Minister Marais launches volume two of After School Treasure Box
The After School Treasure Box is a partnership between the Youth and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, The Learning Trust, ASSITEJ-SA and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. This project is a collaboration with many NGOs that have contributed activities to the printed pack and online portal, and are distributing to thousands of primary school learners across the province, and country.
Minister Marais heard from young people from the Scouting-in-Schools Programme who have been distributing the booklets in their communities, from Kraaifontein to Khayelitsha, ensuring that learners have stayed connected to learning during the pandemic. Minister Marais encouraged the learners and youth gathered to stay true to the cub Scouts motto, and to keep on “doing their best during these challenging times when we can’t always play with our friends and do the things that we are used to”.
The booklets are full of fun at-home learning activities for learners without access to online resources. From the COVID-19 Do’s & Don’ts board game, to Alphabet Bingo, Tetris and the Social Distance Shuffle, the pack provides opportunities for families to enjoy the wonders of whole child development. Petal the mouse, Buffel the Buffalo and Lula the giraffe - delightful characters developed by Florence and Watson - regale poems and stories to build learners’ understanding of COVID-19, while also promoting at home learning and psycho-social wellbeing by bringing families together.
At its core, the Treasure Box is an advocacy project for all the stakeholders involved in After School Programmes, which are a key intervention in supporting vulnerable learners to envision their life opportunities better.
Spokesperson for the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais
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