Volunteering

tuesday volunteers

Edu Fun runs a variety of projects supporting Diepsloot Combined School. There are many ways you can help. You don’t have to commit to turn up every week. All we ask is that you let us know whether or not you’re coming.

Every Monday and Tuesday morning during term time, volunteers meet outside Piatto Restaurant at the Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre on Broadacres Drive. We then carpool to Diepsloot, usually returning soon after 11am.

TEACHING GROUP
The main aim of the Teaching Group is to make underprivileged children living in the township more confident in using the English language and awaken their curiosity about the outside world, to help them realise their potential.
All lessons, workbooks and materials are provided by Edu Fun. As a classroom assistant you don’t have to be a native speaker to help in the classroom, you just need a good understanding of the English language. If you’re interested in joining the Teaching Group, please contact Jenny on 082 322 0608.
Mondays (meet 9am and carpool to school)
On Monday mornings we teach English to Grade 3 students. The lessons run from 09.30 to 10:45 They are led by a teacher and assisted by volunteers, who are divided equally between the classrooms. The more volunteers, the more personal attention each child gets.
Tuesdays (meet 9am and carpool to school)
We work with small groups of learners in Grade 2 who have been identified needing adiditonal tuition and would benefit from further tuition and one to one attention. On Tuesday mornings from 9:30am to 10:30am, we give this group of learners additional English lessons, focusing on reading and writing.
 
HEALTHCARE GROUP
Tuesdays (meet 8am and carpool to school)
Good healthcare is not readily available to families living in Diepsloot and so many problems that could be resolved easily if spotted early enough often go undetected. At Edu Fun, our goal is to provide all students at the school with basic health examinations, to determine if any of the children we teach need to see a doctor, dentist or optician. We then try to make sure all those in need of attention are given the proper treatment and care.
While some in our Health Group have paediatric and nursing experience, we still need other caring volunteers to help with the Edu Fun healthcare program. Whether you have medical training or not, your help would be much appreciated for this very important function.
If you would like to help, please contact Carlien This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
   
SEWING GROUP
Mondays (following the English class)
During the usual Edu Fun Monday English lessons you can’t fail to notice that many of the children are wearing ragged school uniforms. Buttons are missing, shirts are torn, trouser legs frayed and skirts have gaping holes in them. At Edu Fun, we are committed to bettering the lives of the children we teach by giving these little learners uniforms to be proud of. Whenever possible, volunteers who can spare an extra couple of hours stay on after the English class to mend school uniforms, from 11.30am to 1.30pm. The school principal fully supports our endeavours and it really does feel wonderful to be able to help in such a tangible way.
We are also aiming to train a few of the older students at the school to help out with this project. If you would like to join the team or fund the work of the mending group, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


FURTHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME
We launched our Further Education Project (FEP) in 2013 to mark Edu Fun's 10th anniversary. The aim of this fourth group is to support students we taught in Grade 3 and 4 who go on to varsity. We began by helping three former learners from DCS who won places at university in 2013 and aim to continue supporting them throughout their studies. We are in the process of raising funds to help cover their living expenses (they apply to official bursary providers for their tuition fees). In 2014, a further 24 matric students from DCS registered at institutions in Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria. We have now started a second varsity fund to help them. In addition to raising finance we are keen to source laptops and tablet for these students. The FEP team is now also working closely with the high school staff to provide careers guidance for the learners following in their footsteps, and to provide funds for those who cannot afford application fees for tertiary education.

If you'd like to join our further education team, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

To find out more, call Jenny on 082 322 0608.
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