Stars in Education Competition Entries




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Recent Entries:

(Ordered by number of votes)

Doorkie Livingston, The Birches Pre-Primary, Durban, Kwazulu Natal

Number of votes: 256
Project Name:

SOW to LIVE

Project Description:

Sow to Live trains educators in Permaculture, a sustainable way of growing food and living. In order to teach our children how to cope and adjust to the effects on our environment, we equip teachers with the knowledge and practical steps that they can implement in their own schools and communities.

What made you start this Project?

My daughter began at The Birches, and soon she was asking where our recycle bin was at home as a result of the eco lessons taught there. This made me really think about the way we were living. After completing a course in Permaculture Design, I was given a strip of ground at the school, where I began forming a Permaculture Demonstration Garden for others to learn about how to change their way of life.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

We have had many teachers on our courses from the Durban area, who have gone back inspired to teach their pupils, as well as homeowners who want to make a difference in the way they are living and growing. As a result we have also upgraded the Recycling Depot at the school to encourage the community to become more sustainable in that area. We have begun networking with more and more like-minded people, and are starting to have a positive impact in their lives, as well as the community. Participants from Imagine Durban, SASRI, EThekwini and other organisations have also attended workshops.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

Many people are unaware or not interested in making a difference, and as a result, the beginning was tough to convince others that it is up to us to make a difference - even if small. Funding and physical assistance is not always in abundance, and many times it has been my husband and I working after hours to achieve what we set out to do.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

I persevered, believing that if I touch and inspire just one or two, then they will in turn inspire others... today we are seeing lives changed. As for funding and help, it has forced me to find alternatives and \'use what we have\' to make it happen. Often we have used recycled junk to build what we needed - very permaculture!

What have you achieved through your project?

Apart from the now-flourishing Permaculture Demonstration Garden, the Food Forest, and the Recycling Depot and training others, the most important has been to build relationships and see people grab hold of permaculture as a way to live - for me that is by far the most rewarding.

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

Our Recycling Depot was built through raised funds, and we have been able to secure some partnerships through other interested parties by the work we have been doing in our Food Forest and other ventures.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Because we are based on the school premises, and we work hand-in hand with The Birches, any awards or recognition is often shone in their direction so that they can benefit.

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

Through Scilla Edmonds and WESSA

Francis Zungu, Kearsney College, Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal

Number of votes: 168
Project Name:

Makaphutu Children\'s Village

Project Description:

Makaphutu is both a children’s village that serves as a home to 51 vulnerable children and orphans as well as a community outreach hub that helps to empower the surrounding HIV/Aids affected community. Makaphutu’s dream is to break the \"orphan cycle\" in the community by raising their children with love and the skills and emotional stability to start a complete and regular family unit of their own when they grow older.

What made you start this Project?

Mr Zungu is a teacher that is always trying to help someone, get involved in a project and inspire the youth to get involved in community work. His heart is completely for helping orphans and doing whatever he can to make their lives that much better! All of their children’s parents are suffering of or have died of HIV/Aids. Some of the children are HIV positive, some have been abandoned or raped, others physically and mentally abused. Children are placed at Makaphutu when their families and the community in which they live are no longer able to support and nurture them. The first goal of the Children’s Village is to nurture orphaned and vulnerable children to wholeness. Long term, they believe they are raising servant leaders who will help create healthy, sustainable communities. For now they wish to provide the children with a loving and safe environment where they will be able to lead normal, healthy lives, receiving a proper education and the life skills necessary to succeed. It was clear that the children’s greatest need is love, and through their practical Christian ministry they (Makaphutu) attempt to give them that love and nurture in everything that they do

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

While Makaphutu is first and foremost a children’s village, part of its goal is to positively impact and change the surrounding community, which suffers from multiple social, economical and physical problems. Makaphutu is ideally suited to be a community hub: a central venue for training and gathering, as well as a storehouse from which to reach out to those in crisis. To this end there are several initiatives in progress, and others in planning. The Little Hills Day Care and Pre-school Centre functions out of one of the buildings on campus and serves 79 children from the local surrounding communities. Every day they fetch the children in their minibus and take them to Makaphutu where they have a nutritious breakfast before a day of songs, educational activities and play. In addition the Hlanganani Early Childhood Development (ECD) Training Centre is run from campus, and is responsible for training and equipping approximately 120 ECD teachers each year. Furthermore, there is the Makaphutu Training Centre which has a computer lab, classrooms, and workshops for the training of members of the community. SETA courses have been run in the past, and several FETA courses are scheduled to be hosted in 2013 in conjunction with Elangeni College. A fully equipped welding workshop is in the advanced stages of installation.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

