pandemic, the students are divided into smaller groups for social distancing. All in all, the after-school program is doing well considering the pandemic.

This year we supported 4 students, Masithembe, Gcinakazi, Nolutho, and Abonga, they are all from the Mankosi area. The learners who get the scholarship are chosen by Transcape from our after-school program. We look for those who are active and doing well in school. After selecting we look for the best possible school and organize their registrations. Masithembe is doing grade 11, Gcinakazi also in grade 11, Nolutho grade 10, and Abonga passed his grade 12 but did not get the school because there was a delay in his applications. We have re-applied for the late applications. These three students are doing well and there are no results for the first quarter yet.

 

We would like to thank you from the bottom of our heart for your ongoing support!!

Without you, we would be nothing.

Yours Astrid Gifford

Inside the classroom in Mdumbi
Inside the classroom in Mdumbi
Afterschool Enrichment activities
Afterschool Enrichment activities
Afterschool Enrichment activities
Afterschool Enrichment activities
Nolutho our new scholarship student
Nolutho our new scholarship student
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Pre-school kids
Pre-school kids

Education Center Progress Report

 

The Education Center provides quality education and healthy nutrition for 200 children in Mankosi.

As the world changed when Covid-19 arrived, people in our community were also suddenly thrown into a completely new way of life. This was scary and unprecedented, yet this is the type of thing TransCape is constantly preparing people. Our education center was able to give the children the skills to cope and to thrive despite challenges that life inevitably throws their way.

All ages are cared for through our Preschool center which takes care of children age 4 – 7 years old and our After-school enrichment center for Grade 3 to 9. We also provide scholarships for older children to access good education in the bigger centers like Mthatha.

After-school Enrichment Center

The education center closed due to Covid-19 at the end of March 2020. We re-opened the Afterschool program on the 1st of August 2020. We made sure that all the teachers and students are safe by providing masks and visors and disinfection spray. Social distancing is difficult in the little classroom but Andisiwe our headteacher made sure that the pupils are spaced 1.5m away from each other when learning. The After-school Enrichment Center helps the pupils to improve their English and Maths. Andisiwe also incorporates the Arts and Crafts in her lessons to enhance creative thinking and boost inspiration.

Preschool Centers

The Preschool centers opened their doors on the 12th of October again. The teachers and parents decided to admit the Grade R classes only. These 6-year-old children will have to pass their assessment at the end of 2020 to graduate and go into Grade 1 at the local Junior school, Sikhoma.

90% of brain development takes place before the age of six, making these the most important years for adequate nutrition, support, and stimulation. At TransCape ECD centers we offer a curriculum that stimulates development from early on in a child's life and we have seen notable results. Nolutho, Nokubonga, and Ntombovuyo our ECD teachers are champions in creating a supportive learning environment. Not only do they teach the kids basic literacy skills and Maths but also integrate the development of social-emotional skills.

The graduation celebration will take place in a small circle this year on the 8th of December.

Interviews and admission for the new year start on the 30th of November for 3 days.

Scholarship Program

The scholarship program selects promising students from the Afterschool enrichment program and provides them with the option to go to a better school in town to do Grade 10-12 and one tertiary year. In 2020 we have 4 students.

Gcinakazi and Masithembe started their first-year scholarship year, with TransCape, in January 2020. It has not been an easy year but luckily the school we chose for them is a private school and they were able to open up earlier this year in July 2020 again. Due to the social distance regulations, the students attend only 3 days a week, alternating with other students to prevent overcrowding in the classrooms. TransCape made sure they are equipped with a smartphone and data to stay in contact with their teachers and receive lessons, learning material, and feedback on their off days. Masithembe’s hostel gave us problems as the matron decided not to cook for the children anymore. Masithembe has to organize his food now and we are scared he will live on unhealthy fast food. Our project manager Andisiwe is busy looking for an alternative option for him.

Abonga is doing Grade 12 in Dalindyebo High School in Mthatha. He had it the worse in that school, as it was continuously interrupted by Covid-19 regulations, strikes, and fights between the teachers and the government. Grade 12 is his final year in school and he is busy writing exams. We can just hope that he has managed to catch up on all the subjects. TransCape has provided him with extra funds to pay for extra classes.

Sibusisiwe is studying Public Management in the TVET college in East London. She is doing her 3. Semester and this will be her last year with us, as a scholarship student. The college resumed classes on campus on the 29th of June 2020, after a long break due to Covid-19. She has been studying hard and we are sure she will pass her exams again with flying colors. At the moment she is busy writing her final exams.

 

We are so proud of our staff and pupils to have survived this difficult year of 2020.

We would like to express our gratitude to all of you. We understand that funds are a problem all around the world right now. Thank you for your selfless support and care for our kids in Mankosi!

Lots of Love and have a blessed Christmas!

