Education

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Education programmes

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The Baby Box Programme

This project aims to significantly decrease Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and is an integral part of our First Thousand Days programme. Support for our pregnant mothers starts at our Owethu clinic, where mothers attend a series of information workshops aimed to educate them about their physical, mental and social health and they further sign a ‘Not A Drop’ pledge, promising to abstain from drinking alcohol for the duration of their pregnancy.  After attending all workshops and participating fully in the programme, mothers receive a complete Baby Box full of items that they will need for their new baby.

First Thousand Days (FTD) Programme

The early years of a child’s life are important for healthy growth and development. The Pebbles FTD Programme commenced in March 2016 and is not only designed to meet the holistic needs of our babies but to also stimulate the development of children from conception and help their parents to give them the best possible start in life.

Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme

Our carefully constructed curriculum for children between the ages of 0 – 6 includes all the necessary resources, equipment, parent support and educational support.

After School Club (ASC) Programme

Our After School Cub programme provides support to school-going children between the ages of 7 – 18. When they return home after school to the farm on which they live we provide homework supervision, academic support and an opportunity to participate in fun and exciting extra mural activities. These include drama, art, sport and dance. This programme also helps parents who need to balance work and other family commitments.

School Leaver Programme

Mid-teen years is a tricky period in any child’s life. School subject and career choices, application processes and further education opportunities can be overwhelming. We work with our children to help them to make informed, self-aware educational and career choices.

Additional Educational Programmes

Staff Training Programme

Many of our facility staff come from the farms on which our children live. All Pebbles ECD centres and ASC staff are carefully selected and attend monthly training sessions. These sessions include curriculum guidance, the introduction of new techniques and the provision of educational resources.

The Special Educational Needs Programme

Our special (Educational) needs programme aims to address barriers to learning and developmental delays in children from as young as 4 months up to 18 years. These barriers to learning mostly include developmental delay, visual perceptual problems, problems with motor development and poor language skills. We strive to support our children through an integrated framework of intervention services.  It also addresses problems with visual perception processing, delayed motor development, and physical disability. We support our children through a range of interventions, which include early identification and screening, assessment and referrals.

ECD Supplementary Programmes

Mobile Toy Library

Many of our children do not have educational or recreational toys of their own at home. Through our colourful mobile mini bus toy library, our children are able to borrow a toy on a fortnightly basis.

ECD Special Needs Programme

Our special needs programme addresses barriers to development and learning caused by speech and language difficulties. It also addresses problems with visual perception processing, delayed motor development, and physical disability. We support our children through a range of interventions, which include early identification and screening, assessment and referrals.

Educational Outings

By taking our children on educational trips, Pebbles opens up a world of new environments, experiences, interests and possibilities for them.

ASC Supplementary Programmes

Mobile Book / DVD library

Children develop literacy skills through books. Our mobile library means accessibility to books for children who previously had none. It also encourages family togetherness and entertainment through a selection of DVDs and games.

Maths And Literacy Programme

We started the mathematics and literacy support programmes in 2014 to assist our after school club learners with these important subjects. Our team of 5 staff follow specific programmes designed to grow knowledge and understanding in maths and literacy, in a way that complements the school curriculum. We monitor progress through continuous assessment and we evaluate achievement through school results.

Mobile Computer Learning Programme

Computer literacy is essential to survive and thrive in a digital world. Through our mobile computer programme, children learn practical and technical skills that allow them to complete school assignments and generally become more familiar with a digital environment.

Programme Dreams / Goals

Youth Leadership Centre

Our dream is to build a leadership centre to provide the ideal multi-purpose facility for all our after school club programmes and services. Older farm children will have a stimulating space in which to access information, make informed career and life choices, and learn leadership skills.

Dedicated Special Needs School

A core aspect of the work we do at Pebbles is the provision of special needs support to children with barriers to learning or specific learning disabilities. A dedicated school would mean a nurturing educational environment were these children would get the learning support they so desperately need. Plus, they will have access to a range of other activities to help their development.

Individual Child Mentorship

An effective mentorship match programme means that each child will spend quality time with a role model. In some instances, a mentor is the first person to take a real interest in the child’s aspirations. Mentors will offer one-on-one advice and help the child to discover their dreams and to reach their full potential.