Shape Your Tomorrow
We have been brought up to believe that educating our children is the key to securing a brighter future, that we should be the change we wish to see in the world, and that charity begins at home. These lessons are the inspiration for Tell a Tale Book-Club.
Living in a disadvantaged community has its challenges. Nhlakanipho Wiseman Njeke, Jabulani Project volunteer, law student, and Tell a Tale chairperson, grew up in such a community, plagued by crime and other social issues. But instead of becoming another victim of the system, Nhlakanipho decided that employment would be a vital factor in building a better South Africa, and that enjoyable grassroots education is an integral part of the solution. Whilst the initiative started in Inanda, he wants it to spread throughout the country, encouraging learners to overcome their social challenges and creating strong relationships.
“Looking at our communities today, we acknowledge that the government has started the process of improvement, but there is still much work to be done” commented Nhlakanipho. “As a team, we are working towards shaping the futures of our young brothers and sisters. Through reading novels and engaging in group discussions, we are improving children’s literacy and communication skills, helping them gain a better understanding of people and the world, and ultimately working with them to build a wiser society. The programme is designed for primary school children, and also aims to include their parents and guardians, enabling them to continue facilitating the children’s growth at home.
“We want to encourage volunteering from within local communities, as well as utilising the skills and expertise of international volunteers. From an early age, we hope that our children from disadvantaged backgrounds can be inspired by those who have fought for us to have the educational opportunities that we have today. We hope to help them develop a love for their learning, tackling social issues like teenaged pregnancy, drug use, and school dropout, and help them gain the skills and relationships they need to visualise and realise their future.
“I would like to thank the Jabulani Project for their financial and moral support. Together we have achieved so much more than would have been possible alone. I am grateful for all the trust they have placed in this initiative, and I wish to continue this fruitful relationship into the future.”