A visit from SOLON

On Friday the 7th May 2021, TVS enjoyed a site visit from one of our major partners, Mrs. Cecily Salmon of SOLON.

Mrs. Cecily Salmon has been involved with TVS for several years and has met and visited with TVS chair members and staff on several occasions.

The site visit began with a drive down the Hogsback mountain into the Tuyme Valley, where various schools that are involved with TVS were pointed out to Cecily en-route, along the back roads to Kwezana Primary School.

At Kwezana Primary, we met with one of TVS’s Learning Support Assistants, Olwethu Raba. We held a candid conversation with Cecily about the challenges that she faced as an LSA and with the teaching of and interactions with the learners of Kwezana village. The need for bilingual dictionaries, for TVS’s Learning Support Assistants to have on hand, was identified by Mrs Salmon. From Kwezana, we drove onto MacFarlane Primary where we met the principal and only teacher of the school. TVS LSA, Zanele Mamkeli was on hand to demonstrate her skills with a multi-grade classroom of learners from Grade 4 – Grade 7. We enjoyed some action songs with the learners and Cecily gave an impromptu lesson on “how to wake the brain” (by stimulating the ear lobes).

From MacFarlane, we drove on to Mabandla Primary where Cecily met with the teaching staff and TVS LSA, Ms. Sisanda Moss.

Our fourth and final visit was at Ncera Zantsi Primary, where we sang songs with the learners and TVS LSA (an Honours Student at the University of Fort Hare) Mr. Inga Mgushelo.

We then listened to a story read by Inga and enjoyed exploring the concepts and morals identified within the story with the learners.

The visit went well and Cecily was pleased with the visible work TVS is achieving on the ground. She was impressed by the dedication and self-application of the TVS Learning Support Assistants and said that she felt that this initiative was working well and that it would be worthwhile for TVS to continue with this effort for the full duration of 2021. (Providing funds are approved).

The following morning, whilst Cecily was still in Hogsback, we received the ultimate symbol of hope and support by the presence of a beautiful and striking rainbow in the morning sky.