As the national lockdown continues, one major issue that is emerging is the lack of understanding about the Sars- CoV-2 virus. NGO has stepped in to meet this challenge with their #changethestory campaign which aims to educate orphaned and vulnerable children about the virus.
The organisation also delivers food, hygiene essentials, learning packs and psychological support.
“Close on nine million of SA’s 12 million school-age population are enduring the 21- day lockdown with serious constraints on basic food, hygiene and learning supplies.
“For most families, educational support will be via radio and TV, and perhaps a smartphone or two in each
“In order to resolve some of these issues, the Tomorrow Trust has helped to adapt the way orphaned and vulnerable learners can keep up their levels of learning over the next three weeks”, trust CEO James
The #changethestory campaign was launched to support orphaned and vulnerable children, focusing on developing academic and life- skills proficiencies.
“It’s enabled us not only to put together 400 food, hygiene and learning packs and have them delivered to under- resourced households, but also to mentor and manage these children and their caregivers by providing the academic and psychosocial support they need,” Donald said.
Included with the packs are one month WhatsApp data bundles along with guidance on how to access free online educational resources.
The Tomorrow Trust, founded in 2005, runs holistic education programmes throughout the year at various host-partner venues across the country, including a junior holiday school programme aimed at grades R-7, a tertiary programme and an alumnivprogramme .
“Each child is evaluated on a one-to-one basis, and a tailored programme developed which encompasses academic and psychosocial support, as well as meals, transport, stationery and course materials, mentorship, leadership training and self-mastery classes,” said Donald.
He said the government is working hard to provide the financial and educational support these poorer vulnerable children need.
“You don’t have to look very far to see how radio stations, for instance, are gearing up to broadcast lessons, and DStv is broadening access to news and education channels.
“But what many of us don’t realise is that the very basic necessities, like food and hygiene items, are things that many of these households simply don’t have enough of, and skyrocketing unemployment just compounds the issue even further.
“It’s pointless just throwing financial resources or academic tools at a child and expecting them to change – it requires a more holistic, bigger-picture approach ,” Donald said.
The #changethestory campaign has received support from individual donors, companies and the Department of social development but Donald said they needed additional funds to broaden the reach of the campaign.
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