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
After-school enrichment program
After-school enrichment program

Introduction

Education forms an essential part of TransCape’s vision, to provide a hub of information for the community to make healthy and informed choices, to better the future for all, in a justly managed environment.

We are very fortunate to have long term, committed partners like yourself, to make dreams come true. TransCape’s new education center is located in the heart of the community

 

Four main projects are run at the centres at the moment.

  1. Pre-schools for Early Childhood Development (ECD)
  2. After-School Enrichment Classes for Maths, English and Computer Skills
  3. Running and Reading, Tshani junior Athletic Club
  4. Scholarships

Pre-schools

The second six months of the preschool year 2019 started on the 9th of July. In our last parent meeting before the schools closed, we discussed the implementation of school uniforms with the parents and they agreed on buying them for their children. On the opening day most of the children wore their uniforms, as per agreement. The purpose of the uniforms was that we were planning to visit Mthatha on a school trip.

 

On the 18th of July, our volunteers organized another beach clean-up day for the Pre-school kids. We drove the kids down to the beach; and read them the story, one of the volunteers has written about a fish, who couldn’t find his friends because of all the trash in the sea. We asked our children to help us collect the rubbish from the beaches, so it does not end up in the sea and pollutes the ocean even more. The children were very enthusiastic and we cleaned up for two hours. We found an injured penguin on the beach and took it home to nurse it. We collected 6 big bags of plastic which was taken to the recycler in Mthatha.

On the 27th of July we celebrated the official opening of our new Education centre. The headman of Mankosi joint the festivities and honoured us when he cut the ribbon and held a beautiful speech about the advancements in education because of the Education projects of TransCape. The new center will be names TransCape Education Center. (TEC)

 

On the 23rd of August we went on our school trip to Mthatha museum, Mthatha airport, Mthatha community radio, Mthatha nature reserve and Super Games.

The children enjoyed to see the animals at Mthatha museum and from there we went to Mthatha community radio. Two children, a boy and a girl, talked on the radio. They greeted their parents at home and we went to the airport to see an airplane landing and starting. From there we went to the nature reserve where we saw living animals like zebras, impala and springboks. We ate a picknick lunch in the park and then went on to the Super Games. The children enjoyed to play the games. It was fun and they did not want to go home. We came back in the evening.

On the 30th of July, our headteacher and our volunteers went to the international Eco-School workshop in Coffee Bay. The purpose of the workshop was to align our school with the requirements to enter it into the group of WESSA Eco schools.

The Eco-Schools programme is an international programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that was developed to support environmental learning in the classroom. The programme is active in 67 countries around the world and has been implemented in South Africa since 2003 by WESSA. The programme is aimed at creating awareness and action around environmental sustainability in schools and their surrounding communities as well as supporting Education for Sustainable Development in the national curriculum. With over 50% of the content in some CAPS subjects being environmental in nature, Eco-Schools makes a positive contribution towards improving education in South Africa.

In September, we started doing assessments with the children. They have to name the alphabet and the sounds of the letters as well as numbers and counting.

Our German volunteers left on the 27th of August after spending one year with us. We will miss them a lot. Two new volunteers arrived, alsofrom Germany. We are very happy for the extra hands and they fit in perfectly. They are very smart and speak well English which makes communication easy.

The third term ended on the 20th of September for spring holidays. We resumed school on the 1st of October.

In the beginning of October, our headteacher managed to organize the Department of Health to come and check all our kids „Road of Health“charts and gave out necessary vaccinations and vitamins.

Our volunteer from Australia, who is a professional carpenter, build a beautiful playground for our children at the school. We now have swings, a slide, climbing walls, balancing beams, monkey bars, see-saws and robe gardens to improve upper body strength, coordination, balance and body awareness.

The highlight of the fourth term was the Grade R graduation event. It took place on 21st of November. A lot of parents came. They celebrated their kids getting the certificate. 26 kids graduated and are ready to start a new chapter at the local school Sikhoma.

 

Nongqubela preschool

Nongqubela pre-school is a satellite pre-school in Mankosi. The headteacher teaches children age 3-6. This year she had 34 children at the school.

Through sponsorship she was able to further her education in Early Childhood Development this year. She attended Masikhule college in Mthatha to receive her level 5 ECD certificate. She did very well and we can see major improvements in the classroom.

