With schools closed as a result of the national lockdown, many parents have been looking for ways to make sure their children keep learning – and are occupied – at home.
A new TV show, QuaranTV, might just be what fills that gap.
QuaranTV is a joint effort by Masifunde Learner Development, Masinyusane and United Through Sport with the primary objective of reaching out to as many primary and high school learners as possible with what they believe is positively stimulating content.
Their topics that feature include drama, music, visual arts, health, academics and literacy, meditation, cooking and sports. The first episode aired on Wednesday, 8 April.
The non-profit organisations are actively involved in their local communities in Port Elizabeth.
"There are many learners in challenging domestic situations without any positive stimulation and little or no resources to keep themselves entertained. Yet most of them have access to a television.
"All three organisations focus on education and activation of children and youth in their own specific way. To sit at home without being able to work with our learners directly in a phase when they most probably need our assistance, did not feel right. Together we created the idea to launch QuaranTV," said Masinyusane co-founder Fiks Mahola.
Laura Klapper, programme manager at Masifunde LD, said they are hopeful this TV show will still exist post-lockdown.
"We are currently looking at continuing after the lockdown as we feel it’s an effective way to reach out to children with limited access to the internet. We’re looking forward to professionalising our content as we are quite limited in resources due to the lockdown," she said.
With content that encourages participation from the whole family, it’s a great new show to watch with your little ones. QuaranTV airs Monday to Friday at 17:30 on Bay TV (DStv channel 260).