With no Early Child Education centre at the Waitoga village school, the next 4 weeks shall see our volunteer team set up and implement a kindergarten programme for the pre-school children of Vutuna and Waitoga villages, which provides a hugely exciting opportunity to provide basic learning, songs, games and healthy habits for the little ones. To kick off the kindi this week we had Will, Jim and Morag, who chose the theme for the week as “Insects”. This included bug related songs and arts & crafts, a birthday caterpillar, bug games and a fun Friday where the volunteers and kindi kids made masks, wings and went on a lovely nature walk together around the village and along the beach!
On Tuesday the education assistance and youth initiatives at the Waitoga Village School were also underway, with Georgia , Becky, Madhu and Adrien heading into the classrooms. They quickly recognised that the school has a small roll of 59 fantastic kids, full of life and laughter. Georgia assisted in Class 3 & 4, with a week full of games and making displays in extra curricular classes. Madhu was in Class 1 & 2, playing word games and helping those students highlighted by the teacher as struggling with their basic maths and english, which is one of the primary aims of our teaching assistance role under the Ministry of Education. Becky was in Class 5 & 6 and quickly gained their interest and excitement by teaching them singing, a passion of all Fijian children, and some creative ‘About Me’ posters. Adrien was in class 7 & 8, and whilst they were committed with exams during the morning lessons, the afternoons was an opportunity for dance, games and fun activities for the students.
It has been a fantastic start to the youth projects, and the team eagerly await the final day of term celebrations, before kicking off a youth camp programme for the 2 week school break!