To provide opportunities outside the classroom for learning & creativity
TEACH is working alongside local schools to provide opportunities for young people to enjoy activities outside of the classroom and offer a platform to unleash their creativity!
The Extracurricular Program offers youth a chance to take part in music and sport that they otherwise would miss out on.
TEACH believes in a holistic approach to education. Children should be stimulated in creative and exciting ways. Many schools do not have the resources to provide opportunities for extracurricular activities, meaning many young people missing out on these creative outlets.
By providing alternative activities, the child is empowered to become a more confident individual and is more likely to attend school. Extracurricular activities promote positive life skills & teamwork, improve academic achievement and much more.
The child can develop people skills, learn about time management, prioritisation and commitment and boost self-esteem. In essence, extracurricular activities create a more rounded and confident individual that can make a positive contribution to the community.
The Sport Program
When TEACH asked local school children what they would like to see in their school, the number one request was sports facilities and places to play. With limited finances, these resources are often low on the priority list.
In the pilot program, TEACH worked with Munngano Primary to build football and netball facilities for the students to learn and play in. Local coaches were recruited to run regular sessions and arrange matches against other local schools.
Together with Afrikit, the schools were provided with bibs, boots and balls, so they had no excuse for avoiding a kickabout! As well as providing a fantastic facility for young people to enjoy themselves, research also shows that children who take part in sports do better in the classroom and have better attendance at school.
The Music Program
Formal music programs rarely exist in African schools, but music is such an important part of culture. Through the Music Program, TEACH offers children an opportunity to discover new skills and encourages creativity.
TEACH has sourced local, trained musicians and provided instruments. Students are trained in basic music skills and a comprehensive marching band routine.
Once practiced and competent, the initial group of students gain sufficient skill to be able to teach the next group of students. In keeping with TEACH’s core values, this method of peer education is sustainable and allows the gift of music to be experienced by pupils year upon year.
The success of the pilot scheme has resulted in the school marching band performing every day before morning assembly!