HANDS OF HONOUR ( NPO 086/155)
Creators of the Angel Classroom on Wheels :Winner - Swarmvision ''
* Future of Education'' campaign 2016.
* Finalist : Edu- Week SA 2017
Longitudinal studies have shown that early readers continue to get higher grades than their peers through grade school.Reading opens the door to your child's early academic success and leads to success later in life.Yet ,sadly in South Africa , 60% of children under the age of 4 do not have access to any form of ECD programs (The South African Early Childhood Review).Furthermore 66% of the population, under the age of 35, are unemployed .
•Hands of Honour addresses two problems in Cape Town.
PROBLEM - 1.
Large scale unemployment among township men, especially those languishing in soup kitchens.
PROBLEM - 2.
Lack of Early Learning tools/ furniture that inspire critical thinking and creativity in young children caught up in crowded Early Learning Centres and Creches.
SOLUTION - 1.
Creating Employment :Hands of Honour employs the ‘unemployable’ in South Africa - those who have experienced homelessness, crime and / or substance abuse - to up-cycle obsolete stock and recyclable items. Much of this waste is provided through partnerships with the corporate sector and would otherwise end up in landfills. Workers process the waste, either rehabilitating material or stripping goods for sale of parts.
Proceeds from this have two benefits:
• Provide salaries for workers who otherwise have no work options available to them;
• Profits are invested in derelict community spaces, focusing on public spaces which have become havens for anti-social behaviour.
SOLUTION - 2.
Manufacturing and distributing award winning Early Learning tools and furniture that will prepare the next generation of problem solvers, collaborators, and critical thinkers
A real space saver and specifically designed for Early learning Centres where a lack of space is a daily challenge ,the unit literally folds open to reveal a world of learning and adventure through the books and educational aids installed within it’s confines.
The unit can be used in a pre-school ( aged 2-4 years) ,foundation phase (Grade R - Grade 3 ) or intermediate (Grade 4 - Grade 6 classroom).
It transforms into a Puppet Theatre in a few seconds and comes with two puppets.
Educational Aids and Toys are installed that supports THREE main learning areas
With eight activity boards affixed to the rear that support the main pillars of Early Learning .The unit easily manages to keep a whole classroom engrossed in an educational activity at any given time.See the concentration on the children's faces and as they play they learn a whole range of skills including literacy ,numeracy, life skills ,fine -motor skills ,spatial skills ,sequential skills, shapes ,sorting and matching by colour and shades of colour ,motor control and co-ordination through threading small pieces, pincer grasp, hand:eye co-ordination , concentration, thinking skills, perseverance,
Creativity: making new creations from combined materials . Extra educational aids and toys also provide activities which develop FINE MOTOR SKILLS ( ie .Finger dexterity with bead threading ,plastic construction ,connecting plastic links in a chain ,plaiting laces ,jigsaw puzzles etc ,MOVEMENT & BALANCE (eg ,the use of bean bags) and SPATIAL development (copying patterns from an abacus ,completing a jigsaw puzzle by copying a picture).
This Angel Classroom on Wheels ,as presented ,provides an educational Hub for a Pre-schools class of up to 30 learners.
The Angel Classroom on Wheels is especially designed to children in vulnerable and under -resourced Early learning Centres ,whose parents simply cannot afford to send them to better resourced and more expensive Early Learning centres.
When not in use ,the unit is closed up ,padlocked shut ,and turned to face the wall ,so that the posters on the unit are displayed.A real space-saver !!!