WILD COAST UPLIFT AND OUTREACH THROUGH TEACHING PROJECT, SOUTH AFRICA
Volunteer in rural and village schools along South Africa's scenic Wild Coast and focus on enhancing education with the older children through computer literacy skills and sports development.

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The Wild Coast, with its strong amaXhosa culture, vibrant population and environmental significance, is a destination of recognized developmental importance in democratic South Africa. The Wild Coast Schools & Community Project started a few years ago with 16 broken laptops, 4 working ones, a dilapidated outbuilding and lots of enthusiasm. Today we are proud to say the project manages around 150 computers in four labs, reaching over 1000 learners with computer literacy, and is involved with six rural schools.
 
The project focuses primarily on three main aspects:

Computer Literacy Skills Development:  Computer literacy is only in its infancy in the Wild Coast region. Working from an established course framework, volunteers are part of developing a module of appropriate teaching resources for future use in computer literacy courses in rural South Africa.  The project is committed to resource schools with computers and put into place the necessary training and continued support for these schools to allow them to produce competitive learners for the demanding technological world of adulthood.

Ultimately the program works towards:

  • Meeting learning criteria by teaching computer literacy through reading, maths and the sciences
  • Developing Environmental learning and applied competencies through sustainable technology and life skills
  • Interactive Sport’s Development
  • Equipping rural and peri-urban schools with computers (a multi-phase project)
  • Continued development of appropriate teaching aids and support structures for both teachers and learners

Interactive Sports Development:  The sports initiative is an exciting drive to introduce and develop on-going growth and appreciation in the sporting arena in socio-economically challenged areas of the Wild Coast. For the most part, schools lack the resources and the capacity to provide effective sports opportunities for their learners.  The program will strive towards creating a formal sporting framework where new sports disciplines, teamwork and the understanding of sport etiquette are developed. In a country such as South Africa, sport is able to encourage not only a healthy lifestyle, but also develop necessary social skills and peer understanding that is essential to the stability and well being of our society.

Environmental Education and Aesthetic Upliftment of schools:  The project has also become increasingly involved in environmental aspects of the school. Volunteer presence in the area has allowed the project to partner with the WWF/WESSA Eco-schools programme by providing booster support to existing environmental projects under the guidance of the Eco-schools team. This partnership is to continue into the future and will involve supporting a range of targets from marine and coastal education, water and sanitation, vegetable gardens and general aesthetic improvements and playground development.

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