ANGEL Classroom on Wheels : Winner:2016 Swarm Vision Global Innovators campaign for Early Childhood Education innovations that facilitate creative learning and creativity in children.

In South Africa , lack of space and resources is a reality that hundreds of township Early Learning Centres face daily.

Findings from The South African Early Childhood Review revealed that nearly 4 million children under the age of 6 lack access to the critical care and support that is required for their development, which in the long run increases inequalities within South Africa - hindering all social and economic inclusion efforts. It is for this reason that Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes are necessary to bridge the social and economic inequalities in South Africa and that these programmes are collectively supported by all South Africans, to enrich the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.Many township parents just cant afford to send their children to elite children's education centres.

Furthermore:• Approximately 50% of children below the age of 5 are affected by abject poverty, 6% of them have special needs •

• Less than 50% of learners who enrolled in Grade 1 in 2002, graduated grade 12 in 2014 •
• 60% of children under the age of 4 do not have access to any form of ECD programs •
• Almost 21% of children under the age of 5 are stunted through malnutrition •
• 66% of the population, under the age of 35, are unemployed •

Our Solution: 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, imparts a love of learning and leads to higher grades in every subject.

The Angel Classroom on Wheels (ACOW).

Here is a summary of the benefits of the Angel Classroom on Wheels :* A compact and secure storage unit for books and teaching aids* A central point from which the Educator delivers lessons (Something vital in overcrowded Edu-Cares)* A place where Learners can explore the concepts taught ,using the stored teaching aids*A mobile classroom library with age appropriate reading material:

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 supports THREE main learning areas
*Life -Skills
It also provides 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.
NUMERACY - The Angel C-O-W provides a built in abacus for counting and sequencing patterns + charts ,aids ,games ,dice for developing sound and number concept.Two children can kneel at the bench to work with the Abacus or counters while writing in school books.Charts can be stuck to the front of the flet boards ,to use as teaching aids by the teacher ,as well as the use of the chalkboards on the two opening doors.There are Geo-metric puzzles ,wooden matrix puzzles and threading shapes to teach SHAPE and COLOUR ,as well as Flash Cards and games to consolidate basic numeracy.Numbered bean-bags are used to provide physical interaction and addition and substraction skills.
Alphabet charts are neatly stacked in a folder at the rear end of the unit ,ready to be pinned on the pin -board which forms part of the back section of the unit.Magnetic letters are used to consolidate spelling of words learnt in life skills lessons, and flashcards (Colours and Shapes and Transport ) and posters (My Family ,Wild animals ,Farm Life and Colours) will also have new vocabulary to teach pre-schoolers..Felt pictures stuck to the three boards will provide oral interaction and new vocabulary.
Perhaps the most obvious and the most popular teaching aids are the puppets (2 moving mouth and/or three family members) ,which encourage communication skills ,and can be used in the puppet theatre by Educators and the learners..
jigsaw puzzles ,posters with vocabulary ,games that teach taking turns/winning /losing ,learning to thread discs ,beads ,counters etc .Plaiting laces which assist in fine motor skills ,throwing + balancing mini - bean bags ,etc


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