Unity is strength ... when there is teamwork & collaboration
wonderful things can be achieved ~Mattie Stepanek
VIDEA INTERN ADDY WELCOMED BACK TO
SLANGSPRUIT PRIMARY SCHOOL
In 1977 VIDEA established as the first global education centre on Vancouver Island, in order to promote greater intercultural understanding and awareness of global issues.
A Few of Videa's Milestones:
1978 – School Speakers Programme
18 speakers able to give talks on different countries and issues organized to deliver over 100 school presentations each year!
1980 – The Cell: A South African Drama Performed
VIDEA’s performance of “The Cell” led to the formation of the group VSAAC – the Victoria South African Action Coalition – which met regularly to direct campaigns against apartheid
1981 – Model Summit Conferences
The Summit Conference involves different groups of students who play the roles of different countries meeting at a conference table devoted to a specific international development issue. VIDEA organized one or two conferences a year and even put together a ‘Guide to the Model Summit Conference’ for other organizations to make use of.
Director: Mandla Ntombela
Chief Librarian: Shanitha Bhim
Ukulapha/Slangspruit Primary School has a very exciting partnership with the Msunduzi Municipal Library. The library is in the process of setting up a full satellite library in the Resource Centre that Ukulapha constructed at Slangspruit Primary School. When completed, it will serve the curriculum and reading needs of the school and also serve the reading and literacy needs of the community. A vision and dream we have held since our genesis.
The Msunduzi Municipal Library will not only staff the school library with a full time librarian and librarian’s assistant, but also a computer teacher for the 16 seat computer lab that is a part of our Resource Centre. Computer lessons will also be offered to the community in between lessons for the Primary School learners.
They are also assisting with upgrades to the grounds surrounding the Resource Centre and the toilets for community use, including providing on site security personnel.
Msunduzi Municipal Library has provided public library services for the people of Pietermaritzburg since May 1851.
In 1975 the Main Library building was officially opened. A beautifully furnished, well-equipped, modern library with plenty of space and ample facilities for its users.
By 2004, thanks to 2 major Carnegie grants, a new children's wing was built and opened in 2006 and a major renovation project was begun on the old building in 2007.
The main library, ten branch libraries and the mobile services, aim to provide a comprehensive library service to all residents of the Msunduzi Municipal area. And the library in our Resource Center at Slangspruit Primary School is a proud member of this wonderful and essential service to the community.
CHILD are responsible for the Power of Protein at SPS…by providing protein enhancement to every single learner. The program commenced with all grade R/kindergarten children getting a cup of milk every morning…then evolved to enhance every school lunch with vegetable protein for every child.
The DoE lunch program to Primary Schools is very starch heavy and so we have a vegetable garden at the school to add some nutrients. And so there are 2 types of lentils, soya chunks and beans with spices and seasoning to make delicious daily meals for all the learners. For many children, this is the only substantial meal they get in a day.
CHILD also participates in the scholarship program, sponsoring top students to Alexandra High.
There is an exchange of letter program between St Alphonsus Elementary School in Edmonton, Canada and the grade 6 & 7 students at SPS facilitated by their success coach, Tyler Austring
CHILD MEMBERS SPONSORING A NUTRITIOUS LUNCH AT
SLANGSPRUIT PRIMARY SCHOOL
positively AFRICA is dedicated to working with African groups to fill gaps created when HIV/AIDS is added to life’s challenges. We are a small group of committed individuals who enrich our lives when we connect with African communities in meaningful ways.
We believe everyone must have the opportunity to live with hope and dignity—and we know that small efforts by those with means can bring almost unimaginable benefits to vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. We have seen it in over 50 projects that we have had the joy of watching blossom.
positively AFRICA was incorporated in 2006 as a small not-for-profit society based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Since it’s hard to be so small at times, positively AFRICA joined forces with VIDEA in 2011. VIDEA has the wisdom of many years experience in international cooperation. positively AFRICA volunteers are so committed to self-directed small projects and the direct connection with community groups that, in 2014, we, once again, become a stand-alone not-for-profit organization. It reduced our fundraising capacity but allowed us to continue to create the liaisons with a handful of groups asking for assistance. We are blessed with a vibrant Board, dedicated volunteers and more than a thousand supporters.
Over the years positively AFRICA has connected with communities affected by HIV in Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, South Africa and Kenya. Examples of areas where collaboration between Canada and African communities has helped include:
• Food, where we have seen increased capabilities in not only agricultural production but also processing. such as the addition of grinding mills;
• Health, with projects that not only support regular visits to Hospital and clinics, but also access to clean water and better nutrition,
• Self-funding, where participants learned ways to generate more income and access important training programs
• Safety for girls, creating protected spaces for female students, and greater learning opportunities for girls
Recently, it has been our pleasure to work with our friend Carolyn, to supports enhanced nutrition for the students at Slangspruit Primary School.
