Masinyusane 2013: The Schools

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

In January 2013, the new school year began!! Although it took a few days for all the teachers and students to start coming back to Lwandelekazi, on January 23rd Masinyusane finally kicked-off their after school classes and tutoring sessions.

This year marks an exciting year for Masinyusane Development Organization, the NGO I help with. Besides being involved at Lwandelekazi High School (one of the poorest schools in the province), Masinyusane has also adopted Ben Sinuka. Ben Sinuka is a primary school right down the road that is also in very tough shape; however, after meeting with the motivated, determined, and supportive Principal, Masinyusane agreed to come into the school and help renovate.

Although they are just doing renovative work right now (painting the buildings, fixing up the bathrooms- which you can't walk in without stepping in water-, and trying to get trees donated) in the next few years the organization really hopes to dive in and start holding afterschool classes as well. The ultimate goal of supporting students from a very young age is an excellent aim. By working with the primary students, they can help change their mindset so that by the time they get to high school they are more confident then ever in their English, their Life Skills, and in other subjects.

Mary West, my professor at NMMU (the University I studied at in Spring 2011) is helping at the primary school this year as well. She brings a group of university students on Thursdays. They are teaching English through song to these young students. The other week they taught the children the song "World's Greatest." 

Beautiful things are happening in the New Brighton Township. Besides the after-school courses and clubs (Chess, Netball Team, and Drama) and delivering food to students' families once a week for Lwandelekazi high school students, Masinyusane also continues to hold the study hub where students from various townships gather to recieve tutoring from 3:30-7 p.m. at night. Students walk from 40 minutes away to get help from the Masinyusane-employed Student Leaders.

The Student Leader program is also another neat aspect of Masinyusane. The Student Leaders are young adults who have passed their exams and graduated from high schools; however, for whatever reason (financial issues, too low of marks, poor communication from the university, etcetera) are not enrolled at University. So, Masinyusane employs these high school graduates to help with the after-school classes and with tutoring. They are to be role models for the high schoolers. While in this program, they also have to commit to studying so that they can increase their marks the next time they take their exam, they have to practice their typing skills a few times each week, and they also get some leadership training. Not only does this benefit them personally and financially as described above, but most importantly (in my opinion) it keeps them off the street in a supportive environment. They are gaining invaluable skills and learning how to be positive role models for every person in the township.

We want to see them be the first in their families to go to university so that, from there, a cycle of giving back can continue.

In 2013, Masinyusane is really "Raising Each Other Up."


Photos in this blog: The two schools Masinyusane helps with, Lwandlekazi and Ben Sinuka.

 


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g.p.s on

great job bri we are so proud of you . it looks like a wounderful place to spend a few months . looking forward to you coming home .love you

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