Wilien van Zyl, our workshop and training manager has been hard at work, specifically on the training manual for our three amazing facilitators, Rachel van Rooyen, Georgette Plaatjies, and Kelly Semu (with more trainees to follow soon). The result was an excellent workshop held at Stanford’s new business and meeting venue, The Nest.
We have been training facilitators for two years now, but this was the culmination of a learning and teaching experience that has led to a more formal approach where we will give four training workshops a year, one for each term, each highlighting the work of the coming weeks. As well as giving the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and suggest new approaches, this was a team-building exercise of note (particularly the frog origami exercise halfway through!).
The carefully prepared activities that now accompany each unit of the Books and Stories book bag are the basis for the first term for all three facilitators, who will now be working on the same schedule. CBN will be giving two workshops per week in Stanford South and one at Enlighten Educational Trust in Hermanus which draws children from five different schools in Zwelihle. We are hoping to also start an art and story workshop at Enlighten in the near future, bringing the total to four a week.
The only way for organizations like CBN to succeed is to be rooted firmly within the communities where we work, and to hand on the experience – and the materials – that we have developed over twelve years of trialing with children. These are exciting times.
Wilien for a huge amount of careful planning and behind-the-scenes work. Enlighten Educational Trust for their consistent involvement and help, particularly their Librarian Elmien Boonzaaier and their Director, Magriet Peter.
All our facilitators who go the extra mile to bring children unique reading experiences and training in better reading.
Thank you all!