WE ARE CURRENTLY RUNNING THREE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMMES. AFTACOOL IS ONE OF THEM.
DESCRIPTION
The Aftacool programme trains and supports local moms to host after-school clubs with primary school aged children living in their area. The aim is that each Aftacool club becomes a tight knit group where children are nurtured and encouraged.

Our team visits each club bi-weekly, dropping off new resource boxes that contains fun and creative activities themed around different picture books.

The boxes include activities that focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) and emotional awareness. The children are also encouraged to borrow books from the Mobile library and earn points to spend at our swop shop for each book they read and understand.

We currently have six clubs running in the community that are reaching > 60 children.

AIM
Providing quality after-school programmes to children in low-income areas can assist in addressing the issue of education inequality in South Africa. These programmes will however have limited impact if the children’s home environments are destructive.

Some children manage to thrive, Despite the risks and adversity that they face, some children still manage to thrive. This can be due to an innate characteristic, but it can also be nurtured by the most basic elements of love, care and connectedness. American psychologist, Ann Masten, calls this the ‘ordinary magic’ that can build the resilience that enables children to succeed.

The Aftacool project aims to:

1) create the ‘ordinary magic’ that helps children to succeed even in the face of poverty and adversity

2) Increase literacy by encouraging reading for understanding

3) Encourage children in learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths through STEAM activities