After-school-care a critical part of education

2019-02-07 06:00
After school care givers participated in a creative arts training programmes for practitioners.      PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

After school care givers participated in a creative arts training programmes for practitioners. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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A creative arts training programme for after school practitioners was held in Khayelitsha this past weekend.

The information session workshop was to give insight to the programme and what its impact has been over the past two years. It also showed the kind of skills and knowledge that will be transferred over the year.

Facilitator Jaqueline Dommisse said the session was about information sharing and a selection process for those who will participate in the training programme.

She said they train people who do after school care to learners in their communities.

She said after school care is not just about babysitting, as a lot of people assume it to be.

Dommisse said there are activities in the after care.

“Children must be active during after-care because they can easily drop out if they become bored,” she said.

She said in order to achieve this, they have introduced a creative art segment in the after school care so children can compete against each other and not get bored.

Rethabile Sonibare from Khayelitsha said they do have an after school care programme but it only focused on the academic side of things.

“The creative art segment is what was missing in our programme because we focused more on academics,” She said.

She said this programme is easy to work with because it is endorsed by the Western Cape Department of Education.

Sonibare said the training will help them a lot going forward with their programme.

Loyiso Skoti said through the programme he learnt a lot and that he does drama with the children under his care.

He said the training was an opportunity for them to get help so they can help children enjoy after school care.

Skoti said that also parents need to be involved so they can know what happens with their children in after school care.

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