LEARNING IS AN EXPERIENCE BEST SHARED
ALL HANDS ON DECK INTERNSHIP
A year-long 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 treat at the PACT POP Centre for a screening of an age – appropriate movie which instills sound values and life lessons.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
PACT has identified ECD as a critical area of engagement going forward. Presently, 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’s program called Pikkies en Kleuters 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.
The longer term vision for the Pikkies en Kleuter project is to see a dedicated space for ECD on the grounds of the centre, that will include a good parenting component, plus a first 1000 days initiative, which is crucial to a child’s development and wellbeing, as well as an off- centre engagement with mothers and caretakers at home, called Ken-en-Wen Mammas, which will support home based child-care.
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.
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. This successful pilot is to be rolled out to Grade 10s and 11s as well.