Yours Astrid

Nongkubela preschool
Nongkubela preschool
Afterschool enrichment class
Afterschool enrichment class
Gcinakazi our scholarship student
Gcinakazi our scholarship student
Masithembe our scholarship student
Masithembe our scholarship student
Sibusisiwe our scholarship student
Sibusisiwe our scholarship student
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Scholarship students learning at home
Scholarship students learning at home

 

Introduction

None of us could have predicted we would find ourselves living through unprecedented times such as these. The blow to the rural areas and its health systems is severe and the lack of relief support from government is deeply concerning. TransCape NPO and all the projects have to adjust dramatically and find ways to navigate unchartered territory. When Covid-19 arrived in South Africa the president decided on a harsh lockdown to protect the people of the country. We had to close all education projects on the 27th of March 2020 and we have not re-opened yet as the country is reaching its peak in COVID-19 infections at the moment.

Mdumbi Preschool

Mdumbi Preschool is part of the Early Childhood Development program of Transcape NPO. This year, we have 51 children in Grade 0 and Grade R.

We were able to buy some new educational materials for our classrooms. Puzzles, games and threading materials, posters about our body and animals, and numbers. The teachers were very happy about the new equipment, and the kids can develop their fine motor skills, number sense, and language skills while playing.

Nonkqubela preschool:

Nonkqubela preschool is a satellite school supported by TransCape. They have 2 teachers. Ntombovuyo and Sinothando are teaching 26 children this year. Our volunteers Franzi and Julian were able to fundraise for a toilet for the school and we are happy to report that we have enough money to build a long drop outbuilding. The men of the community are very active and will support the school by digging the hole and installing the toilet house.

 Afterschool-Enrichement Program

Since 2008, TransCape is offering an after school enrichment program for pupils who go to the local school. The aim is to supplement the knowledge of English, Mathematics, Computer Skills, and Arts. Through educational activities and games, the pupils develop valuable think skills and problem-solving.

At the beginning of the afterschool year, we had to assess and register the participating students. The number is increasing. In total 55 students attend afterschool in 2020 from which 21 students are in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5, 20 students in grades 6 and 7, and 14 students in grades 8 and 9.

 Scholarship Program

On the 18th of March, all schools and Universities closed because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Since then the Department of Education was trying to re-open the schools, especially for the Grade 12, but it has been a rollercoaster ride. Teachers are scared to go back to school and so are the parents of the children. The minister of education has to listen to the unions and closed the schools again after they re-opened in July. The hygienic circumstances in schools are poor as many have no water. The government struggles to supply Personel Protective Equipment and sanitizers.

It has been a very upsetting and uncertain time for us and the students. We have to wait and see how this situation pans out and await day to day.

Sibusisiwe

Sibusisiwe is in East London at Buffalo City College studying Public management. She is doing 4 modules at the moment. Entrepreneurship and business management, Management communication, Computer Practice Level 4, and Public Administration. She passed all her modules with 62%-68%. We are very proud of her. She spent the period of the lockdown at home in her village. The college did not offer any online classes nor support. Sibusisiwe will return to college on the 6th of July to continue with her studies. TransCape will continue to support her until the end of 2020. Then her scholarship will come to an end after 4 years of support to make space for upcoming, promising youngsters.   

Abonga

Abonga is doing Grade 12 in Dalindyebo High School in Mthatha. He passed his grade 11 and was promoted to grade 12 with 48%. He struggles in Maths and we have arranged extra classes for him to improve his marks. Abonga is interested in Computer science and is planning to study IT-related subjects further in his schooling career.

When his school closed in March due to Covid-19 he came home to his village and studied at home. We printed his study material for him and he tried to teach himself as good as he could. Dalinyebo school did not offer a lot of support during this difficult time. The grade 12th was supposed to resume school on the 1st of June 2020. When Abonga arrived at his hostel he was told that the teachers are going on strike. The next day the teachers barricaded the school and burned stuff outside. They did not want to take the risks of getting infected by the virus. All students returned home. Abonga was very disheartened because the chance for him to finish matric this year is very slim.

Abonga went back to school on the 6th of July and then his school was closed again on the 24th of July, as ordered by the minister of Education. The schools will stay closed for 3 weeks.

Gcinakazi  and Masithemba

We have two new scholarship students this year. Gcinakazi and Masithemba are going to St. Martin’s School in Mthatha. We made sure that they are in a friendly environment and the boarding houses seem nice and the food is nutritious and healthy.

The first year is always the hardest as the students need to adjust to the new teachers and also the standard of English spoken in school. Gcinakazi passed all her subjects in the first term and presented us with a nice report. Masithemba failed Maths but did otherwise ok. We arranged for both of them to have extra Maths classes.

Gcinakazi and Masithemba also came home in the middle of March when the school closed because of the pandemic. TransCape supplied two laptops for them to continue learning online. Andisiwe supervised them in her house. We also arranged a qualified Math teacher to give them lessons 3 times a week for 6 weeks, to help them catch up on their Maths. They returned to school on the 27th of July. Let's hope the school stays open.

 

We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support. Without you, non of this would be possible. 

