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A note from a Teacher

My name is Ade Oyewo; I have been in the teaching industry for over 14 years, and I have seen so many issues unfold and resolved in the education landscape in South Africa. For me, teaching is the most relevant and valuable profession needed in the transformation of younger generations into meaningful adulthood; teaching is the only profession that simply took on the responsibility of developing children into responsible adults through a  never-ending journey of lifelong learning.  Teachers nowadays are inundated with the infinite responsibility of educating and civilising our societies in the aim of creating a structured, yet adaptable communities where young and old can learn and thrive successfully. With this said, it is imperative for any community or civil society to create a functional educational system that promotes a positive atmosphere where teaching and learning can take place, and as such providing conducive learning environment for the young and at-risk youth learners

It's International Literacy Day!

International Literacy Day, aims to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. At Thembalitsha, literacy is an extremely essential aspect within the focus area of Education. The importance of reading and when to start?  It’s never too late to start reading, but it is highly recommended to start at an early age. Reading to young children is known to improve and assist in one’s cognitive development; the ability to think and understand; “the construction of thought processes, including remembering, problem-solving, and decision-making, from childhood through adolescence to adulthood” ( ). Reading stimulates parts of the brain that allows one to understand the meaning of language, all the while building on key language, literacy and social skills. Our ECD Centre’s build on the fundamentals of a child's educational foundation. Literacy is commonly understood as reading and wr

Women inspiring women...

“Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing. Whether it's sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens.”  - Phylicia Rashad This year we wish to introduce you to the women of Themba Connect and the Masiphakame Women's Group in Adelaide.  The  Masiphakame Women's Group ladies have individually done their own beadwork, knitting, crocheting, sewing and gardening, so Themba Connect thought it would be great to form a strong group of women that can help, teach and learn various skills and techniques from one another at the project itself once a week.  BACK: Nomalizo Mahomba, Nombuyiselo Tiso, Babsie Du Randt (TC Sewing Trainer), Nomzwake Makhenyane, Margaret Mbaru  FRONT: Nozolile Sabani, Nosakhe Matutu (Chairwoman) Nosa Sitshefuta Every Tue


Dear Thembalitsha Friend, We are halfway through 2018 and it has been a busy period filled with many challenges and highlights.  The socio-political environment in which Thembalitsha operates and delivers quality services is becoming more and more difficult. Sometimes just getting to work is a challenge, with bus driver strikes, taxi strikes, closure of roads due to violent riots and continuous protest action, especially leading up to election time next year. Why do we continue with our mission? And more importantly, why should you continue supporting us while all is clearly not going well in South Africa?  Isn’t it true that while a small handful of people are taking part in political games and agendas, while corruption, crime and unemployment are not addressed, it is always the ordinary person that pays the price? The majority of people in South Africa who are poor, unemployed, uneducated and without proper housing and basic health s