An email from a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa. These humanitarian minded people are leading us into tomorrow. I am so honored to be working with them in this Rotary /Peace Corps collaborative literacy project.
I have started the Souns programme with our village children. Right now I’m focusing on the three-four year old classroom, and about 40 children have started the programme. They are brilliant children! I expected it to take a few sessions for them to really understand what I was doing, and to start relating sounds to the letters, but within the first 15 minute session, the children were starting to associate “ah” with the o’s and “mm” with the m’s. It’s really encouraging, and the staff members are excited about the programme. Considering the language barrier (the children can greet in English, but that’s it), I’m amazed at how easily the children are adapting to Souns. I speak entirely in English, and hardly anything has been translated into Xitsonga after the first lesson or two.
Hope all is well with you!