It’s our second day of the program but the very first day to get out of the house and started to get to know with everyone at the True North and the Vrygrond community.
In the morning, we were picked up and driven to the True North center located in Vrygrond. We met Vicky and Theresa and other staff at the Center. They gave us some orientation about their center, their missions, what they are doing and how they are going to carry them out. I was really touched by what they are helping with the local community here, to improve early childhood education of the children in the area which is really poor and underdeveloped.
Later on, Liz from the Trust Center shared with her a broad but in-depth insight about the early childhood education in South Africa and the extreme significance of education for early age children towards the development of the society in a long term view.
After having a quick lunch with sandwich, snacks, and fruits we all then moved to another interesting session which was led by Mariam Elloker, the ECD specialist for the Pearson Foundation. She taught us how to do story-telling for the kids and how to perform it best, something that we all have to do over the next few days for the kids that we are working with.
For me, I did some sorts of storytelling before but just simply ‘tell the story”, not that exciting and inspiring and required so much skills for that, especially telling the story in English, never ever done that before. So it was so much fun and interesting this afternoon but also the most challenging part of the day. It’s not easy at all. It requires lots of works, sense of humor and skills. Oh, I also learnt how to use the puppets properly and the eyes-contact while playing with them. Playing with the kids is not that simple as I’ve imagined before. Mariam was so amazing. Just over two days, I have met so many incredible people here: Faye, our host, Vicky and Theresa, and then Mariam. I couldn’t tell you better how wonderful they are unless you meet them, talk with them and work with them.
Later on, the drivers took us around the community to see how people here are living in such a very poor condition. To be honest, I was not really shocked while seeing those bad living conditions of people here as it also happens in Vietnam and I already prepared for it. However to some extent, it was different and I was so badly overwhelmed while seeing people are living in small and old truck containers as their houses, and the old and poor-equipped crèches where the kids are educated, rubbishes are everywhere, no local security or police stations, no proper playgrounds for the kids, etc.
So, tomorrow we will start working directly with different crèches. I am in the same group with Rachel and Ronel and so we will work with the Daylight Educare. It has 39 kids aged up to 8, only 2 small classrooms and 3 teachers. I don’t know how it looks like but I’m ready for it, ready for the kids and ready for everything I could do to help the teachers there.
So, it’s all for today. Thanks for reading and following my blog.More real things to come tomorrow.
Good night from Cape Town!