Participants enjoying the training
We are so grateful to you for supporting science and literacy programmes run by ORT SA CAPE in South Africa! During GlobalGiving's crowdfunding challenge for International Youth Week, 22 amazing people supported these programmes. Thank you to all who contributed and to all who shared this project with friends, family and colleagues!
Bev from ORT SA CAPE has given us the following updates from a recent teacher training:
The LEGO Six Bricks training, made possible through a donation from Children’s Helpers Worldwide, took place on 10 October 2018.
Thirteen Grade R [Reception Year] to Grade 3 teachers attended from Zonnebloem Boys’ Primary School, Zonnebloem Girls’ Primary and Holy Cross Primary School. The schools are located in the former District Six. District Six was a multi working-class area just off the centre of Cape Town, before being torn apart by the apartheid regime during the sixties and seventies, which included forced removals of non- white residents. In the last 20 years, former residents have started moving back to the area.
The participants arrived at the workshop after a long day in the classroom, and it was encouraging that as soon as the workshop started they became vibrant and participatory. The workshop was practical and therefore the participants were encouraged to have fun with the LEGO bricks so that they knew what to do when they went back to school.
The teachers were excited to find out that so many skills including improving concentration, improving memory, fine motor, perceptual, gross motor, body awareness, colours, laterality, amongst others, can be taught and developed using Six Bricks. The Grade R teachers were particularly happy to find out that Six Bricks activities can make teaching fun in their classrooms.
The teachers were very happy to be receiving resources for their classrooms. They left the training feeling enthusiastic about implementing what they had learned. They are also looking forward to supports visits from ORT SA CAPE.
Below is feedback from one of the schools:
"On behalf of Holy Cross Primary. Thank you very much for the workshop yesterday. Indeed, a learning experience for all the participants. Please convey our appreciation and gratitude to our facilitator Theresa for her vibrancy and her passion for training teachers and her knowledge about the young child. God bless.’’ -- Carlene
By supporting teacher training like this, your contributions will help to improve the quality of education received by children in many classrooms! A massive thank you for your support for ORT SA CAPE's important work and for improving education for disadvantaged children in Cape Town.