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Ideas for Sitima to be developed yet

  • Each volunteer can ask for and possibly qualify for a grant in his/her hometown or village. For that purpose, he/she should go and present the project in a meeting. We can pass on the necessary documentation, so he/she can spare him-/herself the trouble to do some research. For more information: supernop69@hotmail.com


Working in the classroom

  • -paint again and then varnish the purple circles of two twisters. Normally, templates for the circles are present, otherwise the dimensions of the small plates in the guest rooms can be used.
  • -Floor drawing in the smallest classrooms. Some ideas:
  • -working with shapes: make a serpentine line consisting of different shapes (circles, squares, triangles) in different colours and possibly of different size (to make the children distiguish between small and large)
  • -making a layout of streets, on which the children can play with their miniature cars.
  • -Other: decoration of the dining room
  • decoration of an outside wall with the text of a song
  • -paint the puppet theatre: the carpenter has made a puppet theatre, which still has to be painted. Lines have already been drawn and painting has started in the colours of the rainbow.
  • -make small bags for the children with their name where they can put their gear (what is available in Malawi, what has to be brought?)
  • -in order to give the children a sense of time, it may be useful to hang something on the wall which indicates the present day or the days of the week or the period of the year.
  • -‘what are we going to play today?’: for instance a pointer rotating on a circular board divided into compartments named ‘draw’, ‘move’, ‘handiwork’, ‘count’, ‘colour’, ‘puzzle’ …The teacher or one of the children can spin the pointer to determine what will happen


Didactics

  • -Didactic material (books) is available at home in Zomba; the teachers would like to get some written material (in English) to work with.
  • -The classrooms are painted in two colours (dark and light). At the intersection, a wooden plank could be placed with hooks to hang something and possibly a board on top of it, like a shelf, where the children can put all kinds of things (suggestions are welcome).
  • -In two of the four classrooms a twister is painted on the floor (and 3 concentric circles). The teachers would like to find out what games can be played with this. It is the intention to familiarize the children with the name of the colours and to teach them to count.
  • -When the puppet theatre will be painted, it can be used. There is need for stories for little children. Puppets are available, but the collection can be extended.
  • -There are shelves to store teaching material. It could be useful to give them a bit more structure, for instance by using baskets.
  • -material for all kinds of handiwork is available, but it is not, or rarely used. Maybe this is also an occasion to put the teachers on the way.
  • -make an inventory of each classroom.
  • a library

Sports

  • Soccer training: twice a week Sam organizes soccer training. He would welcome a few ideas to make the training more effective and to give possibly more variation to the workouts.
  • Volleyball training: a volleyball field with a net has been set up. An appropriate training might be organized, but this has to be built up from scratch, since nothing has been done so far. For the moment, a kind of netball is being played.


For the teachers

  • Go on with computer lessons. The course that is taught is written out and is available on all computers, but should be recapitulated. Practical experience is more important than theoretical knowledge. Especially useful items are: writing letters, keep an inventory, maybe collecting and stocking information about the children. The Internet is also very interesting, since there exists an official project to make Internet available in the country.
  • accountancy
  • English lessons

 

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