After-school enrichment program

The After-school Enrichment (ASE) Program was started by Transcape NPO in 2008 to support the educational development of students in the form of extra classes. The ASE program is used to support and improve on the education received at Government schools. Children from the Mankosi community use the ASE program daily for assistance with homework, receive extra classes on various subjects such as Maths and English as well as using creative classes to improve skills such as conversational English. The ASE program is used to build confidence within the students and help students obtain higher grades at school.

We have got more the 50 students attending the program this year.

Firstly, we want to mention that our After school teacher attended training for a week with our partner organization Thanda to improve her teaching skills.

Thanda is a community-based organization that provides innovative solutions for sustainable development. Together we aim to create safer, stronger communities by providing educational and skills-building opportunities to individuals. The mission is to empower people to create positive change – change in individuals, change in their communities and eventually changes that impact the world.

Our After-school teacher learned a lot about teaching crafts, reading stories to the children and playing new games in the after school. She brought these skills to her lessons and even those children who are shy opened up and engaged positively in all activities. Thanda’s facilitators visited the After school on a regular bases and observed the classes. They very happy with the results and so are we.  

Our new German volunteers are helping in the Afterschool program as well. They continued with the pen pal project so our students can email their pen friends in Germany on a weekly basis. This exercise aims to improve their written English and computer skills.

 

On 28th of November, we celebrated the after-school closure for the year 2019. The kids had a lot of fun creating crowns. They also played games on the new playground and had some party snacks to celebrate their achievements.

When school closed on the 5th of December, our volunteers organized a lovely holiday program for the children. We played a two-day soccer and netball tournament. Then everyone had lunch together.

 

All in all, the ending six months were very eventful. The program is doing well and we will continue helping the children in their development.

 

Running and Reading, Tshani Athletic Club

On the 7th of September the children went to Mthatha to run in the Walter Sisulu University 10km challenge. It was a fast race producing some quick times and the children all finished top 10 and received medals in their respective age groups. The Vice Principle of Sikoma Junior School chaperoned the children and he is very passionate about running and is also involved and works closely with the Department of Sports and recreation. It is great to keep making more contacts and this helps growing the interest among the youth. There was also a holiday program set up for the kids. The itinerary alternated between running and soccer and netball and it ended on the last Saturday of the school holiday with a fun 5km race. The children were fed throughout the program as these young athletes expend a lot of energy.

 

On the 5th of October we took 10 kids to participate in the Ocean View Hotel Trail run in Coffee Bay. The route was a very technical 10 km race which saw our juniors excel in the race as they are conditioned for the tough terrain. Our junior boys took home the honours overall and the girls did the same in the women’s category, they received goodie bags and T-shirts along with medals, prizes and even clothes. The day was super fun and juniors really enjoyed the day as they saw the Hole in the Wall for the first time and all had a swim and lounged by the pool after the run.

 

Our running coach has started his own Non-Profit Organization which is called Sport to Life and we wish him well in his new venture. He will take with him what he has learnt from working with Transcape NPO, we also have offered assistance if he needs help with admin and any other advice etc. This leaves a massive void as he was a mentor / father figure for the children and it will be difficult to replace him with someone who exudes as much passion as he does. In the new year we are holding interviews for a new coach to take on the responsibility.

Scholarship students

The scholarship program has got 4 scholarship student attending various schools in the Eastern Cape.

1.

I’m S. S. I was born on the 27 May 2001 in Ngqeleni in the rural areas of Tshani. I’m sister to an eight-year-old boy and a 5 year old girl, we all depend on my Mom’s social grant for a living.

I attended my Primary and junior in Sikhoma Junior Secondary school, I was awarded a Transcape scholarship in 2016 where I went to attend my High School in Dalindyebo Senior Secondary school. I’m currently the Student at Buffalo City College where I’m doing my first year in Public Management.

When I look back on the past 3 years I can say that it was a great experience for me to be able to be in a position that I can actually acquire high quality education and meet new people from different places. Currently at School I’m doing so well and the subjects that I enjoy the most is Computer practice, Communication and Entrepreneurship/ Business Management, but I struggle with Public Administration but I do attend Extra Classes to ensure that I improve.

The reason that I chose Public Management is because I want to improve the quality and efficiency of services delivered by public Organizations. I’m so good in communicating with people and enjoy working with people. Apart from school activities I also enjoy ladies Soccer and dancing, I attend dance classes every Friday.

In the Future I want to be an independent woman that runs her Own Business, I want to help to change the status Quo of the Country by creating job opportunities and also ensuring that people within and Outside of my Area understand the importance of managing the business and being a community person. I want to inspire others to understand and have an example that a person can come from nothing and be something.

2.

