Last term ended with a BANG in Chintsa!
|Volunteer Matthias helping the learners to|
organise their presentations in assembly
The end of term assembly also marked the end of Nuremburg volunteer Matthias’ last day teaching in Chintsa, having taught at the school for five months. It was a sad day for everybody at the school. It was also Maria’s last day at Bulugha.
The New Term in 2014
We have started 2014 with a brand spanking new topic – Hygiene and Sanitation.
|Me dispensing glitter to the preschoolers hands!|
|Mama Phumla sharing out some more glitter|
|Trying to wash the glitter off!|
|Heading to the washing bowl and sink|
|Big smiles as we washed our hands :)|
Experiment Fortnight - A Lesson in Science and Hygiene
We hosted a fortnight of experiments with the middle and older learners this term who put on their overall coats, and become scientists for two weeks. Children at both Chintsa East and Bulugha schools have been learning about tooth decay. It is difficult to explain the realities of tooth decay and what better way to learn about it than to do some experiments? Tooth decay is a very real problem in the townships of South Africa, where children have easy access to cheap sweets and chips and not necessarily toothpaste, toothbrushes and adequate dental care.
The enamel on an egg, is similar to the enamel on our teeth. To demonstrate the bad affects of drinking and eating sugar on our teeth, we left an egg in a cup of coke for a week to see how the egg would be affected. The students predicted what they thought the egg would look like and one week later we checked the result...and the learners weren’t so keen to drink coke anymore!
|Pouring the coke in with the|
|Checking out the results!|
“It smells bad!”
“The egg looks brown and bad”
...were some comments from our students.
The other experiment focused on two apples. We made a hole in one to signify a cavity in a tooth, whilst the other one stayed the same. We helped the children to predict what would happen to both apples, and one week later we were met with a very smelly and rotten apple.
“It smells horrible!”
The results are being typed up in computer class as we speak.
Watch this space for another fun filled update about what we get up to here on project in Chintsa :)
VA32 Volunteer Co-ordinator