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2019 STARTS FOR YEBO VOLUNTEERS AT SOPHAKAMA!

By Robyn Shulver | February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our 2019 YEBO volunteers visited Sophakama Primary School for the first time on Thursday, 7 February. They were apprehensive but excited to enjoy this introductory day at the school. They were given time to spend with the teachers they will assist this year and to meet the learners they will support. Five Grade 5 teachers […]

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READING 2019!

By Robyn Shulver | February 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

We were reminded today what a privilege it is to be part of Sophakama Primary School’s English Literacy Programme! The children are enthusiastic and excited to be back and it’s been great for the volunteers to see them all again. While we have said goodbye to some cherished volunteers, we also start the reading year […]

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Boosting Brains with Brainboosters ‘Facelift’!

By Robyn Shulver | January 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Brainboosters programme has been in action at Sophakama Primary School for just over a year now, bringing Grade 1 learners up-to-speed with basic, CAPS-aligned literacy and numeracy concepts. Our Brainboosters partner recently gave the programme a ‘facelift’. The new offering is more user-friendly, but its main aim is still to improve Maths and English […]

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Bootcamp for Yebo Volunteers

By Robyn Shulver | January 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Over 100 volunteers from the Western Cape attended the first Year Beyond Programme Bootcamp for 2019 during the last week of January, at the CTLI Centre in Kuilsriver (Cape Town). The Year Beyond Programme, spearheaded by the After School Game Changers unit (ASGC), enters its fourth year this year. Topics presented by AVA, among others, […]

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Yebo Volunteers celebrate a year of hard work!

By Robyn Shulver | November 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Our Year Beyond Programme’s volunteers were recently treated to an end-of-year outing to show our appreciation for all the hard work they have done with the Sophakama learners this year. We went to a movie and laughed our heads off, followed by lunch at Moyo’s at Eden on the Bay. A fantastic time was had […]

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Final Social Innovation challenge for YeBo Volunteers!

By Robyn Shulver | November 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Sandwiches continue to Bridge communities

By Robyn Shulver | November 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mothers That Care, an NPO based in Blouberg, has been providing sandwiches to Sophakama Primary School’s Grade R learners for more than 2 years. Moms from the community gather each Thursday morning to make over 100 sandwiches.  They recently gave the children a special end-of-year treat by adding a packet of chips and fizzers to […]

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Reading and rhymes ends our year!

By Robyn Shulver | November 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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YeBo learners graduate!

By Robyn Shulver | November 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sophakama Primary School held its third Year Beyond Programme graduation ceremony last week. Volunteers Thando, Lucy, Mila, Sindi, Zintle and Uyanda have been working with our Grade 1–4 learners in the afternoons, Mondays to Fridays, helping to improve Maths and Literacy marks. Both volunteers and learners have had a fantastic year of growth and learning! […]

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READING WITH ROZA!

By Robyn Shulver | October 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The English Literacy Programme attracts volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. Roza is an international student visiting from the Netherlands. A Business Administration student, doing her internship at Rogz, she heard about Rogz Academy Books and Beyond’s project at Sophakama Primary School in Dunoon. Feeling inspired to make a contribution to the extended Rogz community […]

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