Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA) is currently a flourishing program providing programming in the area of: educational workshops, support groups, income generation activities, pre-school bursaries, relief funds and aftercare programs for residents in the community. GAPA has been a partner for the last 4 years with whom in partnership, we enhance the learning of the 99 children between the ages of 6-11 years and 11 grannies with bi-annual excursions to different locations around Cape Town.
Educational extra-mural trips enable all children to attend culturally enriching institutions and engage with hands-on learning through fun and exploration, despite financial backgrounds. Learning is both age and development appropriate and encourages well-rounded learning outside of the classroom.
Long Term Impact:
Providing educational trips to children improves long term critical thinking, increases exposure to cultural institutions in the community, facilitates group learning and will ultimately empower children to grow mentally from the new experience. By enriching children’s education, you also enrich their families and the community as a whole.
April saw the first extracurricular enrichment trip of the year, with 100 GAPA children, 17 African Impact volunteers and staff and 11 GAPA grannies all ready to explore and learn about Cape Town’s marine life as well as the history and development of the V & A Waterfront. Volunteers guided their groups throughout the entirety of the day, from spotting wildlife and learning about the history of the docks on a harbour boat cruise, to learning about the prize winners at Noble Square, observing the city from a bird’s eye view in the Cape Wheel and then getting creative at an Art Jamming session in the afternoon- it was an action packed day to say the least! It was a day of many firsts for a large number of GAPA children and grannies which “exposed them to a side of Cape Town they did not know” as well as providing them with the opportunity to “experience activities they never thought they would do”- in particular travelling by boat. The educational purpose of the trip can be highlighted through how much the children learnt from their visit to the Waterfront. Volunteers created an assessment which was conducted both before and after the trip in order to discover how much the children had learnt. Initially only 38% of children knew that there were four statues at Nobel Square, this figure rose to an impressive 100% in the post trip assessment. They also successfully learnt some sailing vocabulary, with a percentage increase of 60% in understanding the term ‘star board,’ as well as a 53% knowledge increase in the number of children who could identify the three visible peaks from the Cape Wheel. Efficient organisation of the day, the efforts and energy given by the volunteers and staff made the day a huge success and the children and grannies were talking about their highlights of the trip for weeks after!