A group of US student volunteers have succeeded in boosting international relations after helping a record number of Vision AfriKa learners during an educational holiday programme.
The foreign students, who are studying at Stellenbosch University, have been involved with Vision AfriKa on and off since last year. As a result, for a week during the holiday period, they looked after between 40 and 45 learners from Grades 8 to 11 who attended daily sessions with them.
They played outdoor games, worked on arts and crafts and watched educational films while the students helped them out. The learners also shared their dreams of what they would like to do with their lives when they finished High School. The students, in turn, learned that people are very similar, whether they come from the US or South Africa.
Towards the end of the week, four people from The Reach Trust, an NGO in Stellenbosch that has helped transform the lives of more than 10 million people by giving them access to cost-effective mobile solutions, also came to visit. They showed the learners how to use the MXIT mobile messaging service.
The Reach Trust also demonstrated how to use the firm’s online applications and search engine too. They ran a simple competition whereby a hat was passed around and when the music stopped playing, the person holding it was asked a question. If they answered correctly, which three learners did, they received ZAR50.