Volunteers from German sports club help at Bay schools
NOTABLE changes – that is how a Port Elizabeth principal describes the impact two German student volunteers are having on her school.
Lukas Hack, 18, and Teineke Kruger, 21, have been teaching life skills and sports to pupils at Charles Duna Primary School since August.
They are two of 36 volunteers from the ASC Gottingen sports club, in the Lower Saxony town of Gottingen, who are assisting in the Eastern Cape.
In Port Elizabeth, 10 volunteers work daily at five primary schools in New Brighton area. The other schools are Pendla, Ben Sinuka, Jarvis Gqamlana and Lamani Lower Primary.
The House of Resurrection children’s home in Salsoneville will also benefit from the programme. This part of the programme is funded by Continental South Africa.
Charles Duna principal Nombulelo Sume said that since the volunteers arrived, she had seen some “notable changes” in the attitudes of her pupils.
“Each class has a chance to have a session with them – this helps [the pupils] to lead more active lifestyles,” Sume said.
“Another positive result is that our pupils improve their command of English through their engagement with the volunteers.”
Grade 6 pupil Moesha Ndlovu, 12, said the volunteers had definitely helped her improve her levels of physical activity.
“They teach us a lot . . . especially Teineke teaching us how to play soccer, because most people think soccer is for boys,” she said.
“More importantly, it teaches teamwork and how to understand each other better.”
The ASC has a number of social initiative programmes en-
The sports volunteer programme reaches about 14 000 children in Africa. Volunteers are selected and sent to various parts of Africa, with all volunteers for South Africa being based in the Eastern Cape.
The programme forms part of the activities run by local NGO the B-Strong Foundation.
The 36 volunteers will spend a year helping to develop the sports and life skills of children from underprivileged communities in the province.
Hack says the programme assists children in bettering their sports, social and swimming skills.
“While the main project at the school will continue to remain our focus, we are looking to teach these children as much as we can about the lifechanging effects that sports can have on their lives and those around them,” he said.
ASC Gottingen South Africa operations manager and B-Strong Foundation founder Brett Armstrong says continuity is key to the success of the programme.
“The programme has been running for many years, and each year a new selection of volunteers is brought in.
“Continuity is there by going back to the same schools and continuing to give back to the community,” he said.
“There is no doubt that these young volunteers from ASC Gottingen have a huge impact on changing the lives of many children through sport.”