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Education Africa’s Marimba team moves with the beat!

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Hello again! We are hope you are doing well in lockdown and are keeping busy. This week we wanted to let you know how our  Education Africa marimba team is overcoming challenges during the lockdown. 

Our Marimba Specialist and project manager Joan Lithgow wanted to support our marimba educators from our Hubs and ensure they did not fall behind and so she devised a plan! 

Joan and her team contacted all our Hub educators and completed a survey to find out how they could continue to give lessons during Lockdown. The educators unanimously voted for WhatsApp, and so Joan has started creating video tutorials and sending them on WhatsApp to all the educators.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Joan sends video tutorials presenting song arrangements. On Monday she teaches the bass, Wednesday the middle section and on Friday she sends the melody and all the parts put together, which she does using the Acapella app. The educators are able to learn the song remotely as they all have dummy keyboards to work on at home.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays Joan presents revision theory lessons with 3 worksheets per lesson which the educators can answer and submit to the Education Africa Marimba Assistants, Khabo Motaung and Puseletso Ramashaoi, to be marked. The educators can then use  these worksheets in their lessons.

Joan putting all the parts of Siyahamba together.

While Joan creates and sends the tutorials, Khabo and Puseletso have been concentrating on producing memory joggers for the songs the educators have learnt so far. These take a long time to create!

We are so proud of our Education Africa Marimba team and all the work they have put in to overcome the lockdown challenges.

P.S. In our next newsletter we will be letting you know what our Early Childhood Development team as been up to!

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