Building a better future through education
August 1 2016

Over the course of the past few months, ALERT funds in Victoria Falls have been allocated towards improving the infrastructure of early childhood development (ECD) classrooms in the area.  A classroom at Monde Primary School in the rural area of Monde and the Chinotimba Pre-School classroom block were both allocated funds for major refurbishments.

The Monde Pre-School classroom was completed at the end of June, with volunteers from our partners at African Impact spending some of the month of July painting educational murals on the inside walls and preparing posters for the classroom’s lessons at the teacher’s request.  Much of the basic building had been erected before ALERT was asked to assist, with funds helping to complete the structure, its roof, plastering, and painting of the classroom.  Now, Grade R children at the school have a safe place to learn. 

This month, construction began at the Chinotimba Pre-School, where structural improvements are needed.  Over the course of the next few weeks, the damaged roof and corner of the school will be repaired.  Later, plastering and painting will commence to give the school a new lease on life. 

Meanwhile in Livingstone in Zambia, work is nearing completion of a new classroom for grade 8 and 9 students at the rural Maunga School, as well as a grade 7 classroom at Natebe Community School.

At our Gweru project site, our work has been focussed on providing assistance to teachers at four schools in the nearby Mkoba township. 

At Mickey Mouse Pre-School this month, young learners were introduced to the vowels.  Having learned about the sounds of each letter, the students were tasked with writing them out.  This proved to be slightly challenging, as some learners are still finding it difficult to hold a pencil.

The special needs class at Mkoba 4 Primary, meanwhile, have been continuing their focus on English comprehension.  Lessons include reading a story to the students, and then asking them questions relating to the story to test their understanding of the message.  Students also had a lesson on past tense words, and were tasked with making sentences using these words. 

For students at Mudavanhu School for the Disabled, horse riding is being used as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment; especially as a means of improving coordination, balance, and strength.  The students’ motor behaviour, as well as other behaviours, are being assessed during these sessions to evaluate progress.

Simple movements to improve coordination and balance have been introduced.  While on the horse, students lift their arms up and down and perform other activities using their arms. 

Finally, Takunda Primary has recently decided to introduce rugby to its sporting activities.  However, the teachers find it hard to train children in the sport, because of a lack of technical knowhow.  As a result we have been asked to assist in the training.

The training session started with a basic introduction to how the sport is played, the rules and some basic physical exercise, after which, the students played a short match.  Whilst the boys are playing rugby, the girls are engaged in soccer, again with the assistance of our staff and volunteers.

About Our School Development Projects

Our aim is to increase the capacity of the schools with which we work to offer higher learning possibilities for their pupils.  All the schools surrounding our project sites are severely resource limited with classes that are over-crowded and lacking educational materials.  Our projects therefore focus on: school building and refurbishment to create improved learning environments; resource provision of educational materials needed to enhance lessons, and teacher assistance to help teachers plan and run lessons more effectively.  All programmes are operated in agreement with the school in question, and with approval from relevant educational boards.

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