One of the many things Care for Education does is donate Playboxes to organisations who need help with obtaining teaching resources for children. These organisations fill out our online application which includes organisational details, background and history. The practitioners who will be using the Playbox with the children will attend our Playbox training in order to ensure that they are able to facilitate learning through play in the best way possible. One of Care for Education’s main goals for this training is to encourage practitioners to become creative and innovative in order to use the Playbox to assist them in their lesson plans.
When we visited one of the ECD centres we had donated some Playboxes to we found that they had not only become creative, but had also sparked parent engagement through the Playbox. The principal of Motjoloko ECD Centre in Central Western Jabavu, Soweto mentioned how the parents were so impressed with the difference they had seen in their children through using the Duplo. Children were returning home from school sharing their excitement with their parents. The parents are now even considering purchasing Duplo for their children at home.
Mrs Mannini Mosebi, the principal of the centre mentions that the very first differences she has noticed in the classroom range from creativity, social skills and teacher confidence. Particularly in terms of social and emotional skills, she believes this area has improved the most in the shortest amount of time. “The activities they do with the LEGO encourages them to work together”, it is therefore through working together where they learn patience, teamwork and respect for one another.
Refilwe Community Project is a Christian community development initiative based in Lanseria. The organisation is a registered nonprofit organisation (NPO) and a public benefit organisation (PBO). Founded in 1991, initially as a healthcare clinic focused on caring for the physical and spiritual needs of TB and HIV positive patients, Refilwe Community Project has since developed a strong focus on childcare, community development and skills upliftment through education and mentorship. Refilwe’s primary focus is childcare. The organisation’s God Parent Programme uses a family-based foster care model to provide safe and stable home environments for up to 48 orphaned and vulnerable children. These children receive a quality education, beginning at Refilwe’s on-site pre-school and continuing through reputable local primary and secondary schools. Refilwe has several bursaries available for learners who are accepted into tertiary education.
Care for Education has partnered with Refilwe to launch a Robotics Programme for the children Refilwe works with. Initially the children part of this programme are between the ages of 12 and 13 attending 1 Robotics class per week. The programme will be led by the CEO of Refilwe, Jay Strydom along with his team Sibusiso Nhlapo and Ryan Moore. Refilwe has taken the initiative to track the progress of these children ranging from academic to social skills improvement. Care for Education is very excited about this partnership!
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