Movement tackles social ills

2016-08-02 06:00
Grassy Park High School pupils are getting fit at school through the help of the Movement in Cape Town organisation which focuses on life skills and physical education.

Grassy Park High School pupils are getting fit at school through the help of the Movement in Cape Town organisation which focuses on life skills and physical education.

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A project at the Grassy Park High Schoo (GPHS) has made a positive impact and created fitter pupils at the school since it started 18 months ago.

Physical education teacher Regan Dolman says pupils of the school benefited from the Movement in Cape Town project for 18 months.

“The pupils are faced with crime, poverty and many other social issues on a daily basis. One of the many goals of Movement in Cape Town is to provide learners with knowledge and strategies to prevent those issues through the teaching of basic life skills such as communication, the importance of teamwork, and self-confidence,” Dolman says.

Movement in Cape Town is a non-profit organisation founded by 26-year-old Hannah Overgaauw, a Dutch student.

“I met her while she was teaching at the school. Her vision and ultimate goal was to ensure that the school incorporated physical education as part of their curriculum,” he says.

Dolman explains Overgaauw first came to the country in 2011 in an attempt to launch her project.

“Unfortunately things did not work out according to plan, which ultimately lead to her going back home to Amsterdam in 2012. Determined to make a success of her project, she returned (to our school) two years later, and Movement in Cape Town has gone from strength to strength since then.

“The school had never had physical education as an official subject, and since it’s inception, Overgaauw’s project has enabled each and every learner to participate in physical activity every week, for one hour. That equates to about 1000 kids getting active and learning new skills on a weekly basis.”

Overgaauw’s stay ended on Wednesday 6 July.

“She (headed back) home to the Netherlands where she will be focusing on expanding the goals and visions for her project. During her stay I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to participate in an 18-month-long internship through the organisation, that has enabled me to be become the permanent physical education teacher at Grassy Park High,” he says.

The project also allows for students from the Academie voor Lichamelijke Opvoeding (ALO) in Amsterdam to do their internship at GPHS.

“However, due to the socio-economic background of the school, it cannot afford to pay a physical education teacher and the Movement in Cape Town project relies largely on sponsorships and donations to fund it’s day-to-day functioning. We have already received sponsorship and donations from generous people in both South Africa and the Netherlands, who have not only agreed to pay a monthly salary while I continue the project, but they have also sponsored a 14-foot storage container as well as physical education equipment – from balls and skipping ropes to clothing and even trampolines. The kids are going to have so much fun,” Dolman enthuses.

V Visit the website to read more about the organisation.


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