From Struggling Student to Top Student to Published Author, Thanks to ENABLE
World Vision South Africa’s ENABLE Area Programme, inspired to see no child without, intervened by providing resources to transform a school and enable students to excel beyond their expectations.
Sina’s access to World Vision South Africa’s ENABLE Area Programme in Limpopo has resulted in her school being rated as a top performing school and a model school for teachers to visit to learn the story behind the success, achievements and proud smiles.
In 2011, Sina, a shy and nervous little girl, was enrolled in Grade1 at her local school. ‘I really struggled with schoolwork and I was too afraid to even submit my work to the class teacher. I was then referred to the Intervention Class for 3 months to help me improve.’
At that time, Sina’s school was faced with challenges when it came to a lack of teaching resources. For Maths, stones and bottled lids were used to teach counting until a child swallowed a bottled lid and nearly suffocated.
One of our priority intervention programmes provided teacher and learner resources at Sina’s School.
Assistant teachers were employed due to access to special funds from the Labour Department Extension for the Independent Development Trust.
These assistant teachers helped in the Intervention Class with children like Sina who had learning gaps. The results were remarkable. Sina’s confidence improved and her love for learning grew.
The programme included training for the Literacy Boost Programme which aims to improve reading and comprehension skills in young children.
Sina’s exposure to the Literacy Boost Programme and her acquisition of knowledge, reading and writing skills has resulted in her writing 8 books in her home language and in English.
In 2018, she was awarded the trophy for the Top Grade 7 Performer in Mathematics in her region.
Sina is also an accomplished speller in Spelling Bee competitions.
‘I scooped a big trophy and a gold medal. My teachers are proud of my performance and this was all made possible through World Vision’s intervention and resources which laid the foundation for my studies and my achievements.’