My Name is A. M. and I'm 17 years old. I live with my mother and my 2 siblings. My mother runs a small tavern and that’s where we only receive income for survival.

My two siblings are still young and Junior students and I'm the only one who is in High School. I'm in the 11th grade now in Dalindyebo Senior Secondary School. At School I enjoy Computer Application Technology, Geography, English First Additional Language but I struggled with Mathematics and Life Sciences.

I have been a Transcape beneficiary for 2 years, ''I don’t take this opportunity for granted'' because my mother wouldn’t have had the money to send me to a better school. Transcape made that dream come true, it has been a dream for me to one day go to study at a better school.

Apart from school activities, I am a very socially orientated person, I like seeing my community clean, I sometime go alone around picking up plastics and bottles and I’m also a rapper and I sing in a band. I like Computers, in the future I see myself as Computer Scientist. It is my wish to one day have enough funds so that I can help my mother grow her small business.

 

 

 

3.

 

My name is M. J., I was born in a small town calls Ngqeleni, Tshani location Mankosi A/A, where the Non-Profit Organization named Transcape is based. I was born on the 05 February 2002. I lived with my mother for a few years before she passed away. Then I had to move to my grandmother’s house.

I started being a student at Transcape Preschool far earlier than others. Because of my poor background and hunger for education, I was awarded a scholarship with TransCape, after I graduated from Transcape Preschool.

I attend my grade 1 in one of the better schools in Mthatha, and currently I'm a Grade 10 student. This is my first year in High school, I like the environment and the nature of my school in Maclear and how professional my teachers are. Unfortunately, I was not promoted into Grade 11 this year.

In school I enjoy Geography, Tourism and Maths and I struggle a lot with the languages and that is Afrikaans and English home Languages. But I do believe that these languages require more time and attention and that is what I’m planning to focus on next year.

At school I play Rugby for the first team. It is my dream to one day be successful and have enough so that I can take good care of my grandmother and thank Transcape for this great opportunity that changed my life for the better. In the future I see myself working as a Tourist Manager and/ or as a famous successful rugby player.

I beg Transcape to keep supporting me until I achieve my goals.

 

 

 

5.   

 

My name is M. P., I am 16-year-old girl from Ngqeleni Tshani village in Mankosi A/A. I am a Grade 11 student in Dalindyebo secondary school and unfortunalty I was not promoted into Grade 12 this year.

I live with my mother and two siblings. My mother doesn’t have a stable job but she tries her best to ensure that we go to bed with something in our stomach and now that my sister is grown, she also contributes the little that she gets.

The subjects that I like in school is Computer Application Technology because the teacher ensures that everybody understands it and she explain it very well. I struggle with Mathematics and Life sciences but I attend extra classes and also practice on my own.

In the future, I view myself as a professional Nurse; I plan to open my own clinic. Here in my community people have to travel long distances to meet a nurse or just for a minor thing, I want to close that gap. I beg Transcape to continue to support me so that I can achieve my goals.

 

 

 

New scholarship students for 2020

In 2020 we want to admit two new scholarship students who were selected by our After-school teacher. These two students showed real enthusiasm for learning and delivered excellent reports.

 

G. N. Is a 16-year-old girl from Ngqeleni currently doing Grade 9 in Sikhoma Junior secondary school.

She lives in Nkumandeni location with her aunt. She depends on her for everything. The aunt isn’t working; they depend on social grants to survive. The subjects she most enjoys are; Economics and management sciences, Mathematics, isiXhosa, English and Life Orientation. She struggles with mathematics and EMS but she gets assistance from her peers that are doing better than her in these subjects.

Apart from school activities, she enjoys playing netball. When she heard that she won a scholarship from Transcape she was very happy. Her aunt cried when she heard the good news that G. will be going to a better high school in Mthatha calls St. Martins.

She doesn’t take this opportunity for granted, she will make sure that she works hard and passes all her subjects with flying colours. In the future she sees herself as a doctor and she want to put her family in a comfortable position.

 

 

M. M. was born on the 17/12/2002 in Libode which is a small town. He grew up in this small town with his father who is working as a house builder. His mother is working for TransCape non-profit organisation as after school enrichment programme teacher since March 2008. The most struggling person of his parents in terms of regular family income is his father because he does not have a permanent job. Over and above that his mother who’s teaching in TransCape education centre does not have enough money to support her son’s education and other three children that are M.’s siblings. However, M. moved to live with his mother in Mankosi community two years ago and he started to join TransCape education centre after school enrichment programme. He loves being taught by his mother, not just that BUT also started to bond with his mother and they grew close. He enjoyed extra Maths classes, English, computer basic skills which are offered by TransCape education centre.

