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HELP Daily Programme
A homework programme four afternoons a week for disadvantaged children, helping them to understand and expand their knowledge in both reading and numeracy.
‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch.
Over the past few weeks, students in both schools in HPS and TWSP have been exploring the painting, ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch. They discussed what they thought of the painting and what the artist may have been thinking about when he painted it. From there they wrote about the things that made them ‘scream’ including personal things such as spiders or snakes. Then they wrote about what issues made them scream when thinking about South Africa or further afield in terms of global issues such as pollution, global warming, animal poaching and of course Covid. Following this, they then painted the image and used watercolor pencils to make their drawing and then added water to create their own piece of art work. To finish, many of the students ‘posed’ in the same way as the image to add a layer of fun. As you can see, some of their work is very imaginative and some writing, as you can read, is quite thoughtful. Please enjoy their work. Well done to all the students who tried hard on something that they did not find easy!
Each child receives a nutritional snack, piece of seasonal fruit, juice upon arrival. We feel this is very important because a hungry child cannot focus.
Depending on the grade and the need, between 8 and 25 children with potential, are selected by the relevant class teachers according to a criteria list compiled by HELP.
HELP assists children from Grades 1-7.
Each grade is assigned to a volunteer who assists by encouraging the pupils in reading, writing (English) and mathematics.
Every lesson is divided into English and Maths – We find that many of the children are really good at Maths but because they do not understand the English they are not sure what they are being asked and this penalises them heavily.
HELP takes care and notice of each child within the group and monitors any situation that seems out of sorts and reports this to specialists who can assist the child. HELP approaches each child with respect, care and love.
As a priority the children have the opportunity to complete any school homework they were given. Once their school work has been completed, personal assistance is given to each child to encourage a positive good work ethic using the HELP extra work which is both challenging and fun.
HELP’s greatest gift this year is Neville Sherman a retired principal from the UK who taught in Dubai and Vietnam. Neville has brought a phenomenal experience in teaching the kids to get the beat!!! Neville also teaches the children art and acting and so the really difficult year is transformed into a year of fun when they come to HELP.
HELP has developed a board and dice game to facilitate the children’s studying it is designed to be grade and subject specific and makes learning so much more fun.
A qualified teacher is employed to plan and oversee all the extra lessons that HELP gives.
HELP organises cultural outings to broaden the limitations of the children if and when funds permit.
International visitors from different countries come to broaden the children’s horizons but in future will depend on lockdown restrictions.
We bring interesting speakers to talk to the children and give them a broader knowledge about, for example, South African history.
Ambassador Priscilla Jana gave a talk to children on her experiences during apartheid with questions and answers We have invited people to address bullying, extra music lessons, budgeting professionals etc.
We have several computers and have installed an internet connection for the children to do extra guided research. This is important especially for when they go to high school. These basic skills will serve them for the rest of their lives.
HELP believes, and has proved, that by giving children more individual attention and making the lessons as interesting as possible, the children’s marks and self-esteem improve dramatically.
We need R500,000 a year to cover our basic operational costs and a small amount goes a long way to helping us provide the HELP our children need. Click on a donation amount below that fits in with your budget and know that your donation is going to providing lunches, stationery, and operational expenses.