It's been great to welcome more and more of our regular volunteers back each week as well as introduce new volunteers to the Edu Fun family. We would like to invite all of you to attend a "WELCOME" coffee after ourlesson on Monday 26 August at Piatto's at about 10:15/10:30am.
Ngangifisa Food Pantry have their next food distribution on Wednesday 21 August 2019 at 11am. You can chat to Meghan at school or see the details below. Go to Ngangifisa.com.
The Health Group are starting up again this month and will be at school on Tuesday 27 August 2019. Michaela Paalen has taken over the co-ordination of the programme and we look forward to working with her.
Please see the details about this programme below as we would love to have more volunteers sign up for this.
Read Below About:
A former FEP student who needs help finding a 6 month placement for an Internship in Software Development in order to graduate
Welcome Coffee and Spare Change Round Up for a Malawian Child in need - Monday 26 August
Changes to the Edu Fun board following our recent AGM meeting.
Our usual Teaching programme for Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 August - this week
What our Partner Projects are up to and how you can get involved
Some important Dates to Diarise
1. One of our top former FEP students needs an I.T. internship in Software Development in order to graduate
Ben Chabalala is a former FEP student who has been sponsored by the Madrinha Trust to complete his studies at the Tshwane University of Technology. He has excelled at University, but is now needing to complete a 6 month internship in Software Development.
His CV is attached with his contact details. We would be grateful if you could circulate this request to any contacts that you or your friends may have in the IT industry.
Our Saturday Buddy Reader programme starts up again tomorrow thanks to Ms Mphaka, Ms Nkosi and Ms Mogotlane who will be running the programme. The teachers have selected 10 children from each of the Grade 2 classes and we will be working with a maximum of 10 kids in each group at any given time.
Many volunteers express an interest in bringing their husbands or guests to Diepsloot over a weekend and this is the perfect opportunity. The programme will not be dependent on volunteers, but we will always welcome as many helpers as possible who can provide more personalised attention to the children on any given Saturday.
Jenny will be going through tomorrow to get the programme started and can meet anyone at Piatto's at 8:30am if you would like to assist on the first day.
The lesson will run from 9am to 10:15 every Saturday.
3. Volunteer "WELCOME COFFEE" and Spare Change Roundup
We hope you all can join us Monday 26 August after school at Piatto’s for coffee.
We want to welcome everyone back from their much deserved mid-year holiday, and introduce our new volunteers to everyone ..... but we also have a favour to ask ....
We are hoping you will round up all your spare change and be willing to donate it.
We are trying to raise R1000 for a sweet child that The Fab 4 had the pleasure of meeting in Malawi.
Office has been diagnosed with brain cancer and is undergoing intense treatment.
To make matters more challenging, his family lost their home in the horrible floods Malawi experienced this past March.
This little boy's name is "Office". At the end of 2017 he participated in our Holiday Buddy Reading Programme at the
Children's Mission in Blantyre and now he's in hospital with a brain tumour.
So, please check the cup holders in your car, turn over those couch cushions, dig through that junk drawer in the kitchen and empty the coins out of your husband's pockets.
Round up all that spare change and join us for coffee!
We have no doubt we can reach R1000 for sweet Office with your help. Every little bit will go a long way towards helping Office and his family.
4. Some Changes to the Edu Fun Board
Jeanne and Gillean
Jeanne Kuhr-Madinane has been a board member with Edu Fun for the last 4 years. She played a pivotal role in the transition period when the leadership of Edu Fun changed in January 2017.
She has worked tirelessly behind the scenes and has been a key person in Edu Fun for over 6 years. She's assisted so many students with applying for university, supporting them through the process right up until these students have gone for job interviews as graduates and started there first jobs.
She has recently stepped down as the secretary of Edu Fun, but remains a volunteer.
Thank you Jeanne for what you have done and continue to do for Edu Fun, your role may have changed but it's great that we will continue to have you on the Edu Fun Team of Volunteers.
We welcome Gillean Small to our board. Many of you know Miss Gillean for her role as the Blue Group leader. She has been a Group leader for several years and is also an accredited Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist.
She is also a loyal member of the "Fab 4" (with Sachi and Meghan) and has implemented Phono-Graphix in Malawi, Wakkerstroom and Diesploot and is currently a mentor to many volunteers and teachers who are working their way through the programme to become certified.
Gillean moved to Johannesburg from Scotland in 2104 and began volunteering with Edu Fun in 2015. She as has a BA in Childhood Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology and has worked in education in both Scotland and England.
It is great to have her expertise and support on the Management Committee as well as with the Education Programme.
