Dalton Education Trust Newsletter No. 2 May 2010
 
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Eco Saturday Event!
To further celebrate environmental appreciation and Earth Day on April 22, Dalton Private Reserve graciously opened its gates to the public for the first time, to about 300 guests, on Saturday April 17. Admission included game drives, pony rides, organic garden activities, Zulu dancing, crafts demonstrations, and more! Yizwa Centre for the Eco Arts was out in force face-painting and doing art with the kids, there was mural-painting in the garden and many traditional and modern Zulu dance performances. Guests also experienced demonstrations from the Shuttleworth Weaving, traditional Zulu clothing and food, KZN Wildlife Kids Club, Wizzard worm farms, sand art, and of course, the exquisite beauty of Dalton. Thanks to everyone who came and worked to make this first-time event a great success of community-building and education! The kids are still buzzing about their once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing zebras, rhinos, and cape buffalo. See tons of pictures on our facebook group page! Collage:
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An article about Eco Saturday appeared in the Estcourt News and the Howick Village Talk.
 
 
Dalton in the News!
Check out our December feature in KwaZulu-Natal’s The Witness newspaper on Dalton Education Trust, psychomotor training, and the sustainable development vision of Dalton Private Reserve.
 
 
Planting a Permaculture Food Garden
To celebrate World Health Day on April 7, Dalton Education Trust began building a community food garden at the Dalton Resource Centre on the weekend of April 10. Working with Yizwa Centre for the Eco Arts, we are planting a permaculture garden, which is a long-term sustainable garden designed to minimize labor and waste and maximize use of natural elements. A few shallow steps will lead children into a fruit orchard and winter vegetable and indigenous plant garden. Then, instead of buying a weekly snack of fruit when the children come together on Thursdays, they can eat from a bounty of spinach, potato, onion, peas, peaches, plums, apples, and more!

View a Yizwa blog entry about Dalton’s garden here. The garden is being built by everyone, and tended by our caretaker Nelisiwe Sithole. An article about the garden appeared in the Estcourt News.
 
 
Family Facilitator Training
PEISA has completed classroom training of eight Family Facilitators and one Coordinator. Now these hard-working ladies are planning and running their own lessons in groups of two or three each Thursday, and by the end of the next
term, will have completed the practical portion of their training. LETCEE Family Facilitators will assemble learner portfolios and be assessed to receive state-sanctioned pre-school teacher certification. There have been a lot of training sessions, with weeklong trips to Greytown away from their families, and much more reading, homework and English than the ladies are used to, and they are so close to completion! We are so proud of our FF’s.
 
 
Spotlight On: Nokuthula Mchunu
Birthday: 26 May 1976
Position: Coordinator of Family Facilitators (FF’s), which among other duties includes record-keeping, visiting and assisting Family Facilitators with crèches and psychomotor training, and liaising with the Dalton Education Trust Coordinator and the communities.
Biography: The second eldest of seven children, Nokuthula lives in the rural community of Mhubeni, where she supports her father, a retired melamine-factory worker, her youngest sister and eleven-year-old son while also completing correspondence courses for a degree in Early Child Development and volunteering on the community-elected Dalton Education Trust governing Committee. She especially enjoys watching wild animal shows on television and singing in her local Catholic church, where the priests help her learn English. An avid chef, her father tends a vegetable garden and she does the cooking—nothing too spicy—and also keeps livestock, especially her favorite animal: the cow. With a yen to travel, Nokuthula has not been outside of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and would love to someday see Cape Town. But right now she’s saving up to send her son to medical school someday.
 
 
Toy Library
Since most of the community children will never own their own store-bought toys, we are so grateful that LETCEE www.letcee.co.za has busily been putting together an impressive lending library of learning toys for the FF’s to use with our local pre-school-age children (we’re now serving more than seventy, and the numbers are still climbing!). Volunteer and Committee Member Zama Vilakazi has been trained as our toy librarian, and busily keeps records and shows FF’s how to use the new toys, puzzles and games. It’s fun for the FF’s and kids to learn with new toys! See more pictures of kids playing with toys from the library on our facebook group page!
 
 
Find Us on Facebook!
Search for Dalton Education Trust under Groups, for updates & pictures of our projects, wonderful volunteers, and adorable kids.
Ezindikini Crèche
The ground has broken, and building has begun on FF Prisca Ndlovu’s crèche! In a concerted community effort, Dalton Private Reserve is donating building supplies, the local Councillor is donating roof tin, the Municipality donated land with quite a scenic mountain view of the Bushman’s River Valley below Ezindikini, and community members led by Mduduzi Mchunu began digging and planting poles on March 20 so the crèche will be included in the current electricity-mapping of the community.
 
 
Eco Schools
Dalton Education Trust is now a registered Eco School, a program run in 47 countries around the world, and by WESSA in South Africa. We’re busily beginning to adapt the eco schools framework for our informal crèches and excited to promote environmental education with the kids!
 

Wish List
As a new organization, we appreciate any and all support. Sadly, we are rapidly working through our seed funding, and really need support to keep our projects going!
For our crèche teachers: notebooks, folders, pens, first aid supplies (plasters, cotton, ointment, etc.)
For our kids: art supplies (paint, crayons, scissors, glue, etc.), blankets, clothing, toys, books, fruit, yogurt, etc. (we supply fruit every Thursday)
For the organic garden for our kids: 1 small spade, 1 large spade, 1 fork, seeds, seedlings, fruit trees
For building a crèche: windows, doors, door frames, flush toilet, gate openers, other construction supplies
Any donations in kind or of money or skills are most welcome.

 
Conflict Resolution & Negotiation Training
Befitting the nonviolent foundation of psychomotor training, Dalton Education Trust and Dalton Private Reserve have been engaging in extensive conflict resolution and negotiation trainings to facilitate community-building within Dalton and the surrounding communities. The more collaboration and communication, the happier and more productive the participants, and the more good ideas we all benefit from!
 
 
For Sale!
We have Dalton Education Trust t-shirts for sale! All sizes and colors, made with our kids, just R50 each! Tree front, logo back.

Email info@daltoneducationtrust.com for details.

Also, we’re selling psychomotor equipment locally by order. The brochure is available on our website.
 
 

Many Many Thanks
Dalton Education Trust only exists because people like you care about supporting children. We especially want to thank: Margaret McKenzie, Phelelani Mabaso, John Dawson, Easy2Use, Sterley & Dawson, LETCEE, PEISA, Yizwa, ITI, Koop Design, Imbabazene Councillors, our FF’s and Committee members, Joe Dawson, Lesley Terwin, Sue Dawson, Dalton Private Reserve employees, and so many more kind people who have donated time, money, and services to build a strong foundation for the future of our children.

 
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