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Help us increase knowledge of English and reduce dropout rates!
Did you know that approximately 80% of South African children in Grade 4 cannot read for meaning?This is a huge obstacle in their learning process and contributes to thehigh dropout rates that the country is facing. Children in Grade 1-3 learn in theirmother tongue, in Cape Town, that is isiXhosa. Once they start Grade 4, thelanguage at school changes to English. For most children in the townships thatmeans a shift to a language they do not know and therefore, their capacity tolearn and develop reduces.We track all our participant's progress and development. We are doing baseline assessments of our youngest children's knowledge of English so that we can monitor every child’s journey in our ESL program (English as Second Language). It’s a quick and gentle tool to see if they know the basic colors, shapes and how to say their name etc.How can you help?It’s always amazing to see how the children go from milestone to milestone, and by the end of the year how much they’ve improved. With your support we cando even more. Help us expand our ESL program to include our participants in Grade 1, 2 and 3, to increase knowledge of English and reduce dropout rates.
A Christmas for everyone?
Christmas 2021 will probably be one of the most difficult Christmases for children in Project Playground's operations in South Africa. Many families living in vulnerability have been hit hard by the pandemic and the country still has high unemployment. Several of the children have lost family members due to Covid, and with continued isolation, it will be difficult for the children in vulnerability to feel the joy of Christmas. For many, Christmas is the most difficult time of the year, families cannot afford gifts or food and, in many homes, abuse and violence escalate. When the school is closed, the children have nowhere else to go but the street - perhaps the most dangerous place for a child to be. PROJECT PLAYGROUND provides holistic, capacity-strengthening programs and support to over 400 children aged 3 to 18 who live in the townships of Langa and Gugulethu outside Cape Town. The areas are socially and economically disadvantaged, in a country with an absent support system. Many of our children face daily challenges as a result of living in poverty: neglect, abuse, malnutrition, poor access to education and a lack of positive and loving role models, something that is worsened during the pandemic and isolation. The heart of our work is our centers - safe places for children and youth where they can develop just be children. Our facilitators meet the children's physical and emotional needs, including being positive and loving role models and often take on the role of teacher, sibling, parent and friend. Every year we hold a Christmas party for all the children in our operations. At the Christmas party they get to play, eat a good and nutritious meal, they get Christmas candy and a Christmas gift - a sign of love and support which is especially important as many of our children do not feel loved or supported at home.
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