Education

At Tebelo we believe that every person should have access to education. By providing training and free educational resources we hope to empower individuals and communities to achieve this. 

Our Mission

We are driven by our goal where every child can access education.

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What we are doing

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Tebelo Lighthouse, is thrilled to introduce its learner support programme. This after-school initiative focuses on improving literacy skills for students in a safe and nurturing environment. The programme is particularly beneficial for learners who require additional attention beyond regular school hours. Through these sessions, students can access academic support in reading and writing.
 

Currently, the literacy programme has 26 enrolled children, primarily targeting Grade 2, 3, and 4 students. The goal is to ensure effective learning by enabling these learners to read for meaning by the end of the Foundation Phase. Tebelo Lighthouse plans to offer programmes that support literacy learning, empowering parents and communities to actively promote early literacy. This initiative aims to increase the number of children reading and writing at an appropriate level, ultimately enhancing their overall education.

The programme relies on dedicated volunteers from the Plettenberg Bay area. These volunteers provide additional assistance to children with reading, writing, and speaking skills twice a week. Before the sessions, the children are provided with a nutritious lunch. Each session is divided into four parts, including shared reading, paired reading, fun comprehension activities, and game time.

Our Projects

Browse articles and videos on our Blog to see our progress. 

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Our Impact

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 early learning centres (ECDs) were closed for months, leaving no resources for children in informal settlements to be able to learn. Tebelo partnered with various qualified professionals, like an occupational therapist, to put together a program for children under five to be able to continue learning at home.

Educational packs were distributed on 16 July 2020 to the first fifty pre-schoolers in the Melusi informal settlement in Pretoria. Since then, over a thousand packs have been handed out to children under five in Gauteng. Community Health Workers continually support the mothers who visit the University of Pretoria clinic in their community by providing them with training on how to use the material with their children.

The bags, and educational toys which are simple affordable items, can be made anywhere and can easily be duplicated in other contexts. This resource can aid in equipping children with the basic concepts they need to be ready for school once they are able to return.

This 12-week learning program is available on our Resources page as a free download.

Ways To Get Involved

Help us build healthy communities by donating your time, skills, knowledge and resources.

Donate

  1. A larger whiteboard.
  2. Balls & equipment for outdoor games.
  3. Items to create a soccer & netball feild.
  4. Food for cooking sourced from the community kitchen.

Volunteer

  1. Listen to reading, read to children, and work on worksheets with them (all materials will be provided to volunteers).
  2. Music & singing activities
  3. Volunteers for netball with the children

Sponsor

  1. Sponsor R3, 000 per child. Which includes R2, 000 for their annual transportation.
  2. A taxi for transporting the children to the afterschool learning programme, costing R4,800 per month.