In Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, ALERT has been continuing efforts to help expand the minds of the ambitious students at the Chinotimba Pre-School. As the term progresses, our staff have tried touching on new subjects outside of the regular curriculum to fulfill the curiosity of the youngsters. Recently, a lesson was planned to teach the young learners all about different forms of transportation. Planning with volunteers from ALERT’s partner African Impact proved to be most effective, as the students absolutely loved the lesson!
Topics covered varied from road safety and types of transportation, to where the respected transports can be found. ALERT staff and volunteers explained to the students that transportation comes in many forms. Flashcards were created depicting some typical vehicles, aircrafts, and vessels, and were shown to the students so they could identify the name of each form of transport.
Some of the children were very aware of vehicles they see every day such as a car, or bus and ALERT staff were eager to tell them about other transport methods like boats and helicopters, which they can also see in Victoria Falls. The lesson was particularly successful as many students knew the names of all transports in local languages such as Ndebele, but were unaware of the English names. Students then completed a worksheet where they placed twelve different transports into land, air, or water categories.
To finish off, students, teachers and volunteers headed outside into the school’s playground to have the lesson reinforced through games and song. The students picked up the song quickly and were keen on learning some fun dance moves to go along with it! ALERT staff took it one step further, and turned the already amusing song into a game which encouraged the students to be active, and play outside while learning about transportation.
About Chinotimba Pre-School
Chinotimba Pre-School caters to 49 students aged between 2 and 6 years old; many of these children are orphans or come from single-parent families, and often do not have the ability to pay school fees. Despite the financial need of the school, Principal Mrs. Nyathi and her two staff members have made the decision to waiver the costs for children and allow them to attend school.
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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