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Final Social Innovation challenge for YeBo Volunteers!

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Sophakama Primary School’s volunteers on the Year Beyond Programme took part in their final Social Innovation Challenge. The theme this year was: “How to create a culture of reading?” Volunteers had designed games and activities throughout the year and they had to present how they would implement these and at what cost. I’m thrilled to […]

Reading and rhymes ends our year!

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Our English Literacy Programme ended off for the year this week with a fun session. We did some individual paired and shared reading and then learners and volunteers learnt some new rhymes. The rhymes are based on traditional children’s rhymes that have been given an African twist. Watch the video to see how much we […]

UCT Visits Sophakama Assembly!

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As part of the School Management, Curriculum and Teacher Support Programme, our partner, UCT’s School Development Unit (SDU) observes a school assembly. This is an element of their ‘case study’ of observations, interviews and focus groups. Patti Silbert from UCT returned to Sophakama Primary School on Friday 17 August, after an initial three-day visit, to observe […]

Happy Holiday Week!

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Sophakama Primary School’s Year Beyond volunteers held a week’s holiday club for their learners at the end of June. Monday was a day for art. Learners were engaged in painting activities, cutting, gluing and sticking, printing, collages, drawing and clay making. Tuesday was a day for sports – soccer, netball, skipping, weights, zumba and an […]

The Year Beyond 2018 Challenge: Creating a Culture of Reading

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The first Social Innovation Challenge for our 2018 Year Beyond Programme (YEBO) volunteers kicked off last month. This is an annual project that challenges our young people to come up with innovative solutions to a question relevant to education issues in South Africa. This year, the topic is: “How do we create a culture of […]

A HEARTWARMING CELEBRATION OF READING!

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Keep on reading! Keep on learning! This was the celebratory message given to our third group of learners, who completed their year on the English Literacy Programme today. At an emotional Certificate Ceremony, learners were handed their certificates and a book gift from their volunteer. Parents, principal and teachers, representatives from the WCED and volunteers […]

Introducing our 2018 Year Beyond Programme Team

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Zintle graduated from Inkenkwezi High School in Dunoon in 2015. She worked at Checkers during 2016 as a packer. In 2017, she was part of an after-school art pilot project at Sophakama Primary School. Unfortunately, this project lost its funding and her role ended. Zintle’s favourite pastime is reading, so is perfectly suited to being […]

Year Beyond programme helps young people

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There were nerves, fun and lots of laughs, as the three Year Beyond Programme volunteers from Sophakama, who passed their learners licences last year, began preparing for their driver’s licences. Neil, from Road Wise Driving Academy, put the girls at ease. “There is only one rule in my car … we don’t stress,” he told […]

Sophakama Primary school visit with Fritz Gerke

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It was our privilege to take Fritz Gerke on a visit to Sophakama recently where he had the opportunity to meet and spend some time with Sabelo as well as many of the learners. Fritz is the ROGZ key account manager in Europe and has been an enthusiastic financial supporter of the ROGZ Academy for […]

Farewell and good luck to our awesome 2017 YEBO Volunteers!

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Sophakama Primary School YEBO volunteers ended their year by being treated to a 3D movie, Geo Storm, complete with popcorn and cooldrinks. Then they were off to a delicious meal at Moyo Blouberg at Eden on the Bay. A fantastic time was had by all! We will miss them, but we will keep in touch […]