Schools aim to equip its students with a safe and nurturing learning environment that will help children to grow and develop into intelligent adults and give them hope for a bright future as an educated individual. Unfortunately due to the nature of the community, these facilities struggle financially and need additional support to provide the children with the resources they need to enrich their education.
Short Term: We want to create safe and secure learning environment for the children at the school by completing a list of necessary renovations.
Long Term: to ultimately register the school as an educational government facility. As a registered school, the facility will become eligible for government funding which will further improve the children’s education and increase their sustainability. When children’s development is supported at a young age, they are well-equipped for their schooling career. Evidence indicates that success in early years translates into success in higher levels of education.
Providing 86 local children from a disadvantaged community of Redhill with two nutritious meals per day, as well as monitoring the BMI of the children and providing nutrition training to the caregivers.
Red Hill Preschool and Children of Hope Educare aim to help the children and community by providing food daily for the children in their care. Unfortunately, these two facilities struggle financially and need support to continue feeding their students.
As a part of our commitment to child nutrition, meal plans are cooperatively developed using guidance from the Department of Social Services to ensure that the children’s diets meet national standards for healthy child development.
In partnership with the teachers, African Impact volunteers assess the Body Mass Index (BMI) of each child, over the age of 3 years, every term/quarter to monitor their physical development. Lesson plans and activities relating to good practice for health and nutrition are also incorporated within the annual curriculum to reinforce a healthy lifestyle through education. At school the children learn about the importance of personal hygiene, the relationship between what we eat and health, and exercise has been incorporated into the daily classroom routine. Additionally, every quarter, a nutrition workshop is conducted with all of the teachers to help educate them and increase their knowledge and capability on the importance of health and nutrition in various forms.
Providing each student with a nutritious breakfast, fruit and lunch daily contributes to enhanced learning capacity. This means that not only do the children receive daily sustenance; they will have the energy to play and learn effectively.
Long Term Impact:
Supporting adequate nutrition for healthy child development and sharing knowledge on healthy living will provide children with the tools they need from a young age, to develop into strong, healthy adults.
Red Hill is an informal settlement made up of non-permanent housing and service structures. The 1 500 residents, who make up a colourful mix of Afrikaans, Xhosa and other African nationalities, do not have access to basic utilities such as water, sanitation, electricity and health care. This is partly due to the remote and inaccessible location of Red Hill. For the past 15 years the community has been demarcated for relocation, however it remains uncertain when or if action will be taken.
We are continuing quarterly nutrition workshops with the teachers, already having completed a session on kitchen safety and proper cleanliness and procedure with children. We are also monitoring the children’s BMI each quarter.
In 2017 46.6% of children can identify 10 letters. Going form 0% to 36% the Hope Educare children can recognise numbers 1-10.
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.
An occupational therapist organized workshops and support groups for grandmothers who were affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The intervention program was designed to meet the needs articulated by grandmothers who were part of the study. After the completion of the study, the group of grandmothers formed a committee with the occupational therapist and made plans to spread the information and support to others. GAPA is currently a flourishing program in the Khayelitsha community and provides 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.
The Aftercare program at GAPA aims to provide children with a safe environment afterschool to do home work, eat a healthy meal and just ‘be kids’ by playing games and doing crafts in a safe and secure environment. This is especially important during the afterschool hours as child abuse rates spike during this time.
The GAPA aftercare program has been very successful, bringing in approximately 200 children from the surrounding area. Unfortunately, due to a loss of funding, GAPA can no longer provide a means for the children to experience educational outings in the Cape Town area.
In partnership with the grandmothers on staff, African Impact volunteers will also help facilitate learning during the trip and supervise children to ensure safety.
As a part of our commitment to children’s education, assessment tools will also be put into place after the outing to measure the skills that have been learnt through the educational trip.
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!