What Does the ANNA FOUNDATION do ?
3 R’s PROGRAMME : READING I RUNNING I RIGHT-ING
In the afternoons the Anna Foundation implements the “3 R’s Programme: Reading, Running, Right-ing", with Right-ing referring to ‘right living’. This is a professionally designed programme aimed at learners from Grade R to 12 and involves education, sports and life skills programmes. Children attending the after school do so voluntarily and participate in all three aspects of the programme.
Reading: The ‘Reading’ hour focusses on education. Each child receives a grade-specific worksheet which includes literacy and numeracy activities. Each month we focus on a different life skills theme and the activities in the worksheets are central to this theme. Homework support is offered and remedial assistance is given to those children with learning barriers, many of whom have various degrees of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. FAS (or Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders) remain prevalent in the rural communities affecting not only academic ability but also the self-confidence of these children.
Running: The focus of the ‘Running’ programme is to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle through sports. The sports lessons are aimed at increasing fitness levels, improving motor skills, developing team work and introducing the children to new types of sports.
Right-ing: Life skills lessons are taught through drama and drama games. The focus of this programme is to instil values and deal with social issues by developing communication skills, problem solving skills, creativity and imagination as well as learning to have empathy for others. Drama helps children to develop confidence and positive self-esteem. For us, building a child’s self-esteem is the most valuable tool we can give them.
The above 3 R’s Programme is implemented every afternoon at various sites. The children attend the after school once they return to the farms from their day schools. Facilitators arrive at 14h00 to set up and prepare for the afternoon. The children usually arrive from school around 14h30/15h00. The programme runs for 2 hours every afternoon. The first hour is for academics (homework + educational programme) followed by an hour of sports or drama (alternating every afternoon).
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING FOR WOMEN
The Anna Foundation provides skills training and development for women from the farming and rural communities. The aim of the training is to provide them with the skills required to successfully implement the 3 R’s Programme. They need skills typical of a teacher, a care giver and a sports coach.
Our farm women receive:
- Monthly formal training session (focuses on teaching strategies, child development, classroom management, learning tools, 3 R’s curriculum revision)
- Onsite training from Project Managers (programme and project specific activities and needs)
BENEFITS OF THE 3 R’S PROGRAMME:
- Designed by professionals: educational specialists (educational programme), a drama therapist and drama play specialist (life skills programme) and persons with specialisation in Human Movement studies (sports programme)
- Specific to the needs of our beneficiaries (rural/farm children)
- Educational support that is child-centered
- We adapt our interventions to the level of the children
- We can repeat something over and over using remedial programmes and activities
- Our groups are small enough to offer individual attention to all children
- Empowerment of children in rural areas by means of improved self-worth and self esteem
- Empowerment of women in rural areas by means of skills development
- Providing opportunities for rural children to broaden their vision and appreciation of life
- Holistic development and positive, healthy lifestyles
- Sport as a means to promote health, education and self-development
- Creating alternatives to a cycle of substance abuse and lack of hope in rural communities
- Upliftment of rural communities and parent-child involvement
- Creating opportunities for well-adjusted future leaders and citizens of South Africa
- Creating a platform for involvement of local communities and volunteers
- Innovative use of limited resources
- Easily replicable model
- Flexible model adjustable to a variety of schools and community settings