LEARNING IS AN EXPERIENCE BEST SHARED
ALL HANDS ON DECK INTERNSHIP
A six-month internship operating from the PACT POP Centre, this programme was designed for school leavers who would like to deepen their skillset and gain experience before entering the working world. The programme offers a tailored approach, focusing on each individual’s interests and aptitudes to ensure that they are equipped and empowered for the next phase of life.
Forming part of the Saturday Run initiative, each school-going child who participates qualifies for the fortnightly outing to the Showroom Theatre for a screening of the all-ages movie on circuit.
CHARACTER REWARDS PROGRAMME / WEFIT
This programme was put in place to acknowledge that not all achievements are academic or in sport, and to recognise those children who have shown remarkable character – whether that’s through leadership, a community spirit, or kindness. At the end of each cycle, 10 children are chosen and receive a watch for their efforts in this area.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
PACT has various programmes in place that focus on early childhood development (ECD) for children from three to five years of age. This includes the ECD PACT POP Centre in Prince Albert. PACT also acts in a support capacity on behalf of the Mickey Mouse ECD Centre in Klaarstroom and the Amenity Crèche project in Leeu-Gamka.
PACT is engaged in the e-learning space with a focus on interactive teaching and learning. PACT has plans to expand this project still further in Prince Albert with the establishment of a research centre fitted with computers, and the implementation of a coding programme for young people.
FIRST 1 000 DAYS
Based on the principle that the first thousand days of a child’s life are especially crucial to their development and well-being, First 1 000 Days, an initiative of the NGO Goedgedacht Trust, trains new moms on infant essentials and helps them develop important childcare skills.
PACT POP CENTRE AFTERCARE
A multitude of after-school activities are in place at the PACT POP Centre to assist learners with schoolwork and improving their mental agility. For schoolgoers, the DO+Learn Project focuses on literacy, numeracy support assists with mathematics in a programme called OopKop, a homework schedule helps give structure, Peer Training (driven by the PACT interns) allows students to assist one another, and chess improves strategic thinking and mental sharpness. In addition, peer training called Jou Storie Tel and Bak Buddies for baking are crucial in expanding knowledge and skills development. For adults, the PACT POP Centre serves as a space for adults to learn via the ABET adult education programme.
PACT POP CENTRE LIBRARY
Through the donation of books – ranging from reference to literature and children’s picture books – PACT has established a library at the PACT POP Centre aimed at encouraging reading and improving literacy. Training for the interns running the library has been facilitated by Prince Albert’s librarians. All book donations are welcome!
Run by the PACT POP Centre All Hands On Deck interns, this programme aims to teach children the hows and whys of recycling – the important role it plays in sustainability and how they can contribute. Primary school children are called the anti morsjorste and help at PACT events.
This buddy system was designed by PACT to help matric learners in Prince Albert in their final year by providing them with the resources they need to achieve – ranging from life skills development to extra lessons or mental health tools to help them manage stress.