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Wednesday, 16 July 2008 02:00
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The Kungwini Drop-in Centre, a project of Kungwini Welfare Organisation, received funding to start a music teaching programme.

Esperance Grobler from Wapadrand was appointed by the Kungwini Welfare Organisation as music teacher at this centre and classes started in May.

The Drop-In Centre was founded in 2005 with 30 vulnerable children between the ages of six and 11 years from the Boschkop Primary School. Today 45 children have been involved in this project, which gives the children lunch and teaches them a variety of skills such as painting, entrepreneurial and life skills, victim empowerment, health aspects and HIV/Aids awareness.

According to Daleen Botes, marketer for Kungwini Welfare Organisation, which includes the Paul Jungnickel home, the most important part of the project is that the children know that somebody is interested in them. The introduction of music into these children’s lives has already made a huge difference. None of these children has had any kind of formal music background and for many of them this is the first time they have heard classical music.

Esperance’s music appreciation classes focus on fun and are specifically aimed at the grade five and six learners. Her introductory lesson was about ‘The kangaroo’, music composed by Saint-Saëns, and the children had to raise their hands when they could hear kangaroos jumping in the music. The follow-up class saw them divided into four groups, baby kangaroos, kangaroos, hunters and trees, that each told its own story with music.

These music classes at the Drop-in Centre will introduce the children to a variety of musical instruments and will teach them the basics of reading musical notes.

If you have musical instruments that you are not using, please consider donating them to this project. You can make a difference to the future of a vulnerable child and perhaps another Mozart can be found in the Bronberg area. For more information, call Daleen Botes at 012-809-0020/1.

Learning to hold and blow on a recorder for the first time

The children dress up in costumes and dramatise a music-story




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