Author Archives: Naomi Ramsay

Social Change-Maker’s Mural

Kitsong Social Change-Maker’s is an after-school club dedicated to questioning and improving the world around us. Over the past few weeks, the learners have been identifying issues within the Phokeng community and coming up with ways they can make change. This week at Social Change-Maker’s we discussed the xenophobic attacks in South Africa. The learners shared how the attacks made them feel, why they think they are happening, and how we could make our community a safe space. Following the discussion, Kitsong learners created a mural for peace in Africa. Using chalk, the learners expressed their feelings against xenophobia, and the need to unite our communities. After covering a good portion of the wall in chalk, we came together in a compliment circle. A ball of string was tossed from learner to learner as they complimented each other for their art-work, their kindness, and friendship. Each student left with a friendship bracelet from the activity. The mural is currently on display at the Kitsong campus.

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Kitsong’s First Public Speaking Competition

On Friday, 20 March Kitsong held its First Public Speaking Competition. Learners submitted poems, stories, speeches and raps a month before the competition then they worked during their breaks and after school to edit their writing and practise their speaking skills. All the students worked extremely hard, but only a few could perform at the assembly. The final four learners chosen to perform were Kagiso Katane, Bontle Putu, Onkarabetse Monyatsi and Letlhogonolo Molebatsi. Kagiso wrote a poem titled “I Am An African Child”, Bontle wrote a speech about Discrimination, Onkarabetse wrote a story called Selfish Queen and Letlhogonolo wrote a poem about Kitsong. The teachers voted after they all performed and Kagiso won first place. All four learners received certificates for participating in the competition. We encourage all the learners to submit for the Second Public Speaking Competition which will be held after the holidays.