Brighter future in class

2017-11-14 06:00

Summit Primary School in Hanover Park had a Thursday to remember when the school received various donations.

Representatives of Old Mutual visited the school to spread a message of hope, while also donating gifts. They also provided a more vibrant and better equipped classrooms for learners in Grades 0, R and 1.

Local artists were also invited to take part through the display of their talents.

School principal Erfaan Isaacs says they are very pleased that Old Mutual approached them.

“We don’t have the funds readily available to spend on educational resources. When outside companies come in with assistance, we are glad for that. Some of our kids come from uneducated environments or from horrible situations or dysfunctional families. We try to create a learning space which is beautiful and educational. Sadly that costs money.

“There is no stimulus at home where the learning programme can be extended. Once the kids come to school, we want to make it as visual as possible for them. That is why the educational charts, the pictures would be going up and it will improve the learning process,” says Isaacs.

One of the project coordinators, Shaakirah Hendricks, says Old Mutual’s help is available to all organisations in need.

“We chose Summit Primary because there was a community that needed our help, with all the gangsterism around us. With that, we just want to spread the love which we did in the assembly.

“We want to instil the qualities of love, humility, kindness and sharing among the learners. We just want them to be in a bright learning environment where they can focus. My mom came out of Hanover Park and the circumstances she came out of ... sometimes when you come to school, you come with that baggage. We just want them to come into a class where it is bright and full of love,” she says.

Isaacs reiterates the importance of providing visual educational stimulus in the classroom to enhance the learning experience.

“The aim is to make it as visual as possible. The circumstances are not conducive to learning at home. We all know that a kid learns very well if all the parts are involved: The school, the parent and the kid themselves, but this is lacking in certain departments sometimes. The learning process is not extended to the home environment. We make full use of every opportunity at school to make it as much an educational experience as possible, because once they leave the schoolgrounds, sadly it stops. Not at all homes, but some of the homes,” he says.

He hopes the brighter classrooms will provide a catalyst for children to discover their hidden skills and talents.

“We never know who we’re going to touch by this programme. Some kids are visually geared towards learning, others are ductile inclined with their hands. This exercise and what is happening here may impact a learner at different levels,” says Isaacs.

Summit Primary School in Hanover Park had a Thursday to remember when the school received various ­donations.

Representatives of Old Mutual visited the school to spread a message of hope, while also donating gifts. They also provided a more vibrant and better equipped classrooms for learners in Grades 0, R and 1.

Local artists were also invited to take part through the display of their talents.

School principal Erfaan Isaacs says they are very pleased that Old Mutual approached them.

“We don’t have the funds readily available to spend on educational resources. When outside companies come in with assistance, we are glad for that. Some of our kids come from uneducated environments or from horrible situations or dysfunctional families. We try to create a learning space which is beautiful and educational. Sadly that costs money.

“There is no stimulus at home where the learning programme can be extended. Once the kids come to school, we want to make it as visual as possible for them. That is why the educational charts, the pictures would be going up and it will improve the learning process,” says Isaacs.

One of the project coordinators, Shaakirah Hendricks, says Old Mutual’s help is available to all organisations in need.

“We chose Summit Primary because there was a community that needed our help, with all the gangsterism around us. With that, we just want to spread the love which we did in the assembly.

“We want to instil the qualities of love, humility, kindness and sharing among the learners. We just want them to be in a bright learning environment where they can focus. My mom came out of Hanover Park and the circumstances she came out of ... sometimes when you come to school, you come with that baggage. We just want them to come into a class where it is bright and full of love,” she says.

Isaacs reiterates the importance of providing visual educational stimulus in the classroom to enhance the learning experience.

“The aim is to make it as visual as possible. The circumstances are not conducive to learning at home. We all know that a kid learns very well if all the parts are involved: The school, the parent and the kid themselves, but this is lacking in certain departments sometimes. The learning process is not extended to the home environment. We make full use of every opportunity at school to make it as much an educational experience as possible, because once they leave the schoolgrounds, sadly it stops. Not at all homes, but some of the homes,” he says.

He hopes the brighter classrooms will provide a catalyst for children to discover their hidden skills and talents.

“We never know who we’re going to touch by this programme. Some kids are visually geared towards learning, others are ductile inclined with their hands. This exercise and what is happening here may impact a learner at different levels,” says Isaacs.

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