One of the greatest challenges has been getting funding to buy the simplest of things on the Makaphutu wish list, that are basic necessities for the children. Another challenge has been getting counselling for the children. In order for them to grow up normally, and one day have a normal family, they need to get counselling - considering that most of them come from extremely difficult backgrounds. Some have been abused, others have lost both of their parents to HIV/Aids.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

Through a generous donation, we raised R10 000. We also hosted an even at Kearsney, through the guidance and help of Mr Zungu, which raised a further R8 000 for the charity. Shoes for 40 of the children, blankets for all of the children, biscuits, and custom donation boxes for shopping centres around KZN for blankets, and other things for the children have been donated. As it says below, Kearsney also won the \"Rage for Good\" campaign, which Mr Zungu helped with extensively - this raised a further R50 000 for the charity.

What have you achieved through your project?

51 orphans have been given a loving home, 79 children from the surrounding community have a play school, 120 early childhood development teachers are trained a year, and 6500 are given to those in need every month. Through our direct efforts, money has been donated that will increase the impact of Makaphutu and they will be able to build on their already dynamic charity. The children have also been given blankets and shoes, which is a huge blessing for the children. And through the donations from the donation boxes, many more donations will be going to the charity soon.

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

Yes, R10 000 through a donation, R8 000 from an event that was held for the charity and then (as it says below) a further R50 000 for the charity from the \'Rage for good\' campaign.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Yes, we received R50 000 for wining the \'Rage for Good\' campaign 2013.

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

Google

Morgan Lands, Hudson Park Primary School, East London, Eastern Cape

Number of votes: 142
Project Name:

Harvest Day

Project Description:

The Harvest day celebration is an annual multi-cultural/religious event of drama, dance, singing and religious appreciation where we thank God for our many blessings and give to others. Our school shows their gratitude and appreciation by working together in making a tangible difference in alleviating the suffering in our community. Each grade in the school adopts a charity each year and works towards supporting them through either creating items (such as knitting blankets for old age homes and newborns) or donations raised through their efforts (e.g. money raised by running entrepreneurial stalls, money raised by wearing casual clothes to school). We try to use the set curriculum in innovative ways that allow children to create useful items through integrated lessons e.g. dance performances, pickling and selling onions. The culmination is a whole school, multicultural assembly at which learners representing each grade donate needed goods to a representative of their chosen charity. Religious leaders representing the many religions at our school attend, and learners read from the religious scriptures to show their support for giving to others and uplifting those in need.

What made you start this Project?

I heard about children going to school hungry and this prompted a need in me to make a difference. I was also inspired by the annual Anglican Harvest celebration. I shared my concerns and ideas with my Grade 4 class and they implemented the Harvest day celebration – this happened 7 years ago and the Harvest day celebration has grown over this time.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

We have made a difference in the lives of a large number of people and animals in our local community. These include infants (supporting crèches and providing baby supplies and blankets to young mothers who are unable to support their babies), children (orphanages and places of safety by providing stationery, clothes and toys, as well as supporting a soup kitchen run by a school staff member), old age homes (donating blankets and toiletries) and the local animal sanctuaries (donating food, raising awareness etc). People further afield have also been impacted through the donation of re-hydration sachets to war-torn parts of Africa. At an immediate level, the children at the school are impacted as they learn about the needs of others, to give, to use their talents for good and become involved and committed to improving our world. Through this project we hope to teach children to become caring citizens who are aware of the needs of others and who will create a better South Africa.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

One of the main challenges is the time constraint, as it takes a great deal of time to prepare the children for the Harvest Day celebration (readings, performance items and donation coordination). The administration and organization of these events is also time consuming, as a number of teachers, charitable organizations and children need to be coordinated.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

Other teachers have come on board and work with me to prepare their grades and work with the charities selected, and to create performance pieces for the celebration day.