Ukulapha was introduced to the Oak Bay United Church community via the Dason’s and most particularly their son Oliver. The Oak Bay United Church community now sponors the high school education of a Slangspruit Primary School graduate.
TOBUC has a very special friendship with the children at SPS, a rural school in an impoverished community in South Africa. Many children here eat only one meal a day, a meal in school that is provided by the government, but unfortunately lacks nutrition for growth and physical and mental development. In partnership with Ukulapha Outreach Project, funds are sent to Carolyn Burns (founder and director), who lives in South Africa, to purchase nutritious food and ingredients and supervise the preparation of the food, that is served to the over 1,000 students at SPS. The food is cooked in huge vats in the school kitchen. 4 special nutritious meals a year are provided: Easter Meal, Celebration Meal, Ubungane (Friendship) Meal and Christmas meal. For one meal in 2014, a youth member at OBUC visited SPS to help Carolyn purchase the food to be cooked, spend time with the children in class, helped prepare and cook the food and serve the meal.
In addition to raising funds for the 4 special meals, OBUC, together with a family in the congregation, provides a scholarship for a top student at Slangspruit Primary School, to study at Alexandra High School. This opportunity for students from SPS who excel in their work to prepare themselves for higher education, is very much appreciated by the community, and Carolyn not only supports the children, she mentors and monitors the progress of each student under scholarship.
OBUC invites members and friends to share God's blessings with these children. All donations received by OBUC will be remitted directly to Ukulapha for special nutritious meals, unless a special request is received to direct the money for sponsorship. It is our hope that we will be able to provide more nutritious meals for the children at Slangspruit Primary School.
The Reading to Learn (RtL) programme for teaching reading and writing has been developed in a long term
action research project with teachers in Australia at all levels of education, from early primary through to secondary and tertiary study, across curriculum areas. The methodology has been developed in response to current urgent needs, particularly of marginalised learners, to rapidly improve reading and writing for educational access and success. To this end it draws on the theories of Vygotsky of learning as social process; Halliday’s modelof language as text in social context, and Bernstein’s model of education as pedagogic discourse.
These theoretical foundations are integrated in a set of teaching strategies that are optimally practical in diverse classroom settings, and accessible for teachers to acquire and use as part of their ordinary practice in their grade or curriculum area. The strategies have been independently evaluated as four times as effective as other literacy approaches at accelerating reading and writing development, capable of improving learners’reading ability from junior primary to secondary levels within one year (McCrae et al 2000). They are currently being applied in primary, secondary and tertiary contexts in Australia, Indonesia, Africa (South Africa, Kenya, Uganda,) Afghanistan, Sweden and other parts of Europe, Asia and Latin America, with learners from a wide spectrum of language, cultural and educational backgrounds.
Reading to Learn South Africa was aprroached in 2011 to implement the programme throughout Slangspruit Primary School. After discussions with the Principal, Mr Msomi, training began in 2012. All teachers were trained in using the methodology, demonstration lessons were given and materials were created.
In 2013, teachers began teaching using the RtL methodology across the curriculum. At the end of 2014, the staff received certificates of achievement for their hard work.
In 2014 and 2015, teachers and different classes became the stars of three new methodology DVDs which we now use in our training. Ms Bongi Ntombela taught a Grade 1 lesson in isiZulu, Ms Sthe Qoma taught an English lesson in Grade 6 and Ms GT Nkabane taught a factual text for Grade 7.
The school has just received a donation of individual white boards for use in spelling and sentence making - all Foundation Phase learners now have their own whiteboards.
WHEAT (Women's Hope Education and Training) is a loosely-knit group of Canadian women, some of whom left South Africa under apartheid and wanted to give back, others really wanting to help women and children.
Heather Ferris partners with initiatives in South Africa by offering training, supporting development, encouraging Canadian volunteers and donors to connect with women in South Africa. She and Carolyn met in Victoria, British Columbia and became friends.
Angela Beltane recently visited Ukulapha, setting up a garden and irrigation system at Slangspruit Primary School. Heather volunteered for 2 months, helping with community workshops focused on children and grief and Gary, her husband, set up computers and helped staff become more familiar in their use.
Some of the WHEAT women visited Ukulapha and other initiatives on a trip together, after which they raised funds to help build a resource centre at the school.
We learn through our involvement with one another opening our eyes and hearts in the face of privilege and simplicity and inter-cultural experience.