The year 2020 threw a huge curve ball into our swimming curriculum. We had to close from March 2020 until October 2020 and we reopened on October 13, 2020. After evaluating our situation we decided to postpone swimming lessons for Philippi Childrens' Centre until the New Year.
We went through a COVID19 accreditation process with Swim South Africa in the last term to operate during the pandemic.
Private lessons were started at the facility in the last term of 2020 in order to recover from the impact of being closed for seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many children and adults from previously disadvantaged communities were taught at discounted rates for the last three months of the year.
Swimming lessons will commence for Philippi Children Centres' Grade Rs in February 2021 and Pre- Grade Rs in March 2021. We are phasing in to eliminate any unforeseen scenarios.
These are unprecedented times that we are livening in, yet we are excited to teach Philippi Children Centres' learners, as learning to swim may save their lives.
With health and safety precautions being observed, our future Montessori teachers are very happy to back at the Montessori college attending in-person classes! It was especially challenging to keep up with their schoolwork using their mobile phones. We are so fortunate that only one teacher trainee as of yet has contracted Covid-19 and thankfully, she is now fully recovered.
The teacher trainees recently met with members of the St. Cyprian's Church steering committee. Our school will be built on land owned by the church, so they are very involved in the process leading up to construction. Everyone was excited to receive a 3D model of the Love to Langa Montessori School and they discussed strategies for success with their upcoming exams.
In a time of hardship, crumbling businesses, hunger and racism, we are amazed at the generosity of people everywhere. Love to Langa would like to thank all for the kindness bestowed on others.
Building in the townships of South Africa is an amazing experience. Community involvement is tantamount to the success of the school. Everyone gets involved from donors to volunteers and most of all, the community.
In the midst of Covid-19, the school’s building plans are with council waiting for approval and Love to Langa is overseeing the training of teachers. The teachers have been working online with the college and will be resuming classes on July 4, 2020 under strict conditions.
Even during this time of uncertainty the residents are excited at the prospect of the first Montessori school in Langa.
Our seven kind and enthusiastic future teachers attended their first day of college at Montessori Centre South Africa on February 1, 2020. The excitement was contagious and the Langa community is so proud of the women furthering their education on behalf of the children they will be teaching when the Love to Langa Montessori School opens in 2021. It's been a life-long dream for many of them. We will be selecting the one best suited for administrative work to be trained as the school principal. The program is 18-months and they will graduate with a certificate in Montessori Education, in plenty of time for the opening of the school.
Langa Township is a hive of activity. International visitors walking down the streets connect with children, adults and even school groups coming to view and assist the community in any way.
The Love to Langa Board of Directors has registered and enrolled six women from the Langa community who are completing our Montessori Foundations program to further their studies at a South African Montessori college. There are two ladies who are desperate to join the college but unfortunately we could only afford the six ladies who will commence in February 2020 with their accredited studies.
Parents from the community have been requesting more information regarding the completion of the school as they would like to register their children already. The excitement is building to such an extent that we will be introducing Montessori workshops for parents at the end of January 2020 while the school plans are still in submission.
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