M. has been voted by the school teachers as one of the students that deserve the scholarship programme, this is due to his great school performance in his junior secondary school called Sikoma Junior secondary School and yet has revealed the same performance in TransCape education centre. He really performs well in Maths, Languages and Life Orientation as a result of that he has been awarded for Maths as a top student in his class this year. M. want to be a police man, to be a good police man he needs to go to the better high school to expand his knowledge that will be followed by university studies. He will be going to St. Martins High school in Mthatha.

 

One of our past scholarship student’s story

E. N. was born in Ngqeleni a small town nearby. He was raised by a single Mom here in Mankosi. He has got two siblings.

He religiously attended TransCape’s After-school program and was awarded a scholarship in 2014. We send him to St. Martins High school in Mthatha, where he excelled.

We supported him for 3 years in High school and first year University. He chose to study at Walter Sisulu University, Business Management. He was inspired by successful entrepreneurs like Dan Lok and Jack Mda. E. says he feels they worked very hard for their successes and were rewarded with a great future for themselves and their families.

Because of his commitment and dedication for his learning he stood out from the crowd and was the best student of his grade. He was nominated by the university to take part of the Emerging Entrepreneurs workshop in October 2019. The workshop was held by South African Technology Network. The main aim of the workshop was to bring successful students from all over South Africa together and learn about the business world, its challenges and industry barriers but also about the success stories and great leadership.

E. wants to apply his gained knowledge and enter into the world of entrepreneurship. He finished his university course as one of the strongest and wants to apply for business funding to start his own company.

We wish him all the best and wee sure we will see him succeed.

We would like to thank all our sponsors from the bottom of our hearts for the continues support you are giving to our Education endeavours. We are honoured that you choose us to receive your gifts.

Sincerely yours,

Astrid Gifford (MD)

 

New playground
New playground
Environmental action
Environmental action
Pre school teacher graduated in ECD Level 5
Pre school teacher graduated in ECD Level 5
Graduation of Grade R
Graduation of Grade R
Computer skills at the After school enrichment
Computer skills at the After school enrichment
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New Playground
New Playground

Introduction

2019 has been flying for all of us at TransCape NPO. Maybe because it has been such an eventful three months? It seems just like yesterday that we send our 6 months reports to you.

This 3-months update reports serve as short and crisp informs of our educational programs.

We hope you enjoy the read and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Yours Astrid Gifford

Managing Director and Treasurer

 

Mdumbi Pre school

The third term began on the 9th of July. Before the school closed the teachers and the parents agreed to invest into school uniforms for the preschool children. The main reason for the new clothing was the idea to take the children on regular school outings from now on. On the 23rd of August the whole pre-school went to Mthatha to visit the museum, the community radio station, the airport, the nature reserve and the mall. The trip was extremely educational and also exciting for the children. Two of our children spoke on the radio and greeted their parents as home. The kids were fascinated by the stuffed antelopes and buffalo at the natural history museum. All the children clung to the fence at the airport with great excitement to observe the plane landing and taking off again. For the first time the children had a chance to lay eyes on alive African animals like zebra and springboks at the Luchaba Nature reserve. Finally, in the mall they got see the bright lights of the game arcade. What a day! They had sooo much fun and didn’t want to go home.

We are happy to report the installation of a brand-new playground at the Education Center. Designed and build by a volunteer from Australia who came to join us for one month. We have swings, climbing walls, balancing beams, monkey bars, see-saws and robe gardens to improve upper body strength, coordination, balance and body awareness.

Our dear volunteers from Germany had to say good bye after one year in the preschool. Their year was up and we welcomed two new volunteers from Germany. The teachers are very happy with the new volunteers as they easily integrated in the team and their English is well developed.

In the beginning of September, the teachers started with assessments. The children were asked to show off their knowledge about the sounds of the alphabet and also count numbers to 100. It went very well.

We closed for Spring holiday on the 20th of September for 10 days.

 

After School Enrichment program

The After-School program started in 2008 and takes place every day in the afternoon at 4pm for one and a half hours. The program aims to improve the student’s English and Maths skills. Our teachers assist with homework as well. Through the additional attention we see great progress in those difficult subjects.

