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Holiday fun offered by Yebo Volunteers!

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Sophakama Primary Schools six Year Beyond volunteers and their facilitator, Bonke, entertained learners during the March/April school holidays. The holiday programme forms part of the Year Beyond Programme offered to learners in Grades 1–4. Three mornings of full-on fun! Monday was Art day: Learners painted, cut, glued and pasted. Paintings, collages, drawing and clay-making were […]

Back to reading for our final term with this group of learners!

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It’s hard to believe that our final term with this group of Grade 3 learners has arrived! The year with them has absolutely flown by. It’s been wonderful to watch them grow and hear their English improve and we look forward to our final few weeks with them. Interested volunteers can contact Tracy on farquhar@telkomsa.net

New and improved Brainboosters embraced by Sophakama!

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Brainboosters is an interactive programme designed to equip South African educators in Early Childhood Development and to show parents of Grade 1 learners how to stimulate early brain development. The programme has been embraced by educators around the country and has shown significant improvements in the Maths and English of Grade 1 learners. The Brainbooster […]

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 […]