Questions and answers in Maunga
October 7 2015

Questions and Answers in Maunga

Kids Club in the rural Maunga community remains very popular, with over 50 children attending a recent Club day.  The subject of the day’s activities was all about asking questions in order to find out about things and people, as part of our Basic Life Skills course.  Whilst playing a ball game everyone had to ask questions to the others to get to know each other better, and practise asking questions in English.  This, alongside the reading skills that we build during our weekly Book Club sessions, will eventually enable the children to do their own independent research on topics they are interested in.

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Another game was played afterwards where the children learnt to ask specific questions to narrow a topic down to an actual fact; someone in the group secretly wrote a word on a white board whilst the other players had to ask questions to find out what the word was. The children were very keen to find out the words so they could be the one to come up with the next word.

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Moses asking specific questions to find out what word Benson wrote on his white board.

Not only had the children had a good morning at Maunga School, but they, along with about 20 adults present, were happy to receive some clothes that had been donated.  Throughout the year we collect clothes that are specially brought, or left behind, by volunteers.  Whenever the suitcases burst we invite parents and other community members and bring these clothes to one of our schools so that everyone can choose some items. We want to send a big “Thank you!” to those who have donated, bought, knitted and sewn children’s jerseys and dresses for our communities. 

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Everyone was very happy with their new wardrobe.

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.

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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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