Check out our latest newsletter here - summing up the first quarter of 2016. Lots of stories, news and an inside look into what's been going on behind the scenes at the office.
Our parent-child stimulation kits have been put together by Thembi and the Team leaders. The kits are intended for use during the 1st 1000 days of a child's life i.e birth to 3 years. Each kit is designed to encourage and support parents from pregnancy into the toddler years in order to facilitate holistic development and better foundations for young children.
The resource kits have been developed from selected educational material from organisations such as Brain Boosters, Word Works and Nal'ibali, and includes items like big block puzzles and blocks.
Thanks to Nordex Energy South Africa for donating stationery to primary school children who were part of our FCM programme. Parents expressed their appreciation for what has been done for their children. This stationery was awarded just before the start of the second quarter. Nordex has also contributed towards school uniforms for the children. Our Sikhula Sonke Team so appreciate these donations - simple items like stationery and uniforms encourage parents too, and make it easier for them when it comes to investing in their kids' education.
Leveling the grounds for early education and development of children of Khayelitsha, the 17th of March saw the opening of Kuyasa Library, a state-of-the-art library that was built by Violence Prevention Through Urban upgrading in partnership with the City of Cape Town, Conergie Foundation, Western Cape government and various stakeholders.
As part of marking the importance and promotion of this new Toy Library, the Sikhula Sonke crew set up a public demo of an outside toy library, which children enjoyed during this opening. The team also displayed the resources from our partners such as Nal'ibali, BrainBoosters, Unlimited Child, Persona Dolls and Word Works so that parents could see the resources that they can use when visiting our toy library or sending their children to ECD facilities.
Check out our Facebook page for all the photos of the day.
Thanks to Cotlands for a wonderful Toy Library seminar that was hosted in their toy Library in Maccassar. As usual our team didn’t disappoint in sharing what they are made of; they fully participated and shared their ideas with other organizations who run toy library services across the province.
Blessed are the little children and the people who give their lives to the development of young children. We salute you.
Emthonjeni is rolling! We are excited at the number of children who are joining the programme which is run in public spaces in areas which often don't have any preschools.
Buyiswa Balani visited one of our Emthonjeni sites with her Persona Doll. The children were fascinated by the doll and story, and through creative storytelling, Buyiswa was able to start important conversations with the children.
First developed as an anti-bias approach in the United States in the 1970s, Persona Doll Training was introduced in South Africa by Carol Smith, Founding Director of PDT (SA) in 2004. The approach builds on universal and African traditions of storytelling, taken a step further – into discussion and dialogue, with a strong focus on hearing children’s voices. Dolls help children to express their feelings and ideas, think critically, challenge unfair treatment and develop empathy with people who are different to themselves. The approach helps to develop life skills, self-esteem, respect for diversity, problem-solving, language, conflict resolution, and emotional literacy.
Our 2016 Imbewu programme started with prayer and group discussions. In this programme, Sikhula Sonke provides training to ECD practitioners, both for the principals of ECD Centres and to their assistants. This training is accredited with the South African government at NQF levelS 4 and 2 respectively. Sikhula Sonke also supports ECD practitioners in meeting the minimum standards for ECD Centres as defined by the Department of Social Development.
Our new Social Worker, Elizabeth Ntshuntshe (Liz), joined the Sikhula Sonke team on the first of March. We're so glad to have her in the office to fulfil this vital role. Elizabeth has started rolling and is talking to the staff already as she meets the teams and begins planning for the work that needs to be tackled in 2016. Welcome!
Sikhula Sonke and the children of Khayelitsha took part in Read Aloud Day on Friday, in partnership with Nal'ibali. The children sat entranced as Abonga, the toy librarian, read a story about Neo in our Toy Library Centre. As always, a big thanks to all our Facilitators who took part and to Nal'ibali for their support and the materials. It's fantastic to have a great team behind the scenes who make sure that all our events have the necessary materials to make each one a success!
Persona Dolls are part of the Sikhula Sonke fieldworkers' toolkit and we do training on the many uses of Persona Dolls every year. This year's training taught our First 1000 days fieldworkers (FCM) and our Emthonjeni fieldworkers how to use Persona Dolls in advocating and facilitating different messages across the communities to parents and caregivers. Our facilitators did a great job; thank you Phelisa (Persona Doll) and Thembi (Sikhula Sonke).
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