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KARATARA PROJECT

 

Karatara Project

 

March 2010 Skillspro - Futurekids started a community upliftment project that includes 10 Government schools in the Karatara district . For those who do not know where Karatara is, it is close to Sedgefield on the Garden Route in the Western Cape.

We are training 27 teachers in total firstly with IT skills and then teaching them how to teach computer skills in their lessons which they present in class.

We are using the Futurekids Curriculum as a tool to train the teachers and then for them to train the children. Our aim is that they can implement what they have learned that week in their classes and so train the children in an integrated and fun way. 

The teachers are really excited about this project and a few have already started to implement these lessons in their schools. 

 

Excerpt from: The Heart of a Teacher
by Paula Fox

 

 The child arrives like a mystery box...
with puzzle pieces inside
some of the pieces are broken or missing...
and others just seem to hide

 
But the HEART of a teacher can sort them out...
and help the child to see
the potential for greatness he has within...
a picture of what he can be
 
Her goal isn't just to teach knowledge...
by filling the box with more parts
it's putting the pieces together...
and creating a work of art
 
The process is painfully slow at times...
some need more help than others
each child is a work in progress...
with assorted shapes and colors
 
First she creates a classroom...
where the child can feel safe in school
where he never feels threatened or afraid to try...
and kindness is always the rule
 
She knows that a child
can achieve much more
when he feels secure inside
when he's valued and loved...
and believes in himself
...and he has a sense of pride
 
She models and teaches good character...
and respect for one another
how to focus on strengths...not weaknesses
and how to encourage each other
 
She gives the child the freedom he needs...
to make choices on his own
so he learns to become more responsible...
and is able to stand alone
 
He's taught to be strong and think for himself...
as his soul and spirit heal
and the puzzle that's taking shape inside...
has a much more positive feel
 
The child discovers the joy that comes...
from learning something new...
and his vision grows as he begins
to see all the things that he can do
 
A picture is formed as more pieces fit...
an image of the child within
with greater strength and confidence...
and a belief that he can win!
 
All because a hero was there...
in the HEART of a teacher who cared
enabling the child to become much more...
than he ever imagined...or dared
 
A teacher with a HEART for her children...
knows what teaching is all about
she may not have all the answers...
but on this...she has no doubt
 
When asked which subjects she loved to teach,
she answered this way and smiled...
"It's not the subjects that matter...
It's all about teaching the CHILD."