There are no lessons for the next few weeks. We resume with our Education programme on Monday 16 April and Tuesday 17 April 2018.
Thank you to all of you for your continued support for both Edu Fun and Read For Africa. As many of you know Read For Africa celebrated it's 18th Birthday this week and it was great to start the week with many of you. Thank you so much for the kind words in the card that you signed and presented to me on Monday!
Please note "Dates to Diarise" at the end of this newsletter as we've added a few things including a Baby Club fundraiser at the Barnyard Theatre on 3 May 2018.
SOUTH AFRICA LIBRARY WEEK STARTS TODAY
South Africa Library Week is March 16-23, 2018 and similar to last year Edu Fun and DCS librarian Benedict Masipa are organising a reading contest to promote the use of the school library. The school library is an amazing facility and we hope this contest encourages some of the younger learners to begin visiting and using the library.
We look forward to seeing the photos on Facebook this coming week.
NO LESSONS THIS WEEK
Volunteer Training follow up session on Monday 19 March 2018
Any volunteers who have attended a one day Phono-Graphix course have the opportunity to pursue the certification as a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist. The next Assessment / Internship workshop will take place on Monday 19 March at St Peter's School from 1pm to 4pm.
All volunteers who volunteer at Diepsloot Combined and Sefikeng are always welcome to attend any of our courses, at no charge especially if you would like additional or more in-depth training in our method. Everyone who attends training also has an opportunity to pursue the international certification as a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist for a nominal fee. Go to www.readforafrica.com for more information or contact me directly.
The Top Up Project - Mending School Uniforms
Karin and Veronika have started the "Top Up" Project at DCS and will mending school uniforms on a weekly basis after our Tuesday Buddy Reader Programme. They welcome volunteers from 10am to 12:30pm every Tuesday.
Karin and Veronika are appealing to our volunteer community to assist them in their preparations for Winter and have asked to keep them in mind if you have any of the following items that are used but in good condition
Black/blue/navy socks, stockings, thick leggings,
Long johns, thermo tops,
Long or short sleeve T-shirts to be worn under a school shirt
Thank you to our wonderful and generous donors Amber Salman, Lindsey Fenthum, Abbi Davenport (and her parents Peter and Sue), Avra Spyrides and Leslie Randolph for recently sponsoring Edu Fun learners.
All of our Edu Fun volunteers display tremendous commitment and dedication to helping DCS students improve reading, writing and spelling skills. In addition to teaching the Phono-Graphix method, volunteers and learners form bonds throughout the year not only during lessons but through social Edu Fun activities such as the zoo trip and annual Christmas party.
The hard work of Edu Fun volunteers is reaping rewards for learners. In 2017 assessment scores showed that over the course of the school year grade 3 student reading skills improved by 60% and spelling skills improved by 73%.
Volunteers who form bonds with specific learners are welcome to select the children (by name) who they would like to sponsor. If you have friends or contacts who don't come to school with us or who live abroad who might be interested in sponsoring a child or children, we can also put together photos and bios of learners and we are happy to update donors with information about the progress of those they have sponsored at various points throughout the school year.
A donation of R500 per child will cover all costs Edu Fun incurs for stationery, books and supplies needed to teach that child throughout the year. In addition the donation will cover the costs for the sponsored children to attend the annual zoo trip, receive an Easter gift and participate in the annual Christmas party.
Please contact Liza@readforafrica.com if you would like to find out more or if you would like to contribute to this initiative.
Health Project - Meets on Tuesdays
Please email Carolien on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information. This group does eyesight and dental checks with the learners as well as provide nutritional and other guidance.
Whilst having qualified doctors and dentists and other health practitioners on the team is a bonus, one does not need to be qualified to assist.
The baby club now meets on Fridays. This club caters for teenage mums who are trying to stay in school whilst dealing with the challenges of parenthood.
Anthea, Leslie, Sarah and the expanding Baby Club team of volunteers are arranging a fundraiser. Please save the date for "Rocking around the world", celebrating the Baby Club at Barnyard Theatre on Thursday 3 May 2018 - more details to follow.