KWT March 2023

The Africa A+ team completed their second 2023 field trip to Kouga in the Eastern Cape. The field trip activities included on-site visits to and demonstrations at … ECD centres, two ECD workshops for the Cohort 2 schools, one workshop each for the Cohort 1 and Cohort 3 ECD centre staff. During the trip Henry Dillon
and the crew from Crayon Room spent a day recording A+ in action (the video will be posted when it is
finalised.) The field trip activities are outlined below:

1) Facilitators’ learning session (27 th March)
The Kouga facilitator’s three hour learning session takes place each field trip and is integral to developing a team of local facilitators who will continue to support the ECD centres after the Kouga Wind Farm ECD
project has ended and A+ is no longer there.

2) A Stakeholders’ meeting (29 th March)
The Centre for Early Childhood Development and A+ facilitated a stakeholders meeting at the Victory4All hall in Humansdorp. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a progress update on the Kouga Wind Farm ECD project. The meeting was attended by Prince Matsoni from the Wind Farm Trust, representatives from the Eastern Cape Education Department, community members, and the principals from the 39 ECD centres participating in the Wind Farm ECD project.

3) Cohort 1 workshops (30 th March)
The focus of the workshop was about thinking critically about child development, the importance of
play, and agency in children and teachers. The notion of agency was challenging but it made the participants think about themselves and their role in terms of children’s success. A participant wrote after the Cohort 1 workshop “I love the way A Plus teaches us. It’s perfect. Thumbs up.”

4) Cohort 3 workshop (30 th March)
25 ECD principals and teachers attended the workshop at the Victory4All hall. The focus was on
facilitating the children’s learning and creativity using loose parts. Participants first enjoyed getting in touch with their own creativity before planning ‘loose parts’ activities for children linked to the aims of the 0 – 4 years National Curriculum Framework (NCF).

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