Osizweni Develops ECD learners through competitions

It has been proven over the years that a well-crafted and specialised learner intervention  yields good return on investment. This has been the case for most of the Osizweni interventions  particularly Project A.

Project A enrolls well performing Gr. 10-12 learners over a period of 3 years. Learners receive intensive and continuous academic support from Gr. 10 in the first year through to Gr.12.  Learners take part in a range of activities including workshops, hands-on science experiments, computer based tutorials,  computer literacy, life skills and career guidance.

Realising the impact that Project A has had in the community of eMbalenhle, producing more than 100 Matriculants who are studying at  various universities in the country and have registered for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related careers. Osizweni together with Sasol have decided to extend the Project A intervention to Dipaleseng with the aim of increasing the percentage of quality Matriculants who can be sourced by industry for tertiary as well as vocational training in the area The project has been implemented in three  schools namely Isifisosethu, Sesheng as well as I.M Manchu Secondary Schools which all fall under the Dipaleseng Municipality.  the intervention currently caters for approximately 30 Grade 10 learners .These learners meet at Isifisosethu Secondary School  in the afternoons where they receive aditional focused educational support. 

Osizweni’s Toy Library provides children at the early childhood developmental phase (age 3-7) with opportunities to use a variety of educational toys that have been specifically designed to cultivate their cognitive, social, psychological and physical competencies in fun and interesting ways. The centre is not merely for the purpose of keeping the children occupied outside the conventional classroom. It is facilitated learning through a wide array of educational equipment, guided by practitioners and the Toy Library staff. As the children navigate through the different educational tasks, they acquire skills and competencies (such as sustained concentration; adequate grasp of chronology; resilience; social cohesion; self-confidence) that enhance their school readiness levels, and allow their transition from preschool to school to be less stressful.

On a weekly basis over 30 Early Childhood learning Centres visit the Toy Library in an attempt to benefit from the many educational resources made available to them. On an annual basis, the Toy Library hosts a competition for the top 10 attending Early Childhood Centre’s. These Centres compete against one another in an aim to achieve the following:

  • Give learners an opportunity to express themselves by displaying the knowledge and skills they have acquired at the Centre throughout the year
  • Introduce learners to healthy competition from a young age.
  • To lay a good foundation enabling better progression in life.
  • To encourage and enhance the love for numeracy and literacy. 
  • Encourage and motivate Practitioners through the performance of their learners.
  • Allows Practitioners introspection of their work.  

Learners compete in teams by taking part in 15 different activities, these activities included puzzles; numeracy worksheets; patterns; Maths lotto; Maths bingo; visual tracking; threading and matching objects. These inter-active activities are either done manually or are computer based.

ECD centres rotate their group of learners between activities. Learners begin the activity at the same time, the top three winners in each activity are selected based on correctly completing the activity in the shortest amount of time. The school with the highest amount of placings wins the overall competition.

This year’s winners for the Grade R group of learners are Illuminate Day Care Centre in first place followed by Bambanani Day care Centre in second place and Isiqalo Day Care Centre in third place. The winners for the age 4-5 group of learners are Ekujabuleni Day Care Center in first place followed by illuminate Day Care Centre in second place and Isidingo Day Care Centre in third place.

”The impact which the Toy Library has on learners is always seen during these competitions. Most of the best performing Day Care Centres are those who are committed and consistent in their weekly attendance to the Toy Library the learners did well and we are very thankful to the Day Care Centres that participated in the competitions” said Maker Masemola, Osizweni Toy Library Senior Practitioner. 

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