Summary: Provides children living on farms in the Boland and Breede River Valley regions in the Western Cape with literacy and numeracy assistance, encourages a love for all kinds of sports and leading a healthy lifestyle, and teaches life skills. These sessions take place after school and are led by local farm women, trained by the Anna Foundation. --- The "3 R’s Program: Reading, Running, and Right-ing" is an after-school program that aims to meet the needs of children in a holistic way. The program has been designed by educational specialists (educational program), a drama therapist and drama play specialist (life skills program) and specialists in Human movement studies (sports program). Reading: The 3 R’s reading curriculum consi...
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Description of Scale and Reach
The program has grown from running the program in two areas in 2007 with 3 facilitators and one permanent staff member, to presently running the program in Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Lutzville, Vredendal, Robertson, Ashton, Tulbagh and Moorreesburg with 50 facilitators and 6 full-time staff members. Initially the activities in the afternoon generally consisted of homework support. The formal literacy, numeracy, physical development, and life orientation lesson plans have been designed to make the time more structured and effective to developing the holistic well-being of the student. Recently, an informal fourth ‘R’ has been added in the form of RIDING. Mountain bikes are stationed at the various farm projects, allowing the learners to use them in the afternoons. The bikes serve as a reward for work well done and is accompanied by a bike manual that teaches safe cycling, bike care, and the correct use of bikes. Another recent addition is the monthly fun runs. The students are taken to a fun run in the Boland and surrounds, but in order to qualify for the event each child must read a certain number of books, complete literacy tasks, participate in sports programs, and exhibit responsible behavior. The program has also expanded to include the formal training of local farm women to serve as facilitators to reach the current number of 50 facilitators. The program has grown in a way that allows the foundation to outsource the model to areas further afield. The foundation will train the project manager, who will in turn train that project’s facilitators.