EwB initiatives include after-school support programs in Mathematics, English literacy, isiXhosa literacy, Science, school leadership and youth mentorship.
EwB is working with Mseki Primary and Fezeka Secondary schools in Gugulethu township, Nobantu, a community centre based after school facility in Mfuleni township and Bellville South Primary school in Bellville South.
EwB provides program grants to help pay for staff and equipment with other non-profit organizations in BC, Canada and Australia.
OUR PROGRAMS ARE DEDICATED TO THE FOLLOWING MODEL:
EwB tutor-directed, after-school learning is provided in Mathematics for grades 4 to 10 learners.
Grade 11 learners who have completed the EwB Mathematics program in grades 8 to 10 may tutor learners in grades 4 to 5.
EwB tutor-directed, after-school learning is provided in English for grades 8 to 10 learners.
Early Years Home Languages
A literacy program in home languages (IsiXhosa) focused on reading writing and comprehension is provided for grades 1 to 3 learners.
The program is delivered in the classroom, half an hour per week, during school hours.
Intermediate Years Literacy
English learning focused on reading, writing and comprehension is provided for grade 4 and 5 learners after school, once a week.
This program will be offered to grade 6 learners in 2019.
EwB tutor-directed science program for grades 10 and 11 learners.
The program is delivered weekly on an after-school basis.
Students from Fezeka Senior Secondary participate in the award-winning Fezeka School Choir under the leadership of Choir Master Monde Mdingi, whose salary is funded by EwB. The choir is a considerable source of pride for the individuals involved, as well as the school and community.
During school holidays, grades 8 to 10 EwB learners participate in holiday camps to learn Maths, English and Science by playing games, participating in sports, writing and performing plays and going on excursions.
A leadership camp is offered to grade 8 EwB learners who have demonstrated commitment to their learning.
A portion of EwB revenue is allocated to local Indigenous school projects in British Columbia, Canada.
The Indigenous Storybooks Canada
In 2018, EwB began to provide support for collaboration with Indigenous Storybooks - a Canadian website for children, families, community members and educators.
The Indigenous Storybooks project aims to make the text, images, and audio of open access stories available in Indigenous languages, English, French, and Spanish. These translated stories currently come from the Little Cree Books project in Alberta, Canada – a groundbreaking digital initiative promoting literacy in the Cree language.
The site storybookscanada.ca also has a resource section that includes reviewed and vetted storytelling resources to support educators to bring traditional Indigenous stories into their classrooms.
Seabird Island Project
The Seabird Summer Outdoor Education Program will provide youth the small group and social distancing opportunity to have fun and engage in land-based outdoor education in their own beautiful community.
The EwB grant will help pay for staff and equipment costs such as the purchase of canoes, kayaks, and lifejackets. This will help the Seabird Island community to have sustainable outdoor education programs for youth from the early years to young adulthood - contributes to a love of the outdoors and holistic health. As a result of engaging in youth program outdoor education, Seabird Island Youth has reported having better grades, increased pro-social behaviour, better mental health and reduced risk taking behaviour. These impacts support the youth to have success.
The goal of the Seabird Island Band youth program is to empower the youth to become active community members and to one day become youth program staff. Outdoor education provides the nurturing, exploratory environments where the youth thrive and develop leadership skills.