This term, our teachers attended another Thanda workshop. Thanda is a partner NPO of Transcape. They provide workshops and seminars for teachers to further improve their teaching skills. Our teacher learned a lot and was brilliant in implementing her new knowledge. Thanda field workers come out to visit and observe her in the classroom setting. They were very happy with her classes. Most astounding was that the shy children came out of their shell and engaged into meaningful activities through new applied teaching techniques. Reading more stories, playing language and math games and arts and crafts had a lovely positive effect of the learners.

Our new German volunteers, continue with our new English activity. The students have Pen Pals in German high schools, who they can email while at After school class. The aim is to practice written language in English and exchange cultural backgrounds and stories. Being exposed to computers and the internet is important part of our learning program.

The number of children attending the After-school enrichment classes is increasing because they love the stimulation and their teachers.

In the school holiday we ran a holiday program for the kids. We organized a fun beach day, which included games, swimming and a beach clean-up to save the oceans. We educate our children about the dangers of pollution and how we can help nature. We also organized a soccer and netball fun day with a tournament on the end of the day. On the third day we set up a projector to show a movie. The kids enjoyed watching the new Jungle Book, munching lots of popcorn.

 

Tshani Athletic Club

On the 7th of September the children went to Mthatha to run in the Walter Sisulu University 10km challenge. It was a fast race producing some quick times and the children all finished top 10 and received medals.

The Vice Principle of Sikoma Junior School chaperoned the children and he is very passionate about running and is also involved and works closely with the Department of Sports and recreation. It is great to keep making more contacts and this helps growing the interest among the youth.

There was also a holiday program set up for the kids. The itinerary alternated between running and soccer and netball and it ended on Saturday with a fun 5km race. The children were fed throughout the program as these young athletes expend a lot of energy.            

 

 

Netball teams

The TransCape noticed that the netball equipment in the Mankosi community needs an upgrade. We have got many girls all ages interstied in playing netball as it is a lot of fun.

We bought new netball hoops and 8 new netball balls to give the youth a chance to pursue their passion. Senior village girls have taken on the coaching of the teams and formulated even a League. Every weekend the girls play tournaments against each other.

 

 

 

All in all, the term was very eventful. The program is doing well and we will continue helping the children in their development.

 

Scholarship project

The scholarship program provides bursaries for promising students of our community. School fees, Boarding and Transport fees as well as pocket money is provided for the pupils.

At the moment we have got 4 students who receive scholarship support for their education.

Two pupils are schooling and boarding at Dalinyebo High School in Mthatha. They have performed well this last term and past their grades. We expect them to pass their grade 11 on the year end without any problems.

One pupil is in Maclear High School and we are very proud to report that he past Afrikaans language for the first time this term. Having no choice but to do Afrikaans as second language which he has never had before, was very daunting and we didn’t expect him to pass Afrikaans so quickly in a grade 10 level. Another amazing factor is that he became the best and unreplaceable flank in the schools Rugby team. He has been chosen to join the Eastern Cape Rugby Academy. This gave him a huge boost in his confidence and became a responsible hard-working adolescent.

Our oldest scholarship student was finally accepted into a university after failing to enrol in the first semester. Through perseverance and sending in applications she managed to enrol in the course of Public relation studies. She is based in East London and boards privately. She enjoys her studies and she said that she is happy.

 

Conclusion

We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support towards the education of our children in Mankosi Community, South Africa!

Yours Astrid Gifford

Pre-school tour to the Radio station
Pre-school tour to the Radio station
Pre-school tour to the museum
Pre-school tour to the museum
Scholarship student in varsity
Scholarship student in varsity
Tshani Athletic club racing in Mthatha
Tshani Athletic club racing in Mthatha
Netball games with new hoops and balls
Netball games with new hoops and balls
New netball hoops
New netball hoops
Pre school class grade 0 and R
Pre school class grade 0 and R
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New school building
New school building

Introduction

 

Education forms an essential part of TransCape’s vision, to provide a hub of information for the community to make healthy and informed choices, to better the future for all, in a justly managed environment.

We are very fortunate to have long term, committed partners like yourself, to make dreams come true. TransCape’s new education center is located in the heart of the community. Since our move in September 2018, the children, teachers and managers are very happy at the new facility. The light, clean and friendly buildings are a pleasure to work in.

Four main projects are run at the center at the moment.

  1. Pre-schools for Early Childhood Development (ECD)
  2. After-School Enrichment Classes for Maths, English and Computer Skills
  3. Running and Reading, Tshani junior Athletic Club
  4. Scholarships

 Pre-schools

Since we moved the education center into the new building we have 2 classrooms for the ECD program. Nokubonga is heading up the Grade 0, 4-5-year olds, with 32 children in her class, and Nolutho is teaching the Grade R’s 5-6-year olds, with 24 children in the classroom. Our long-term volunteers from Germany, Julia and Tina, are helping the teachers in the day to day running of the lessons. The parents of the children contribute through taking turns in cooking lunch for the children and a small contribution of R160.00 per year. The government department of Social Development allocated an amount of R5 for 20 children per day to our preschool as well. This contributes to the sustainability of the program.