Thank you Gillean for taking on this new role. We are excited to have you on board as we expand and take Phono-Graphix and Edu Fun to other communities.
Petra Michelson, continues to be our bookkeeper and treasurer. She was a founding member with Avril in 2003 and has continued to do the books for all these years. Thank you Petra for your continued support and the work that you do with our auditor Jaswin Pillay at Master Minds.
5. Teaching Programme this coming week - Monday 19 August and Tuesday 20 August 2019
Volunteers will meet Gillean on Monday and Jenny on Tuesday at Piatto's at 8:30am to car pool to Diepsloot. Please read the basic lesson plans for Monday and Tuesday below and attached.
It was great to have some young students with us this week. As many private schools are on holiday at the moment, it's a great opportunity for children to accompany our volunteers to school to join your group on Monday or buddy read with an individual child on Tuesday.
We do supply letters for children needing to record their community hours.
Monday 19 August 2019
We work with 200 + Grade 2 learners every Monday. All the children have been assessed and have been grouped
into ability levels.
Most of the groups are working in the Pink Level of our programme, building and manipulating 3 sound word, but we are starting to introduce 4 sound words in some of the groups. The basic lesson plans and worksheets are attached to give you an idea of how we teach as well as the words that we will cover.
We try to allocate volunteers to the same group each week but as we do not have all our regular volunteers at the moment, we might make some changes on the day. Any volunteers who have not been allocated to a group below, will be asked to join Sachi in the Green group.
The groups will be as follows
The Pink group will be with Lianne Bantjes, Ms Nkosi in the 2a classroom. The focus here will be on 3 sound words, but starting with the first few letters of the programme c, a, t, o , p, m, s, f. Volunteers: Annika, Dudu, Cornie, Liesel, Natlaia (one of these volunteers will be asked to join the Green group for Monday)
The Blue group will be with Gillean and Ms Mothapo in the Grade 2b classroom. The focus here will be on 3 sound words, and slowly introducing more letters. Volunteers: Gayle, Anne, Claire, Carol
The Green Group will be with Sachi andMs Makgoba in Grade 2c. The focus here will be on revising all the 3 sound words and finalising the Pink Level of the programme. This group will be moving onto the Blue level soon where the same sounds will be repeated, but with 4 sound words. Volunteers: Judy F (away for a few weeks), Allyson and any other new or returning volunteers not allocated to a group.
The Purple Group will be with Nthabiseng and Jeanne. Finalising the Pink level of the programme focusing on 3 sound words and soon to be moving on to 4 sound words. Volunteers: Sue H Note: This week this group will also make book marks for 35 children in a school in the UK. These kids will receive a book mark each from the UK as well.
The Orange Group will be in the container classroom with Meghan. The concept of variation in the English language has been introduced to this group where the learners are discovering that there are several ways to show the "k" sound - c, k, ck and ch. This is preparing for all the variations in the English language. i.e. the "o-e" sound can be represented as o, oa, ow, o-e etc. Volunteers: Priyanka; Judy V (away for a few weeks). Note: This week this group will also make book marks for 35 children in a school in the UK. These kids will receive a book mark each from the UK as well.
Where possible, volunteers work with the same groups each week.
New volunteers will be assigned before the lesson and sometimes volunteers will be asked to assist a different group to try and balance the number of volunteers in each group.
We meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30 outside Piatto's and car pool to Diepsloot and will be back in Dainfern by 10:30/10:45
Gillean will be the meeting person at Piatto's.
Monday lessons are in larger groups ranging from 35 to 50 children where we have one group leader assisted by 3 to 4 other volunteers and a DCS class teacher in some cases.
Tuesday 20 August 2019
Volunteers work with small groups of Grade 3 learners on Tuesdays. Each volunteer is allocated to 3 or 4 learners at similar ability levels. Regular volunteers will be assigned to the same group of learners each week.
The Tuesday programme is a great opportunity for volunteers to work towards their international certification as a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist. We work in small groups and work through the programme systematically teaching children to read from 3 and 4 sound words on wards. We currently have 4 of our volunteers working on their internship.
All groups will start on the Pink Level focusing on 3 sound words. The following techniques are followed each lesson which are elaborated on in the attached lesson plans.
Volunteers meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30am outside Piatto's and carpool to Diepsloot and are usually back in Dainfern by 10:30am.
Jenny will be the meeting person on Tuesday at Piatto's.
Tuesday lessons are in smaller groups - 1 adult with 1 to 3 learners in a group. Several volunteers who attend on Tuesdays are working towards their international certification as a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist which is an option offered to all regular volunteers.
