LIFE SKILLS & CHANGEMAKER TRAINING
More than 200 children and youth between Grade 3 up to Matric, take part in an educational and interactive life skills training programme named Learn4Life!. Weekly lessons, workshops, study trips and an annual summer camp make sure that learning is practical, relevant and life-changing while remaining interactive and fun.
In our carefully designed curriculum the learners work on one topic (e.g. health & hygiene, environment, business orientation, personality training, social environment & culture) for one full term. Each term highlights in project work through which the participants share their most significant learnings with parts of the community.
Through project work the participants get activated systematically on a peer-to-peer basis, such as running workshops in their schools, doing educational drama performances, putting up awareness posters, handing out awareness flyers and brochures, doing presentations or taking part in clean-ups. The methods used in Learn4Life!-lessons ensure that the learners own the programme and its content, e.g. by involving learners in goal setting, evaluation and design of the project work. Furthermore, the lessons are run by facilitators who facilitate a learning process which includes the learners in the creation of the content (e.g. through online or field research or excursions) rather than having a teacher who is the only source of knowledge.
From grade 3 to 12, learners work in groups of 15 to 20 on our carefully designed curriculum aligned with the Department’s Life Orientation curriculum. The learners work on one topic for one full term:
Interactive and modern teaching methods ensure learners take ownership of their lessons by assisting in generating the content themselves through surveys, interviews or research.
TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA
Each excursion gives the learners exposure to the world outside the township and allows them to get practical input about theoretical topics.
NATURE & ENVIRONMENT
At the end of each term the learners develop their own project to share their biggest learning with their peers.
Every year in December Masifunde offers a Summer Camp of five days for the Learn4Life!-learners as a reward for their good participation in our programmes and projects. The camp usually consists of a balance between content-based workshops and fun-orientated outdoor activities.
In February 2016 Masifunde launched Fit4Life! with a gardening project. The children planted their own vegetables and learned, where the vegetables which end up on their plates everyday, actually come from.
With Fit4Life! Masifunde wants to show children ways to develop a healthy personal lifestyle. Once a week Grade 5 learners meet and discuss topics related to healthy nutrition, sports and fitness. In addition to the lessons they are also going on excursions, for example to a local gym, where a professional fitness coach showed the learners different exercises they can do at home to stay fit.
Masifunde offers weekly Learn2Swim training for Grade 3 to 5 learners. Three times a week the children are taught in basic swimming skills.
Connecting Continents (CC) is cooperation project between Masifunde and Ev. Stiftung Arnsburg, a German organization. The aim of the project is to bring together children from South Africa and Germany to work together on a certain topic, to share knowledge and thereby gaining inter-cultural experience. Via internet the South African and German learners communicate while they work on a specific common topic. Furthermore the project teaches media skills and broadens the horizons of its participants by exploring the own and the overseas culture and way of life.