Our satellite ECD school, Nongkubela, which is 4 km inland admitted 34 children for 2019. Nongkubela has only one classroom with two teachers therefore the class is a mix of Grade 0s and Rs.

 

Term One started on the 9th of January 2019. It was an early start for teachers and students after just 4 weeks of summer holidays. The new children settled in quickly after about 1 week of love and patience from our teachers and volunteers. The day to day running of the program went safe and sound.

The teachers received wonderful news from a father of one of our last years pupils. Little Sia was lucky to be admitted to a good school in Mthatha, as her Mom found a job in town. She became top of her class in English, Maths and IsiXhosa in the first quarter of Grade 1. She received 3 certificates and the family thanked our teachers for their excellent quality of education they deliver to our children.

The term ended on the 15th of March and Term 2 started on the 2nd of April. Everyone was happy to start learning again, although the lessons get harder as the children delve into numeracy and literacy.

 

A fun and educational activity was our beach clean up day.

On May 9th, we cleaned the Umtata mouth beach with 74 children from our two different preschools, Mdumbi and Nonkqubela Preschool. 

After breakfast we went down to the beach at 9am. Three teachers and seven volunteers helped to keep the bunch of rascals under control. We started with a morning circle and told a short story about a fish and its friends which can no longer find each other in the sea, because of all the trash that is floating around. By telling the story the kids understood why we picked up the rubbish at the beach.

 

For two hours, the kids had a lot of fun while cleaning up the beach. The two to six-year-olds were highly motivated and we were amazed by their stamina. In addition to cleaning up, we include a lot of fun activities for the children, so that the cleaning up is felt positively for the children.

As a reward everyone got a colorful fruit salad in the end. This and the garbage bags were sponsored by George Moreira. We are very grateful that he did not support us only financial, but also actively helped with the cleaning up.

 

We are very proud that we filled 26 big bags with garbage that day. We have cleared the beach of 175 kilograms of garbage. This rubbish is now being transported to Mthatha. We have separately removed the bottle lid and soft plastic in order to process them ourselves. Out of the lids we will conjure a South Africa flag and use the soft plastic for eco bricks.

The second term ended on the 14th of June and school will re-open on the 9th of July. Unfortunately, Ziyanda our new co teacher had do leave us due to private problems. She will be greatly missed. Nolutho and Nokubonga decided not to replace her just yet, as they are looking for a competent replacement.

 After-school enrichment program

The After-School Enrichment program is primarily designed to supplement the transfer of knowledge in Maths and English. The pupils attend the normal government school locally and get enrichment classes in the afternoon between 15.30 and 17.30 with Andisiwe our teacher and Julia our volunteer from Germany. The aim is to fill the gap when government schools are not delivering quality education.

58 students attend the different classes on regular bases. The times table separates them into Grade 6-7 and 8-9, Math, English and Computer Skills. We use online learning programs for our Maths classes.

We have seen great results since the beginning of the year. The kids love Andisiwe’s lessons and their grades have shot up.

We are happy to say that the communication between the local school, parents and us has greatly improved.

Thanda workshops

Thanda is a community-based organisation that provides innovative solutions for sustainable development. Our school has been lucky to have such a professional partner to train our teachers even further. Thanda aims to create safer, stronger communities by providing educational and skills-building opportunities to individuals. Their mission is to empower people to create positive change – change in individuals, change in their communities and eventually changes that impact the world.

They offer four core programmes: 1) Early Childhood Development; 2) After-school Programming; 3) Organic Farming; and 4) Creative Learning Training. Thanda provided 3 free workshops for our teachers so far this year. Our teachers love it and it keeps them current and motivated.

 Project Pen Pal

Julia; one of our volunteers from Germany who has been with us for ¾ of a year made contact to a High School in Germany to encourage learners to become Pen Pals via emails, with some of our After-School students. The response was great and our pupils learned how to create an email address and send emails over one weekend lesson with Julia. Now they have the chance to improve their written English with their Pen Pals in Germany. 12 youngsters embraced the new adventure and twice a week they can check their emails and respond to their friends.

