2 August 2014 – Jumble Sale at Aphiwe
Similar to an after Thanksgiving “Black Friday” sale in America, the jumble sale at Aphiwe Center was a great success. Ladies (and some gentlemen) were very quick to sort through the clothes and other donated items. All proceeds help send the ecclesia’s young people to this year’s youth camp. With Bro. Lucas on the loud speaker, Sister Leona checking people out and additional help from Bro. Andrew and Sis. Attilia, Bro. Ronald, Sis. Rachael and others the jumble achieved its goal.
Fri. 1, Aug, 2014 Sister Deb guest speaking at Aphiwe baptism class (pictures forthcoming)
There is a beautiful moment in education where the students are completely engaged and absorbed into the lesson. Throughout Sister Deb Lea’s object lesson on key ingredients for salvation and Godly living, all students were intently listening and participating in the notes and activity. As she spoke, asked questions and shared, there was a quiet calm of focus surrounding the group. The six young people enjoyed the culminating activity of making chopattiis in the kitchen. It was a truly blessed session to witness.
Tues. 29 July, 2014 Aphiwe Center “Praise and Participation for Positive Assessments” teacher seminar
12 ladies ranging in walks of life and various school settings attended the two hour teacher seminar on using praise and participation to increase positive student assessments. The course discussed the use of praise in the African classroom, five key ways to improve student participation and the use of data assessments to track student growth. The ladies asked valuable questions and seemed to gain a lot out of the seminar. The seminar will be offered at the Tswelopele center next Tuesday.
Sat. 26 July, 2014 “Esther: A Melodrama” Bible Study and Fun day at Aphiwe Center
Sis. Rachael Schaen
I have forgotten how much fun high school students, particularly high school male students, have with dressing up in costume and acting out scenes from the Bible. The young people spent a greater part of the day learning about the Bible times surrounding the book of Esther, the related Jewish holidays, the story of Esther and most importantly, some major life lessons to reflect on in their own lives. After discussing the history and Biblical timeline the young people adorned costumes and acted out a scripture based script with much laughter and thoughtful moments. After a pasta lunch, the afternoon was spent apply the events of Esther’s story to some major life lessons including risk taking, allowing God’s plan to direct our lives and one’s responsibility and loyalty to family-spiritual and physical. Based on the young people’s involvement the day was a blessed, dramatic success.
On the Creche course at the Tswelopele Center with Lilandi:
On the first day of the course, Thursday 24, July 2014, I was given the great opportunity of speaking and sharing a section of instruction with lilandi. I spoke on budget and nutrition in the crèche. Throughout the whole two days the teachers have seemed very receptive. When asked group questions they are starting to take risks and are opening up. Since this is for those working in or creating their own pre-school crèches this is wonderful. At the second session I shared resource ideas to save money and provide creative materials for student learning projects. It was very encouraging to see how, once they were given some ideas with paper rolls or bottle caps, they started sharing ideas for other supplies. Given the low income townships these ladies live in resourcefulness can truly what can save you. When watching the ladies respond to Liliandi’s instruction, it is obvious to see those that truly want to learn and apply the course in their personal lives. There is a quality of work, effort and almost energizing drive to succeed.
After seeing first hand the amazing work which many other women have achieved in their flourishing crèches, I am very excited for these women and I pray and hope they can succeed. The need for teaching pre-school students is great. There are many crèches but not all are focused on stimulated student learning. If these ladies can apply what the course instructs after much dedicated hard work, I am sure they will see the success that other crèche owners and gogos have. For every child that I have ‘sharped’ or seen interacting in a learning game and every for smile and look of accomplishment on the teacher’s face when her little ones do well, I am moved, inspired to be a better cousin and better teacher to those under my care.