What have you achieved through your project?

•Increasing religious and cultural appreciation and acceptance •Building community solidarity in alleviating the suffering of people and animals •Making academic subjects more practical and useful (throughout the year children apply the theory to the practical, thereby creating items or selling them to generate funds for the Harvest day celebration) •Providing food for street children and soup kitchens in the community •Provide soft woolen toys for children who are victims of abuse •Supporting infants by providing baby supplies, blankets, and toys •Supporting for children (providing food, clothing, toys, library books, stationery) •Supporting the elderly by donating gift packages for old age homes (providing household items, food and clothing) •Supporting local animal sanctuaries through raising awareness, providing money and pet food •Supporting an Aids Wellness Centre by providing household items, food, clothing •Support for Africa (by providing medical assistance for those who suffer)

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

No, all money has been raised by children at the school their their own efforts.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

No

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

A friend and colleague

Warren Sparrow, Rondebosch Boys' Preparatory School, Cape Town, Cape

Number of votes: 56
Project Name:

HIV Busters

Project Description:

At the beginning of the project the learners completed an online assessmen, using Google Apps, to see what they knew about AIDS and HIV. During the online assessment the learners had the opportunity to voice their concerns, as well as disclose their feelings about HIV and AIDS. There was also a section that allowed the learners to reveal what they would like to know more about with regards to HIV and AIDS. Based on the answers, their concerns and what the learners wanted to know more about, the learners were divided up into groups of four. Each group was given a topic, which was what they wanted to know more about. Each group was given time to research their topic. The groups were then allowed to bring in cell phones to video their topic in a way that they thought was appropriate. The learners created a total of 42 videos about different AIDS and HIV topics. These videos were then posted onto a website, called \"HIV Busters\", www.wsparrow.co.za/AIDS , which both our school and other schools could then use in the teaching of AIDS and HIV. After watching their videos again, the learners had to create three questions based on Bloom\'s Taxonomy about the video that they created. These questions were then posted with their video on the website. This I believe is a great example of authentic teaching and learning. The Aids and HIV content that the learners created extended from Grade 3 to Grade 7 Life Orientation. I have met with the local schools and showed them how to use the website for effective teaching and learning to take place. Have a look at http://www.wsparrow.co.za/AIDS/

What made you start this Project?

One person can make a difference! I have tried to encourage learners to help in community projects and assist wherever possible. An example of this would be the “HIV Busters” website that allows any school to benefit from the resources that are available on the website. The grade 7 learners undertook to start this project where we could assist schools and other learners by making a different. The project started with the Grade 7 learners working collaboratively creating videos about AIDS and HIV topics. The learner’s videos were then uploaded onto a website, which allows both learners and teachers to watch the videos and then learn from them.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

As this is a project that is based online, it not only assists with local communities, but also international communities. I have currently demonstrated the HIV Busters website to 15 different schools, as well as 3 EMDC in the Western Cape. The beauty behind this website is that any person can use it in their classes and it is all free. This was made by learners for learners!

What challenges have you faced with your project?

One of the greatest challenges is always going to be connectivity to the Internet, as well as learners having the appropriate software and hardware to complete the project.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

As the learners worked in groups, it allowed them to share their resources. One of the simplest and most easily accessible methods of creating videos is to use cell phones, so all the videos were made with the cell phones. We also used open-source software and free software to edit our movies. With regards to the web hosting, a local company offered to host the website for free.

What have you achieved through your project?

I have both personal and education achievements for this project. Personally I have seen learners grow as members of a global community to make a different. Professionally the learners have used every day technology to create movies with purpose and to make informed decisions collaboratively to make a better community and world!

