Xola Educare

I met Vivian Mthwesi while working on a project for CTO.  Vivian runs a preschool in Khayelitsha.  She asked me to help with taking picture of the kids for graduation.  She was such an inspiration in her approach to educate and to guide.

Vivian started by opening her home to 7-9 children in 2008 and now she's accommodating40-70 children between the ages of 1-6 years.  With the help of her family, Vivian dreams to develop the school through sustainability.

As preschools do not reach the governmental standard of requirements, Non Profit Organisations have to step in to cover this very important phase in a childs life.

In Khayelitsha alone, there are more than 400 preschools for Grade R, and only 50 of them get financial support from the government.  Now if you also consider children younger than 6 and put that into the calculation, you realise what a great need there is.

Vivian concentrates on teaching all the kids to be able to communicate in English so the have a head start when going to school.  Also she accepts all races and cultures under her roof, making the kids used to living in a rainbow nation in peace and acceptance.

To get involved:

Vivian Mthwesi - 071 814 0120

CTO - sofia@cto.world

Playtime with Mamiya

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I'm a very traditional girl in many ways and when it comes to doing personal work I always choose to shoot on film. A friend asked me to take a Maiya C220 out for a test drive as he needed some feedback on the condition of his newly acquired toy. So I grabbed a couple of films and took this beuty out to capture some interesting faces.

Mamiya C220

The Mamiya C220 is a lightweight twin-lens reflex medium format camera that was made in the early 1970s. The top lens is for viewing and the bottom for the light to travel through towards the shutter and behind it the film. The lenses are interchangeble and it makes for an amazing portrait camera. Also with the 120 film size you get amazing quality as expected with a medium format camera.

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My first mission was to the old age home in my hometown, where my grandmother used to stay. I met Prof. van Dyk, who used to work at the Huguenot College and gives really good hugs.

Then I met the lady who took charge of the front garden at Silverkruin, Mrs Kotze. She loves gardening, her parrot and has an infectious laugh.

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This is a portait of my mom, I admire her for her strength, honesty and beauty. Truly the most amazing woman I know.

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Lee is a camera enthusiast and the owner of this Mamiya - the focus on this lense is just amazing. I was using a 100mm with this shot.

On my travels through Graaff Reinet I met, Anton, the owner of the Obesa Nursery. He was an eccentric honest man whom allowed me to capture him in his element. The nursery is exceptional, worth a visit when you're passing by.

This was the first shot I took of Mo, such strong features. For more images of Mo

 

 

 

Primary Science Programme

We always emphasize how important education is and in our country it's been a struggle around every corner. If there is a building and the kids are actually coming to school, also books are available. These are useless without our teachers. Our educators are the most important part of our education system and usually the ones being neglected. Primary Science Programme realized this and with their work in the last 30 years concentrated giving our educators the tools to improve the quality of teaching in South Africa.

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"Our projects annually benefit an average of 1200 teachers and over 80 000 children from 130 primary schools, in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape."

- Primary Science Programme

Zorina Dharsey acts as the Director of PSP a registered Trust and a South African non-profit organisation (NPO), governed by a Board of Trustees, and works in the most disadvantaged communities of the Western Cape, South Africa, providing comprehensive and ongoing support to primary school teachers.

 

 

"The PSP believes that good quality primary education forms the basic building blocks for all learners to succeed and pursue further education and employment opportunities, breaking the cycle of poverty."

- Primary Science Programme

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For more than 30 years the Primary Science Programme's work in the professional development of teachers has been driven by commitment, passion, and a 'can-do' attitude towards improving the quality of teaching and learning, particularly in the critical subjects of Maths, Science and Language in some of the poorest and most under-resourced primary schools. They aim build relationships with teachers, and expertly and respectfully respond to their needs with practical teaching strategies, mentoring, and support and provide innovative teaching resources. They believe their approaches and practical methodologies makes the PSP unique, and are key to unlocking the true potential of all of South Africa's children.

 

Started in 1983, the Primary Science Programme (PSP) is initiated by Mrs. Anne Griffiths and established as a project of the Urban Foundation, Cape Town. Anne had identified critical shortcomings in primary science education in the schools run by the Department of Education and Training, responsible for African education throughout South Africa. During the years of "Bantu Education", African schools had to follow a separate and inferior science syllabus with very poor resources and no equipment provided to schools.

Vision – Excellent primary schooling for all South Africa's children, where all educators are highly skilled, committed and confident, and are well prepared and resourced to teach.

Mission – to improve the quality of teaching and learning of the sciences, language, mathematics and the environment by supporting teachers in their professional development.

 

"Every activity was useful and fits perfectly with the CAPS curriculum. It showed me a way of making the teaching and learning process more interesting!"

- Firdows Norton Grade 4 at Heideveld Primary School

"Our guiding principles on this journey are: We believe everybody is entitled to quality education. Every teacher should have access to appropriate professional support. We strongly believe in working in a collaborative way."

"PSP's core competencies in the field of primary education are: Our staff are highly qualified specialists in science, language, mathematics and the environment, and are skilled and experienced classroom practitioners. Our approach to working with teachers is inclusive and participative. We understand and are sensitive to the communities and contexts in which we work."

