Early School Intervention Programme learners graduate

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Learners who took part in the Kidz Care Trust Early School Intervention Programme.

Seventy-two learners from Atlehang Secondary School and Chweletsang Primary School in Mangaung who took part in the Kidz Care Trust Early School Intervention Programme, recently graduated at a ceremony celebrating their achievements over the past two years.

Community Developer, Lehlohonolo Motshabi, said they held the ceremony to show how proud they were of the learners. “We are proud of their growth during the past two years and wanted to show them that they have come a long way, while also wishing them well for the future.

Only about 52 were able to attend the ceremony, but having their teachers and parents here with them meant a lot. These parents have trusted us with the children and it was amazing to have them here supporting them,” said Motshabi.

The learners in the programme were selected in various ways. Some volunteered, while others were nominated by their teachers and parents. “We partnered with the schools and introduced the programme to them. We then asked the teachers to assist us in identifying learners who would benefit from the programme, ranging from those who were troublesome, quiet and also those who are intelligent.

We then went through the recruitment phase with them, explaining what the programme entails and met with them once a week,” he explained.

Motshabi added that the feedback they have received from the parents and teachers has been amazing. “We are not saying that their children changed overnight or within two years. However, many have stated that the learners are now able to make better choices and they think through their decisions before making them.

Their communication has become more assertive, and they have also been able to positively influence their friends as well,” concluded Motshabi.

Seithati Semenokane

seithati@centralmediagroup.co.za