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

The aim of this project was not to raise funds, but to assist other teachers and learners using the multimedia and the website that we created as a learning tool or as a resource for teachers and learners.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Yes

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

Online

Sarah Hanton, Victoria Girls\' High School, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

Number of votes: 49
Project Name:

Awarenet

Project Description:

Over the course of this year learners from Victoria Girls’ High School, have been preparing and recording, short stories and poems, in MP3 format as part of a collaboration project between Victoria Girls’ High School, The Village Scribe Association (VSA), and the British Council. The learners have been working on the VSA’s awarenet platform and with British Council LifePlayers. Awarenet is a social network and e-learning platform which is used at the school as a backbone for a number of social outreach projects. The British Council Lifeplayer is a solar powered radio/MP3 player aimed for use in remote rural areas to improve literacy and provide connectivity with the world at large. The British Council are distributing 900 Lifeplayers to remote rural South African schools, for use as a teaching aid. Currently the VGH learners are using their recordings to help improve English literacy in local primary schools.

What made you start this Project?

I attended the Innovate: Schools ICT conference in Cape Town, where I met someone working with LifePlayers and I thought it was an amazing idea. They highlighted the need for South African content relevant to the curriculum and the learners. I thought this would be a useful project and was thrilled at the idea that it benefited all the parties involved, because we have all learnt a lot through this project.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

Local primary schools, for example CM Vellem and Ntaba Maria. Obviously the VGHS learners themselves. In addition we have been working with the British Council and with Post Graduate students from Rhodes University.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

Girls have had to learn about radio broadcasting, and have had to train to perform the stories and poems at a high enough standard for this. Now they are facing the challenge of learning how to teach primary school children English. This has been a mental challenge and an emotional one.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

The project has relied on working together with many different partners. We have been supported by the VSA, the British Council, by Rhodes University and by the class teachers of the Primary schools we have worked with. Each Partner has contributed their expertise to the project. The girls have contributed their time, their energy, their enthusiasm and their dedication.

What have you achieved through your project?

We have made 40 MP3’s of poems, songs and stories, and hope to add more content. We are currently piloting these as literacy teaching resources in schools. This is a pilot project for the British Council, they will receive all of the final recordings and feedback on the project. The schools we have been working with will each receive a LifePlayer. The VGHS learners and myself have learnt a lot about the technology and techniques involved in radio drama. The learners are also learning about the challenges of teaching. We hope that we are helping to improve the literacy of the learners at our pilot schools in an engaging and fun manner. All partners in the project are gaining materials and experience from the project. It has empowered everyone involved.

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

No, this project is not funded and does not make money. It is about paying it forward.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

This project has not received awards as yet. However, the awarenet platform and other projects based on it have received awards previously.

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

Email from Drik Greef

Sibusiso Goodman Mhkize, Victoria Girls' High School, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

Number of votes: 48
Project Name:

Grahamstown’s Rising Opera Stars

Project Description:

Opera and Singing lessons for previously disadvantaged learners

What made you start this Project?

My experience growing up, as I grew up in a township, was that there is a great deal of talent in these areas, but few people are prepared to work with the learners and harness their abilities. While I was growing up I found that children were loitering and wasting their talent or not even realising that they have a singing talent. I have a passion for music and, as I am specially trained in music and opera, I decided to start up singing sessions for anyone who was interested. From this project I have uncovered the talents of young people, I have built close relationships with local school choirs and have given back to a community that has supported and encouraged me.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

I feel that I have impacted the Grahamstown township area, in particular the school choirs of the previously disadvantaged schools; and individual young people who would never have been trained in opera style singing.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

There has only been one big challenge - getting funding. The local municipality and the Local Department of Sports, Art and Recreation department, do not pay much attention to the non- sporting events in the Grahamstown township areas.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

I told myself that funding is often hard to source and that I could not expect to receive any; so I have continued to work with the dedicated singers, and school choirs. Yes, funding is always needed, but I could manage without it because my focus was on teaching the necessary skills to perform opera.

What have you achieved through your project?

I have been involved in local and national singing competitions, the learners in the project have been able to perform with the Victoria Girls’ High School choir, and have gained needed performance experience.

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

No, because the only source of income the project has received was from the ticket sales of performances, and this money was then used for teaching materials, photocopying song sheets, advertising and the hiring of performance venues.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Yes, in 2006 I was nominated for the Grahamstown Citizen of the Year Competition. Even though I did not win, I was still grateful for the recognition that I received from the community.