Phono-Graphix Reading Method - Volunteer Buddy Reader Training
Our literacy lessons are based on the Phono-Graphix Reading Method and all volunteers are welcome to attend training with Read for Africa at any stage.
Once a term we do scheduled a Phono-Graphix Coffee session at Piatto's where new volunteers can attend a brief and informal traning session (approx 1 hour) where the basic concepts behind the method are discussed and demonstrated.
The next Phono-Graphix coffee session will be on Monday 9 September to kick-start our International Literacy Week celebrations. We will meet at Piatto's after school from 10:30am until about 11:30am. If you usually attend on a Tuesday, we hope you can still join us on Monday 9th September for this session.
Regular volunteers are also welcome to attend a more in-depth course on Phono-Graphix and can visit the Read for Africa website or email buddy@readforafrica,com to find out about the courses. Volunteers can attend courses at no charge, but if you would like your own set of resources or would like to work towards the international certification in the method, there would be a nominal fee.
Sponsor a learner at Diesploot Combined - R500 per child/year
If you are in a position to make a donation of R500 you will be paying for all the Edu Fun activities including literacy classes for one child in Grade 2 or 3 for the year. This amount covers all the stationery and worksheets for the year as well as any special excursions or gifts. All the kids receive the same benefits throughout the year, but it obviously just helps us to reduce our costs and provide more to each child when individual kids are sponsored.
When you sponsor a child we allocate a learner to you and send you a photo. We then send progress reports and updates on their progress at various stages in the year.
In order to get a South African Tax certificate please do an EFT into the Edu Fun bank account.
You can sponsor a learner via EFT (bank details below) or you can follow this link to make a credit card payment. Please leave an "appreciation message" as "SPONSOR A LEARNER & YOUR NAME" in the relevant section.
Branch Code: 254005
SWIFT code: FIRNZAJJ
Account Name: Edu Fun
Account Number: 62242345438
Please send us an email and let us know when you've made a payment and give us the name of the child you would like to sponsor or we will just allocate one of the children to you. Please also indicate via email if you would like a South African tax certificate.
If you pay tax in the United States or the UK, the Global Giving Platform may be of interest to you.
On-going Campaigns - please share this information with your friends and colleagues
The Global Giving and MySchool platforms have increased our fundraising potential as these are both platforms that make it very easy for our supporters to give us money.
Click on ether of the images below to find out more about both of these campaigns. If you have a Woolworths card, you can very easily link it to our MySchool campaign which means Woolworths will give Edu Fun money every time you swipe your card, at NO cost to you. You can also fill out the attached form and send it to us or directly to My School.
Please note that Walton's is also a MySchool partner - so please keep this in mind when buying all your stationery.
Thank you to many of you who have already linked your cards and are already swiping away with your card so that Edu Fun can benefit.
OUR PARTNER AND ANCILLARY PROJECTS
Ngangifisa and the Food Pantry - next food distribution is scheduled for Wednesday 21 August 2019 at 11am
Ngangifisa supports 12 of the most vulnerable families in DCS. Within these 12 families there are 55 children. Most have lost one or both parents to violence, disease or have been abandoned.
On the last Wednesday of every month we meet with the eldest child in each family. We share a meal with them, provide emotional support and give them a month’s worth of non-perishable food. Go to ngangifisa.com to learn more or contact us at email@example.com. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
The Baby Club supports young mums, their babies and children at a crèche that they work with that is close to DCS. The aim is to ensure that these teenage mums stay in school and finish matric despite having the additional responsibility of having to look after a child.
This group mend school uniforms on a weekly basis after our Tuesday Buddy Reader Programme. They also provide new school shoes when funds allow. They have recently added shoe polishing to their services which will help protect the shoes for longer and also give some of the school shoes a face lift before needing to be replaced altogether!
Health Project - Eyesight, Dental, Nutrition checks - starting again on Tuesday 27 August 2019.
We provide health, eye and dental screenings to all students at the school. We meet every Tuesday at 8.00am at the Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre returning around 11.00am. It is not essential for volunteers to have medical training. During the screening, children are identified and referred to the appropriate health professional for follow-up. For more information, please contact Michaela at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several of the regular health group volunteers have relocated, so please consider assisting the group on Tuesdays. All our literacy efforts have more impact if problems like poor eyesight, nutrition and other health issues are detected early.
Please contact Jenny on 082 322 0608 or email email@example.com if you have any general queries. You can also contact the relevant person mentioned above for specific projects or events.
Please see the dates to diarise at the bottom of this newsletter for the rest of this term.