 

Running and Reading, Tshani Athletic Club

This year saw Tshani A/C expand our focus inland to an area called Qolweni at the request of our esteemed Headman. At first, we were skeptical as we knew how hard it would be to find a coach in the area as dedicated as Moyisile. We met with Moyisile and he agreed to take it on himself to go and coach the children from the area, track and field and also trail running. Qolweni is 6.5 kilometres from Mdumbi and Moyisile runs there every Monday and Wednesday to go and train the youth and often gets back home in the dark. He coaches our regular kids on Tuesday and Friday at the TransCape Education Centre, where the Qolweni youngsters come and join as well.

They are a vibrant group of kids and extremely talented. On the 21st March 2019, Moyisile and Troy  accompanied 10 athletes from Qolweni to go and participate in the Human Rights Day Run in Ngqeleni which is the nearest town. We took 6 boys and 4 girls, and they were all entered in the 10km race.

Good news is that we received a donation from VCL, a school from the Netherlands to cover the running costs of the club. Now we can provide food and a stipend for the coach again.

Furthermore, we received a donation of books through the LEARN Project. Three big boxes of books arrived on the 11th of June. These books will go to the Qolweni branch of the Athletic Club so the kids have a chance to read and explore literature just like the Mdumbi branch which meets at our library in the Education Center before running starts.

 

Scholarship students

We have got 4 scholarship student at the moment. The selection process requires them to attend the After-school enrichment classes and perform above average. We select 2 students every year to go to a good boarding school for grade 10-12 and 1st year university. 

 

1. Sibusisiwe 

Dear TransCape scholarship programme members, my name is Sibusisiwe Siya, I’m 18 years old. I was born and raised in Tshani village in Mankosi community under Nyandeni Local municipality in rural South Africa. I am a TransCape scholarship student since January 2016. I got involved in TransCape’s Afterschool Enrichment programme in my early age. I participated in this programme where I studied Maths, English, basic computer skills, life skills and out-door games. My dedication and competency have made the programme leaders aware of my school performance. As a result, I was offered a scholarship to access a better high school and to get through university with intensions of making my future better. Yes: I deserve scholarship assistance because of my background and financial status. The program means a lot to me and my family.

In 2018, I completed matric in Dalindyebo high school near Mthatha. I did apply for tertiary education at university. I applied for journalism and business management. I applied to many universities but because of limited spaces I did not get accepted. I kept on trying even in the beginning of 2019, because I hoped that I could get accepted to university for the second semester. Unfortunately, until now I have not received any positive response. Due to the situation I have no choice but to take this year as gap year. I will try to re-apply for university in September, since university applications will be open again.

I am staying with my aunt in Mthatha and I look after her 4-year-old child when she is at work and I volunteer at the homeless shelter as often as I can. They run a feeding scheme and I help them cook and dish up the food for the homeless.

I would like to thank you all, TransCape scholarship programme drivers and the programme founders for assisting me with my education.

  2. Abonga 

Dear TransCape scholarship donors. My name is Abonga. I was born and raised in Mankosi community at Nyandeni local municipality in one of the disadvantaged rural areas in South Africa.

I started to be a TransCape scholarship programme beneficiary in January 2018. The scholarship program sends me to Dalindyebo High School in Mthatha. I passed grade 10 last year and I am attending grade 11 now. I became a scholarship applicant because of my great performance in the learning areas offered at the Afterschool Enrichment program. My parents cannot afford school expenses. Since 2018, TransCape scholarship programme has been helping not only financially bit also on parental levels. This year I am doing these subjects: Maths, Life science, Life Orientation, Basic Computer, Geography, English and Isixhosa. In the current grade I have had difficulties in Maths. It is my weakest subject and one of the reasons for that is that my basics are not good. Also, the Dalindyebo high school does not have a permanent Math teacher. That makes it difficult to get consistency in my studies. I associated myself with school study groups within the school. My maths study group has built confidence in myself and I was able to face my mid-year exams with a good feeling.

In the school holidays a help my mother in her little shop. She runs the Ziyaduma tavern in Mdumbi. She was able to buy a little sound system and I like being the DJ for the parties. I love music and one of my passions is singing. My favourite style is hip-hop. I am the lead singer of a hip-hop group and we performed at the Mdumbi festival last year. It was a lot of fun!

The very unfortunate part is that the school did not release our midyear exam because the school teachers could not finish preparing results before the schools were closed on the 15 June 2019. The school has informed us that results will be only released on the 10th of July 2019 after the schools are opened. I commit myself to forward the results as soon as I get them from the school after the indicated date above.