Yours Astrid Gifford

 

 

 

Sibusisiwe our scholarship student
Sibusisiwe our scholarship student
Abonga our scholarship student
Abonga our scholarship student
Preschool work
Preschool work
Pupil from school having a peek
Pupil from school having a peek
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TransCape's board members
TransCape's board members

Mdumbi Preschool Report from January to March 2020

Mdumbi Preschool is part of the Early Childhood Development program of Transcape NPO. This year, we have 51 children in grade 0 and grade R. The first term started on the 15th of January and ended on the 18th of March. We had to close early because of the Corona virus outbreak.

As always at the beginning of a new year, the new children struggle a bit to adjust to the new circumstances. Some cry when they get dropped off at school but they get used to it quickly and everything is normal again.

Nokubonga, our Grade 0 teacher was pregnant and went on maternity leave on the 21st of February. She gave birth on the 17th of March to a healthy boy. She will be back at school on the 21st of May. Meanwhile, we employed a substitute teacher from Nonkubela school to relieve her.

We were able to buy some new educational materials for our classrooms. Puzzles, games and threading materials, posters about our body and animals and numbers. The teachers were very happy about the new equipment, and the kids can develop their fine motor skills, number sense, and language skills while playing.

On the 4th of March we had visitors from Germany. The Choir „Imbongi“ Voices of Africa helped us to build the school garden in 2008. It was nice to see them again and they remembered our teachers as well.

Nonkqubela preschool:

Nonkqubela preschool is a satellite school supported by TransCape. They have 2 teachers, Ntombovuyo and Sinothando are teaching 26 children this year. The teachers asked TransCape to help with extending the school. They need a second classroom and inside toilets. We have applied for a grand at the German Embassy and we should receive a reply at the end of March.

We hope the COVID-19 disease can be controlled soon. We will stay closed until the lockdown is lifted. So far the president ordered us to stay at home until the 30th of April.

 

 

Afterschool Report January to March 2020

Introduction:

The afterschool program started in 2008. The purpose of the program is to help the children from Mankosi village to improve in school. This afterschool year started on the 15th of January. Andisiwe, our teacher is helping the students to improve in English, Mathematics, Arts and Craft and also helping them with their home work. Moreover, we are playing educational games. With these games, they are developing thinking skills and improving brain development.

At the beginning of the afterschool year, we had to assess and register the participating students. The number is increasing. In total 55 students attend afterschool in 2020 from which 21 students are in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5, 20 students in grades 6 and 7 and 14 students in grades 8 and 9.

Troy is a new volunteer who is helping us to speak more English in class. With Franzi and Julian, Troy is the third volunteer in the afterschool program. He is encouraging the students not to be shy but to speak English. We are also reading stories with the students. After reading the story, the students are dramatizing the story. They enjoy this way of learning. It helps the students to speak.

On Fridays, all students come to afterschool because it is the Arts and Crafts day. By doing Arts and Craft they develop small muscles and creativity. It is fun for the students after a hard school week.

All in all, afterschool is doing well because the number of students is increasing. We help the children to become better in school. We had to close the term early because of the Corona virus outbreak. We have to stay closed until the 17th of April. Hopefully, by then the virus is going to be under control.

Scholarship Program Report

Introduction:

Since February 2020 we have a new Scholarship Program Manager. Jay resigned and Andisiwe,our Afterschool teacher took over.

Because of the Coronavirus, the schools closed early on the 18th of March. They will hopefully reopen on the 17th of April if we get COVID-19 under control.

As of January 2020, we have 4 scholarship students.

Sibusisiwe is in East London at Buffalo City College studying Public management. She is doing 4 modules at the moment. Entrepreneurship and business management, Management communication, Computer Practice Level 4 and Public Administration. She passed all her modules with 62%-68%. We are very proud of her. She has one more term left with TransCape’s scholarship program.

Abonga is doing Grade 12 in Dalindyebo High School in Mthatha. He passed his grade 11 and was promoted to grade 12 with 48%. He struggles in Maths and we have arranged extra classes for him to improve his marks.

We have two new scholarship students this year. Gcinakazi  and Masithembe are going to St. Martin’s School in Mthatha. We made sure that they are in a friendly environment and the boarding houses seem nice and the food is nutritious and healthy.

The first year is always the hardest as the students need to adjust to the new teachers and also the standard of English spoken in school. Gcinakazi passed all her subjects in the first term and presented us with a nice report. Masithemba failed Maths but did otherwise ok. We arranged for both of them to have extra Maths classes next term.

We had to say good bye to Musa and Matsidiso as they failed their grade and were not promoted.  

Conclusion

We would like to thank you from the bottom of our Hearts for your support toward the Education Programs.

Without you we would not be able to do the good work!

Yours truly,

Astrid Gifford

Aerial picture of the Education center
Aerial picture of the Education center
Scholarship student Abonga
Scholarship student Abonga
Scholarship student Sibusisiwe
Scholarship student Sibusisiwe
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Preschool child
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