Our Khula Nathi programme was launched in 2018, in partnership with the Engelhorn family.
The programme targets young children between four and six years old from the informal settlements, Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg, in Hout Bay. Through bi-monthly workshops children are exposed to exciting surroundings and fun activities that stimulate fine- and gross-motor skills. With the support of positive role-models they experience new learning opportunities and are encouraged to tackle unfamiliar challenges. They meet and engage with other children, which provides valuable opportunities to practice English, especially for children for whom this is not their home/first language. The children discover, learn, and play in a safe environment, and gain a sense of security. Through the workshops, we are able to highlight the need to maintain good physical health and fitness through fun and play and supplement the physical education participants may already be receiving at their pre-schools and creches.
Zip Zap instructors have forged strong relationships with the staff at the various pre-primary schools and creches. The children are always excited to attend a session with us, looking forward to an exciting bus ride, the visit to the Zip Zap Dome, the opportunity to gain new basic skills and the occasion to socialise and meet new little friends! The schools are hosted three times per year.
We are always impressed by the activities they remember, which are proudly demonstrated to us. While they do not present shows, the sessions are open for viewing by teachers and child minders. We believe there is a real need to intensify and expand this programme.
“The children use the skills they learn at the Zip Zap workshops when they play on the school jungle gym.” – Teacher