- Primary Science Programme

To get involved, please contact:
Primary Science Programme
+27 21 691 9039
info@psp.org.za
Edith Stephens Nature Reserve
Govan Mbeki Road
Philippi 7785
or Visit their website

Saartjie Baartman Centre

This month I decided to approach a the first one-stop centre in the country for women, youth and children who have experienced domestic and / or sexual violence in their lives.

It is still a massive problem in South Africa where woman and children do not have a safe space to escape from what could be an abusive environment at home. It is an unfair situation where woman think it is normal to be treated like they are less and children are sitting in the position that the person that is supposed to protect them is causing them the biggest harm. The Centre doesn't only create a safe space, but also educate these woman and children about their worth and their rights. Truly inspiring.

 

"The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC ) is a one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of abuse. Our vision is the creation of a safe and secure society and a human rights culture where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights."

- Saartjie Baartman Centre

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Director, Shaheema McLeod, provides strategic leadership to the Centre. She is responsible for strategic planning for the growth and sustainability of the Centre, for partnership development, fundraising, networking and the replication of similar centres in other parts of the country.

 

"By naming our centre after Saartjie Baartman, we are remembering and honouring a woman who has become an icon, not only to her own Khoikhoi people, but to all women who know oppression and discrimination in their lives."

By The Saartjie Baartman Centre

If you don't know the story or Saartjie Baartman and why she is such an icon and so relevent, I'll give you the short version. Saartjie Baartman was a Khoikhoi woman born in the Cape Colony in 1789 and was taken to Englang in 1810. She was accompanied by her employer, Hendrik Cesars, and William Dunlop, an English doctor who worked at the Cape slave lodge. Because of her large bottom they wanted to show her on stage as a natural marvel, the "Hottentot Venus" to earn money. She caught the attention of British abolitionists while performing in Picadilly Circus and argued that she was made to perform against her will. Dunlop did supply documents that gives her concent, but the validity of these were questioned. She was eventually sold to an animal trainer in Paris to amuse onlookers at Palais-Royal. Baartman lived in poverty, and died in Paris of an undetermined inflammatory disease in December 1815.

The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC) was opened in 1999 as the first multi-disciplinary service (one-stop) centre for abused women and children in the country. This provided an opportunity for organisations to come together as partners to develop an appropriate on-site multi-agency service delivery model for the effective management, treatment and prevention of violence against women and children. It also presented an opportunity for a partnership approach between government departments and the non-governmental sector.

Vision

The vision of the SBCWC is the creation of a safe and secure society and a human rights culture, where women and children are empowered to exercise their full rights.

Mission statement

The mission of the SBCWC, as a human rights-based, non-governmental organisation, is to provide a comprehensive range of services that are accessible and safe to women and children by:

  • Working in partnership with organisations that advocate ending violence against women and children
  • Providing 24-hour emergency shelter, short and medium term residential care, and childcare services
  • Prioritising awareness of women's rights on issues such as HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, legal and socio-economic rights

Objectives

Developmental objective - We have established an integrated and comprehensive one-stop centre for women and children who are survivors of gender-based violence

  • Manage an effective and co-ordinated one-stop centre partnership that provides a comprehensive range of services for abused women and children.
  • Establish, through research, a best practice intervention model to challenge and end violence against women and children.
  • Provide effective community outreach work to end violence against women and children through preventative and awareness programmes.
  • Develop an effective networking relationship with other organisations, networks and tertiary institutions that advocate and seek an end to violence against women and children.
  • Promote research and advocacy on gender-based violence in order to influence policy makers and society in general.
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To get involved, please contact:
The Saartjie Baartman Center
+27 21 633 5287
info@womenscentre.co.za
Klipfontein Rd
Manenberg
Cape Town
or Visit their website

The Bookery

"Bringing the School Library to life"

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I drove past The Bookery one morning on my way to the studio. Not my normal route as I had to collect prints on the way, but still in a road that I come past often I spot The Bookery. Why have I not yet spotted them and what are they about?

After a little bit of research I realized this is my charity for the month! This Non profit organization quickly became close to my heart concentrating on the essentials of basic education, books.

"Literacy and numeracy are the first steps towards social and economic change for both individuals and communities anywhere."

- The Bookery

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The Bookery aims to provide and support school libraries that are under resourced in South Africa. According to them, there is a dramatic shortage in school libraries with over 90% of public schools in South Africa doesn't even have a functional library.

 

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The Bookery was established on 1 March 2010 under the coordination of Rich Conyngham and soon after the first two libraries were open. Thembelihle High School in May 2010 and Lavender Hill High School in June 2010.

The aim was to have a positive impact on schools and learners in under resourced communities both academically and culturally. Making this possible by sourcing books and resources from the general public and a variety of different partners.

The Bookery started as a branch of Equal Education's campaign for school libraries . EE is an organization promoting quality and equality in the South African educational system as well as a leading in youth leadership development. In October 2013 however, The Bookery became an independent NPO and continues its great work in the building blocks of the education of South Africa.

To get involved, please contact:
The Bookery
021 461 4189
info@thebookery.org.za
79 Plein Street
Cape Town
8001
or Visit their website