I would like to thank you for your help. I really appreciate the chance you are providing for me.

3. Musa 

Dear my scholarship donors, my name is Musa/Militia and my surname is Jampo/Nkuna. I was born in Mdumbi village and I studied in Mdumbi preschool one of TransCape prominent project that serves Mankosi community children at their early age with such valuable education. I was chosen to be on the TransCape scholarship programme when I was in Mdumbi preschool. My situation was really terrible in many various ways. My mother passed away; I never saw my father because he never come into the picture to play his role as father. Meanwhile, I was brilliant in Mdumbi preschool according to the teachers, in the sense that I helped other students who were struggling in the classes. The teachers decided to look for someone to help with my education. I became TransCape a scholarship student through those circumstances.

Despite of it all, I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to study on one of the best model C schools called by the name: Maclear High School. I started this year 2019 in January. So far, I’m happy the way things are at this school and I’m convinced my future will be positive. I’m doing grade 10 and the subjects are English, Afrikaans, Life Sciences, Tourism, Geography, Life Orientation, Maths literacy. My school performance is good. I’m still challenged by Afrikaans since I never studied this language before. However, I’m working very hard to ensure that I am improving on it, by always consulting subject teachers to assist whenever I come across difficulties and my friends are playing a key role as well to support me.

In this school I have started to play rugby and I really enjoy it. I am playing for the first team and also for the Eastern Cape Academy which is the provincial team. The sport helps me to socialize with other school students and to keep physically active.

In the holidays I volunteer at the Mdumbi Backpackers. I help with daily chores like cleaning fish and I help Johann when he is building.

In the residents, I am super happy and comfortable with other students. The sad news are I didn’t get my midyear exam results. I left school three days before the term ended to attend a family gathering and did not receive my report. I promise I will forward it to you on the 10th of July when the school opens again.

Thank you TransCape for being so supportive to me over these years and I’m looking forward on making sure that I am doing great school work so that I can brighten my future.

 

5.  Matsidiso 

Dear TransCape scholarship programme members, my name is Matsidiso and I’m also known as Twiggy. I’m 14years old. I was born and raised in Tshani village in Mankosi community under Nyandeni Local municipality in rural South Africa. I am a TransCape scholarship student since January 2018. I got into this programme after I passed grade 9 last year in the local school. The scholarship program sends me to Dalinyebo High School in Mthatha with the intention to give me a better education. This is my second year studying under TransCape scholarship programme. TransCape has been very helpful to me and my family.

My parents cannot afford to further my education and I’m very committed to my education. When I started my scholarship in Dalindyebo school a year and a half ago it was very hard for me to adapt to the new environment and teachers. Today, since I am in the same school doing grade 11 everything has come under control. I can understand the teachers now during the lessons and my anxiety went away. That was a major problem before and affected my school performance. In the current year I’m confident to gather information in-order to acquire effective knowledge and as well as building friendships within the school.

There are so many challenges in my school though. Over-crowded classrooms, non-qualified and shortage of teachers. Especially in Maths. Maths is a very hard subject for me and I struggle to understand it. We don’t have a permanent Maths teacher so it gets very confusing. I feel like these things hinder my educational progress. Students are obliged to figured out solutions themselves in order to pass the tests and exams. I am part of a study group and we do a lot of peer education. We couldn’t get our midyear results just because teachers did not finish to prepare the reports, before the school were closed on the 15 June 2019. However, the school has promised us to finish our midyear result when the school have opens on the 10th July 2019.

Yes, I am confident about my results BUT very doubtful about Maths: I’ll forward my results as soon as I get them from the school.

In the school holidays I visited my aunt in East London. It is nice to be in a city and I went to the shopping mall with my cousins. We watched a movie in the big cinema for the first time. It was really amazing.

I’m real grateful to get support from TransCape. Thank you!

We would like to thank all our sponsors from the bottom of our hearts for the continues support you are giving to our Education endeavours. We are honoured that you choose us to receive your gifts.

Sincerely yours,

Astrid Gifford (MD)

Pre- school kids
Pre- school kids
Our ECD teacher Nolutho
Our ECD teacher Nolutho
After-school enrichment classes
After-school enrichment classes
Running club is reading before training
Running club is reading before training
Running club warm up
Running club warm up
Scholarship student Sibusisiwe
Scholarship student Sibusisiwe
Scholarship student Abonga
Scholarship student Abonga
Scholarship student Musa
Scholarship student Musa
Scholarship Student Matsidiso
Scholarship Student Matsidiso

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