After-school programs provide safe, supervised spaces for students. In addition to homework support, access to these spaces improves self-esteem and self-awareness, provides a sense of belonging, and enhances important life and socio-emotional skills.
Things to consider
Look for a space with regular access, chairs and tables, and good lighting. Look at who is around you in your community. This space might be in a community hall, church, library or even your own home.
The ideal after-school program space will have things like:
• Chairs and tables
• Good lighting
• Storage for resources
• Library corner
• Separate rooms for different subjects/grades
• Computer room
• Outside area for activities
You don’t have to have all these things immediately! But any space you use must be safe for students to be in.
Tools to help
The pandemic resulted in a huge disruption to education plans for 2020. In order to recover lost learning time the Department of Basic Education has put together a 3 year recovery plan:
2022 school calendar
Curriculum recovery by grade
Guidelines for reopening ASPs
WHO answers questions about schools and COVID-19
Posters and art create a welcoming space for student to enter.
Holiday clubs are a good way to get students into your space. Here are a list of tried and tested games.