Devon-Centocow-Link funded Persona Doll training in Centocow.

24 teachers from this very rural area of KwaZulu-Natal were each given their own Persona Doll and during a workshop they were shown how to use the dolls. The session started with a song and participants practised creating the Persona for their Dolls and learned how the process empowers young children to talk about difficult issues.

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Singing to begin the day

The objectives of the training were
• Practitioners will become more aware of their stereotypes of people.
• Develop anti-discriminatory attitudes and become more able to combat exclusion and unfairness.
• Session with the dolls increase participation by children, develop the active listening skills of teachers and encourage them to accept each child’s responses and give positive feedback.
• The dolls will make it easier for the practitioners not to impose their own ideas on the children.
• Teachers will step back and let the children identify the dolls feeling and problem solve.
• Teachers will be able to use the Doll’s feeling and problem solve.
• Teachers will be able to use the Doll to react to issues as they can also use them pro-actively to raise issues of discrimination and prejudice e.g around disability, language, culture, faith, health and HIV/AIDS.
• The Doll can help to turn the culture of the group away from teasing,name-calling and exclusion towards caring, respect and support.

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Teach and learning pic

easier feelings pic

 

 

 

Thobekile Zulu led the training.

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Trainer: Thobekile Zulu

She summarised; “All objectives were well met and inline with the expectation of the practitioners. 24 Practitioners gained from the training.”

Jane says “Thank you to all those who helped make this happen.”

 

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    Jane Habermehl an early years specialist teacher made links with a group of schools in Rurual Kwa-Zulu-Natal in September 2001. The Exmouth Centocow Linking Assoc. was formed on her return and over the years she has shared her knowledge of pre-schools in South Africa and revisited the teachers on several occasions.
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    Rural Pre-school teachers of the Centocow area need your support.

    The aim of my original trip to Centocow in 2001 was to work alongside pre-school teachers, helping them to set up an association which would unite them and give them mutual support and become a force for group training. Each time I visit I learn more about the country and its culture and feel privileged to work alongside these dedicated teachers. The teachers here work on a voluntary basis in very inadequately resources buildings.

    In 2001 there were eighteen pre-schools and now their number has swelled to sixty. Working with Zimbili Dlamini, the co-ordinator of the Family Literacy Project we have divided the schools into six clusters by area. Each cluster chose a co-ordinator who would arrange a meeting every six to eight weeks to share resources and support each other, helping each other with funding applications. They would have a smaller transport bill and Zimbili would be a nominal co-ordinator distributing funds for transport and refreshment costs but twice a year calling whole Association meetings for training purposes. The first of these will be in December when a social worker will visit them to advise them on the lengthy and complex bureaucratic process of registration.

    Registration does not give the teachers other than a nominal quarterly payment but it does ensure that their provision is adequate in a basic sense and the big bonus is that they receive good food for the children they care for on a daily basis.

    By Jane Habermehl.

    Devon Centocow Link is committed to pay the teachers’ travel costs to their meetings and for maintaining a few essential resources such as scissors crayons and glue. See the whole article at
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