Nelson Mandela spent 67 years of his life working for justice; 27 of those years were spent in 3 prisons viz. Robbin Island, Pollsmore and Victor Venster. To commemorate his life, all those living in South Africa are asked to give 67 minutes of their time (as a starting point) to a ‘good cause’ every 18th of July – ‘Mandela Day’.
And so, this July 18th was the first experience of this ‘giving’ for the 5-6 year olds of ‘Little Lambs’ who enthusiastically entered into the task of preparing sandwiches to donate to the less fortunate children of Imizamo Yethu township.
To start, it was awkward for these little ones to handle ‘knives’ for spreading – since they normally eat only with spoons; but they made big efforts and in the end we had a pile of sandwiches to gift to the children from Silikamva High School – who were suitably appreciative and impressed by the efforts of the smaller children.
On Wednesday, April 10th the children of Little Lambs Educare were taken on an excursion to enjoy the beautiful Hout Bay beach. Although most of these children live nearby in the township of Imizamo Yethu, not many parents have ever taken their children to the beach.
Shortly after breakfast, 70 Grade R children were transported by bus from the Day Care to the Museum in Hout Bay. Teacher Claudia was expecting them and had displayed mussels and other shells, pebbles and sea sand, seaweeds, starfish and pictures of various fish on a big table.
She then told interesting stories about these different sea dwellers; also about boats and fishing, high and low tides, and the wonderful Cape Town beaches. Claudia also explained to the children how the sea is being polluted and urged them to recycle cool drink containers whenever possible.
After enjoying a small snack, the children were driven by bus to the beach. They were so excited to scramble around and to explore the rocks. When the first child discovered a shell and proudly held it high, the others then competed to find the biggest and the most beautiful shells.
Some children even dared to enter the water – which caused a lot of laughter from their friends when they hopped from one leg to the other because the Atlantic water was so icy cold.
It was a fun-filled morning – with fine weather and warm temperatures. At the end of the outing, the children were bussed back to Little Lambs where they then ate a nutritious meal before happy exhaustion had them succumbing to a much needed sleep on their mattresses.
The next day, as part of their school work, the children were asked to paint pictures of some of the new things they had seen and experienced.
A big thank you to all the teachers and volunteers who participated in caring for the children during this wonderful outing.
Our Grade R children
Hout Bay beach
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