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

Email from Drik Greef

Isaac Ganyiwa, Sandtonview Combined, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Number of votes: 23
Project Name:

JASA Entrepreneurship Education

Project Description:

#Training of learners in starting business at school through entrepreneurship education. A 15 week training course that result in the creation of two mini-companies at the school competing against each other. Learners are put into two groups, representing companies. They vote for management teams and sell shares to raise capital. The learners research in their communities on products that they can produce and sell. Upon returning from the research they will decide the product to produce based on the research results. They purchase raw materials and production take place at school after calculation of fixed costs and variable costs leading to break even point analysis. Record keeping is done properly nad monies are banked by a team of financial managers. At the end of fifteen weeks the mini-companies are voluntarily liquidated to allow certification. The majority of companies normally decide to continue applying what they have learnt.

What made you start this Project?

# I realised that the learners that I have needed to be tought entrepreneurship skills while at school so that they can start their own businesses on completion of their studies, thus promoting economic growth in the economy. # I also felt that most of our learners who are not academically inclined do not enjoy theoretical learning and end up quiting school as they are frustrated. I needed to get them involved in activities that were hands on.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

# This project is mostly for young people who are still at school as they are easy to convey the message to them. # They are also easly available during Fridays after school when schools close early. This will keep them occupied doing something productive with their lives other than going home and joining others on the streets doing nothing.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

#Keeping these young people motivated through-out the programme. #Maintaining the number of the learners and limiting number of dropouts. #Getting the right people in the management team that will be able to drive each company to run a profitable venture. #Choosing the right product that will sell so as to make money for the people.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

#Motivating the learners through weekly awards such as \"worker of the week, manager of the week, etc\" #Prior to the election of the management teams, those aspiring learners have to do presentations telling the shareholders what they have to offer once they are appointed into their position. Remember they have invested money and no one want to lose their investment. # Through experience, I now know which products do not sell if they choose these. I try by all means to teach them to do a proper research that will guide them to sell a profitable product.

What have you achieved through your project?

#More than 1000 learners have received certificates of completion from Junior Achievement South Africa. #The school was awarded the CITI Bank Best Achievers in 2008. #One of my mini-companies, Emulsified Environmentalists won the HP Global Social Relay in 2012, beating 23 countries including USA,UK,Germany, etc. We travelled to Porto, Portugal to attend the JA-Europe Conference as part of winning the competition. #Won the inaugral Investec Young Innovators Competition in 2012. #Featured in the New Age newspaper of July 2012 with our solar light design. #Featured in the Star Newspaper of July 2012 with the same solar light design. #Featured in the Oprah Magazine, March edition, 2013. #Featured on SABC2 programme, Mother of All Professions on the 24th of July 2013. #

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

#No I have never done this before.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

#Awaded the Most Innovative Facilitator by Junior Achievement South Africa, in 2009.

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

Through a friend who said your work deserve to be seen by South Africa.

Marc Rosemann, The Grove Primary School, Claremont,, Cape Town,

Number of votes: 23
Project Name:

Grove Greenery

Project Description:

Growing vegetables and herbs

What made you start this Project?

Passionate about gardening, wanted to make use of space at school. Get kids gardening

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

Mostly Grove Parents and children at this point

What challenges have you faced with your project?

Raising funds for seedlings/seeds Clearing site for planting Getting enough time

How did you overcome those Challenges?

School has generously donated money Trees been removed to clear site Use of club time to garden

What have you achieved through your project?

Created another green space at school Got kids interested in gardening by growing their own crops Taught children skills

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

Not really. We have raised money through car washes and selling wheat grass at school

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Not to date

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

from Principal

Denise Fiveash, The Grove Primary School, Claremont, Cape Town

Number of votes: 23
Project Name:

1.“Love Them Now Educare” & Miracle Kidz”

Project Description:

1. This project opened its doors in 2012. It is a crèche serving the Elita park area in Khayelitsha, & accommodates 50 children. They range from a few months to 5 years. 4 teachers & 1 cook. They do not have a government grant. They are in the process of starting a vegetable garden. 2. This is a safe home set up by a couple in Constantia, for a very needy community where children (alcohol foetal, aids)who have been abandoned have been given a second chance by being taken into a safe home. They are looked after, & go to neighbouring schools, when ready.

