Since January this year the children at Livingstone Kids Clubs have been taking part in a Basic Life Skills course called STRIPE:
S – Self manager: I am motivated and want to do well, I can follow instructions and meet deadlines
T – Team Player: I work well in a team, and can lead a team, I can communicate with others
R – Reflect: I know my strengths and weaknesses, I can set goals and evaluate my work
I – Innovate Create: I can create ideas, I can try new things, I can test and develop ideas
P – Participate: I can listen take part in activities, I respect those around me
E – Enquirer: I ask questions, I can find information to help my learning, I can draw valid conclusions
The STRIPE course has introduced the children to teaching methods and activities they were not used to. Making up their own minds, and expressing opinions was not only hard because of the language barrier, but also a big matter of low confidence levels. In order to build up that confidence, and give the children experiences of success when speaking up in front of a group, the Kids Club Team decided to let the children teach each other.
As a first step, on the 28th of November five children with higher confidence (according to our observations over the past months) of Natebe Kids Club were chosen. Whilst the rest of the children played outside, these five were taught an easy game that can be played with a group of 4-8 children using a coin or large seed. Once the five young teachers were familiar with playing the game, all the children were divided into five groups. With some assistance from our team, each young teacher now taught the game to their friends.
Gertrude teaching her friends how to play “Find the seed”
Chelo trying to “Find the seed” after John had taught her how to play
“Can we do this again? I felt so good, being a teacher. In fact I want to be a teacher one day.” said Bernard once it was time to go home. These positive experiences will hopefully lead the young teachers to speak their mind more often in future. However they also acted as good and brave role models for their not yet as confident friends. In following lessons it’s planned to have more children teaching and assist these young teachers and therefore develop their confidence too.
A slightly changed programme was delivered one week later at Maunga School. There, it was harder to identify children that could lead a group straight away, so we decided to have them work in teams. First they were introduced to one out of two games in a small group, whereas later the groups were mixed and the children both taught their game to their friends and were taught the other game.
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.
Join us at the AEC
There are a number of ways you can join our AEC projects to assist in the delivery of the AECs various programmes. Click on the following links for further information:
- Those with some teaching experience can join our Teaching in Africa internship
- Researchers interested in assisting us assess AEC programmes can join our Research in the Community Internship
- If your interest is in teaching about conservation, you can also join the programme as a Conservation Education Intern
- Even if you have no teaching experience, there is still much you can do to help deliver our various courses as part of our volunteer programmes
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