An Update from our Kids Club in Victoria Falls
June 16 2016

Continuing on with the S.T.R.I.P.E principles introduced last term (Self-manager, Team player, Reflection and Resilience, Innovate and Create, Participator, and Enquirer), the students of our basic life skills course at the Rose of Charity Orphanage in Victoria Falls have entered their second section of the syllabus.  With an introduction to each of the individual principles completed, the class is now focussing on specifics of each principle during lessons that will continue to heighten their comprehension, while giving them more complex practical experience to put the principles into use.

Following the assigned syllabus, the students engaged in the first module that focuses on the “Team Player” element - teaching the students the ability to effectively work in a group and with the individuals in a team.

First in the lesson was a word search that listed both positive and negative adjectives that can be associated with being a team player.  Normally the students are instructed to circle the positive and negative words in two separate colours but, due to the younger age of the students, they were simply asked to locate and circle all the listed words.  Once finished, ALERT staff and volunteers from our partners at Lion Encounter went through the individual words with the students, discussing their meaning and whether or not it is an advantageous quality to have.

It was then time for the students to put the principle into practice.  They were split into four teams and were introduced to the game of ring toss.  Each team was given a set colour of rings and were responsible for organising their teams and the order in which they would participate.  As they began the game and as it continued on, the students encouraged one another and team leaders appeared to take charge of ensuring their teams were competing correctly; implementing the aims of this STRIPE lesson perfectly.

About Kids Club

Kids Club is our opportunity to implement our Basic Life Skills Course.  The aim of the course is to assist children and adolescents to gain essential skills needed to operate effectively in society in an active and constructive way.  Topics in the course include; self-esteem, coping with stress, effective communication, decision making, problem solving and non-violent conflict resolution.  The course has been developed by David Brackstone of John Taylor High School, UK using a programme in use at that school and adapted for use in our schools in Africa.

About ALERT Education Centres (AEC)

Basic Life Skills courses are one aspect of the work of our ALERT Education Centres.  The AEC operations at Livingstone (Zambia), Victoria Falls and Antelope Park (Zimbabwe) are all aimed at supporting the formal education system by offering extra-curricular activities to enhance student learning, and assisting with access to education for vulnerable students.  Current programs include the provision of classes in conservation education, basic life skills, and English literacy.  In addition, we provide funding to pay the fees of vulnerable students to take part in education from pre-school to university level, and fully funded internship and facilitated research placements for university level students.  Future programmes will incorporate classes in numeracy, health & nutrition, physical education and business studies/entrepreneurship, as well as a variety of vocational training.  The AEC is operated in association with Coventry University (UK), Midlands State University (Zimbabwe) and Copperbelt University (Zambia), and with the assistance of David Brackstone of John Taylor High School (UK).   The first AEC, at Antelope Park, was opened in 2012 by the then Zimbabwe Minister of Education, Mr. David Coltart.

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