As part of the Year Beyond Programme, our tutors attended their 2nd training week for the year. For this programme, we partner with the Western Cape Government’s Game Changers unit, which provides opportunities for young people to succeed in a 21st century society and economy. Six of these young people (tutors) then commit their afternoons to the after-school literacy and numeracy support for 100 Sophakama Primary School learners. We feel very fortunate to have them at our school!
During their training weeks, tutors learn new skills and this week was no exception!
New ideas for Friday’s fun clubs and societies and for the Holiday Clubs, like writing poetry and music lyrics, making things from recycled material and sports were presented. They wrote poems and rap music lyrics.
“You can write a poem to express anything – your feelings or a specific situation. Rap music is fun.” (Nwabisa).
They learned how to create a dance routine and how to play tag rugby in 5 different ways! Skipping, using rope made from recycled materials, gave tutors inspiration for their sessions and produced much laughter!
Other skills taught were refining project management skills and dealing with corporal punishment at school.
Representatives from some Western Cape tertiary institutions e.g. CPUT, UWC, Maties, Northlink College and TSiBA Education attended during the week. Tutors took the chance to ask questions and apply online to these institutions using the computer lab at the Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute.
“Today gave me an opportunity to apply for something I love – IT.” (Andisa)
“I’ve always wanted to become a nurse and today helped me realise this (goal) again.” (Tameryn)