A comfortable space for learners

2019-05-28 06:00
Inside a Shine Chapter Centre.

Inside a Shine Chapter Centre.

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Kewtown Primary School appreciates its partners for the positive impact they play in the development of their learners.

This follows a revamping of the school’s Shine Chapter Centre about two weeks ago.

The upgrade was an initiative run by Shine Literacy non-profit organisation (NPO) based in Wynberg, in partnership with Sue Taylor of the Common Good NPO.

The centre provides a safe space for Grade 2 and Grade 3 learners to consult through one-on-one sessions with volunteers every week on Mondays and Thursdays. The painting of the wall aimed to revive the centre’s look, making it a comfortable environment for its beneficiaries. During these hour-long sessions, learners are taught reading, writing and spelling skills.

School principal Cecil Balie says their learners come from different backgrounds and there are those that need help. He says sometimes it is through these sessions that the school discovers that some of their learners are affected by the social ills around them, whether at home or in their communities. He says where needed, such learners get counselling from the volunteers working at the centre.

Balie says the centre plays a positive academic role in the performance of their learners and has been running at the school for eight years.

Pumza Marubelela, the communications and stakeholder manager, says they get positive responses from the learners for programmes they offer at the centre.

She says: “I think this is because the children get one-on-one attention, something that they can’t always get in the classroom because of overcrowding.”

Marubelela says they work with each learner for a period of a year, but if needed they do carry on with learners who continue to need help in the following year.

Marubelela says they have centres supporting seven schools and 26 Shine Chapters, benefiting over 1900 children each year in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Locally they work with schools in Athlone, Green Point, Woodstock, Bo Kaap, Retreat, Ocean View, Steenberg, Kensington and Fisantekraal.

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