The final term of the academic year 2022 saw lots going on with Matric examinations, a career exhibition, educational camps and parents’ meetings.
The Department of Education rolled out a circular which stated that all learners must be kept at school, motivated and provided with extra lessons. In previous years, learners would stay home to study whenever they were not writing exams, but many would be seen roaming the streets and others were distracted by noise within the community. Parents were informed and we all agreed that learners must get extra lessons and not miss school.
All grade 12’s managed to attend education camps to prepare them well before they wrote their final exams. They had to go in divided groups with the top achievers followed by the lower achievers. During that time many learners faced challenges due to the pressure of study. Some grew fatigued and depressed. Sister Grace provided pre-exam counseling and provided coping mechanisms.
SEEDLINGS, COMPOST AND SHADE NETTING WAS DONATED BY ANDREW SMITH OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT MANAGEMENT SERVICES (EIMS)
- Exams went well without any interruptions within surrounding schools.
- Dedicated teachers worked longer hours to support learners with extra classes, working over weekends.
- The Department of Education introduced a Spelling Bee in schools to help learners improve their English vocabulary as some learners are not able to understand nor spell English words. The Spelling Bee Club members meet twice a week after class.
- Some leaners attended a free computer course funded by Afrika Tikkun in partnership with the Waterberg Welfare Society.
- Learners who attended computer lessons received certificates at the Farmer’s Hall when various stakeholders were present.
- 300 reusable sanitary towel packs were distributed to new grade 8 learners at Meetsetshehla and Leseding High Schools in in January 2023.
- Each school has a vegetable garden which helps to supplement the feeding scheme and is used by students taking a course in catering.
- Learners continue to enjoy balanced meals from school feeding schemes. These help many from disadvantaged families.
MAHLASEDI, MOKOLO AND MEETSHTSHEHLA BENEFICIARIES ACKNOWLEDGED THE RECEIPT OF DONATED SEEDLINGS AND COMPOST. IT WAS A MOMENT OF EXCITEMENT!
THE CIRCURT MANAGER WAS IMPRESSED BY THE SCHOOL PROGRAMME AS SHE WITNESSED ITEMS BEING DONATED TO VARIOUS SCHOOLS AND THANKED THE DONORS FOR THE KIND SUPPORT
Members of The Environmental Club volunteering to grow veggies
- A lack or shortage of learning resources such as computers
- Broken doors and windows
- Shortage of teachers
- Some schools will be merged with other schools which will lead to overcrowding and difficulties for teachers
- Unemployed school leavers could not access study bursaries and are currently sitting at home doing nothing
- Some learners have dropped out of school while others continue to abscond classes.
- Some learners are not coping due to peer pressure and poor family backgrounds.
- Some continued to abuse alcohol and other substances within the school premises
LEARNERS WITH VARIOUS ISSUES DURING THIS TERM = 120
PREGNANT – 6 (3 FROM MEETSHETSHLA & 3 LESEDING SCHOOLS)
MENSTURAL ISSUES – 30 (girls with dysmenorrhea. Pads and counseling were provided)
CONTRACEPTIVES – 29 (were referred to the clinic and reproductive health education)
ADHERENCE SUPPORT – 15 (on chronic medication ie: HIV, Antipsychotics & depression)
MEDICAL AILMENTS – 25 (Post abortion sepsis, anxiety, depression, asthma, migraine headaches & mental health)
SOCIAL ISSUES – 15 (Poor family support, alcoholism, age discrimination, poverty & food insecuritY)
NOTE: MORE LEARNERS WERE REACHED IN THEIR CLASSES FOR ASSISTANCE WITH HEALTH TOPICS RELATED TO LIFE ORIENTATION ie. Reproductive health, nutrition, bullying and risks of teenage pregnancies.
Sister Grace will continue to support learners from surrounding schools and motivate them about the importance of education and hard work while running the recycling project, gardening and providing health education. She will also continue to liaise with stakeholders and teachers to improve learning in schools.
Very many thanks go to
Andrew Smith and his team from Environmental Impact Management Services for their kind donations which brought inspiration, joy and encouragement.
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