What made you start this Project?

1. I heard about this through friends and decided to have a benefit concert at the Erin Hall for them, as their needs are great, & I strongly believe in community outreach projects where we want to partner with them, to assist with funds they so desperately need. We plan to raise further funds in the form of a Carol evening in December. 2. I heard about this ‘safe house’ and visited it and was highly impressed by the way it is run, and wanted to support them by doing a benefit concert for them, at Grove, where quite a few attended the concert, and the proceeds( donations, & ticket sales) were raised for them. Both projects are in capable hands and their aim is to create a safe, caring environment for children, giving them a good grounding for their future lives. Human rights, care, respect & values are important in the development of these little ones. I didn’t initiate either of the projects, but am keen to have an ongoing relationship with them, through concerts & fund raising.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

I see this as creating an awareness in our children, who are privileged, to do outreach with the disadvantaged and in so doing, assisting them with a better life. Sharing through the gift of music is something our children at Grove enjoy doing, and in giving it allows them to experience something tangible, especially where donations are made to improve the disadvantaged children’s situation. I envisage a more tactile relationship with these children, involving our children, for example, going to the safe home and having an afternoon of games.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

The challenges are possibly due to time constraints, and Iogistics, and aspects of safety, especially Khayelitsha. I would like to see these as a permanent outreach Project as both are very well run, but do require ongoing financial assistance.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

Perhaps by organising more benefit concerts, even choir festivals where other privileged schools share the same vision, so we can all pay it forward in our communities, therefore impacting more lives.

What have you achieved through your project?

I have always been a strong believer in outreach work and the benefits thereof, especially teaching some children, in the Beau Soleil outreach project. In these 2 projects I have been encouraged by the sincerity and willingness of our Grove children to share their talents for a worthy cause. This in itself is an achievement. Music encourages the appreciation of different cultures, promoting a greater understanding amongst those from diverse backgrounds. This I have seen in their performances at our social club dinners for the aged, and performances at homes for the aged, and our Choir camp at Goedgedacht, where our children participated in team building exercises and they rehearsed and performed alongside the youth from surrounding farms, who are a part of ‘ the Path out of Poverty Programme’. These real life experiences have a lasting impact on people

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

We have just obtained money for Love them Now & Miracle Kidz, through ticket sales and donations at our concerts.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

No, not personally.

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

The pricipal

Gabonthone Agnes Motjale, Sedibathuto Primary, Taung, Northwest

Number of votes: 20
Project Name:

Hiv and Aids

Project Description:

Care and support to the school children and the community at large accomodating orphans and needy children.

What made you start this Project?

As a teacher I became aware of the symptoms and results of these pandemic disease in the school and in the community,I then joined an NGO in the area to work with.

What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

All the members of the community,I.e the needy,the disable,the orphans and adults.I had a Soul Buddyz team,which comprised of learners in the school,we managed to assist a grandmother who was staying with her grand daughter,oh the grandma was very sick,I took her to the clinic with my car,they found out she had badsores all over her body and she was admitted.She recovered but later died.This soul buddyz team,were taking turns to do house chores at her place before she died.

What challenges have you faced with your project?

I was emotionally affected but at last felt happy that I took part in saving lives.Sometimes I failed to attend to other meetings as I was full time employed at school.

How did you overcome those Challenges?

I went to Counselling workshop organised by Soul City and Soul Buddyz.

What have you achieved through your project?

Changing lives and prepare learners for responsible adulthood

Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

Yes,I once motivated the Ipeleng homebased care for funding and they got R10 000 from Beares furniture and motivated the other NGO called Ipeleng homebased care and they got R14 000 from Homechoice as I was a club member there.

Have you received recognition through other awards for your project?

Yes through education intergrated with community work I got awards from 2003,2004,2006,20090and 2011.Remember it was Education awards but intergrated with these extra curricular.This year I entered for Via Afrika Awards,it was in partnership with depatrment of Basic Education and was nominated to go and represent the province in Zimbabwe. In June this year.

Where did you hear about the Stars in Education Awards?

Facebook

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