The Tembaletu Trust
The Tembaletu Trust started its first project the Tembaletu Community Education Centre (TCEC) in 1989. The TCEC works in communities across KwaZulu-Natal, offering accessible and appropriate education, training and community development opportunities which are aimed particularly at meeting the needs of those who, for historical and political reasons still remain economically and educationally disadvantaged.
Publishing of Children’s Story Books
In an effort to help children from disadvantaged communities experience the joys of reading and to start reading from a young age, Tembaletu initiated a project which involves the publishing of story books for primary school children. The books are based on cultural creation myths which have been told for centuries. Tembaletu is taking the stories and the books to the community, by visiting schools and organisations. Story-telling sessions take place and at the end, each child receives a book to take home to share with family and friends.
Promoting of Environmental Awareness Amongst Children
Tembaletu has released a DVD entitled “The Green Elephant” as part of its environmental awareness programme for children. Tembaletu believe that learning to respect and care for our planet is a way of life that should be taught from an early age. The programme began using edutainment at local primary schools through interactive story-telling, children’s plays and rhymes, songs and dance. The environmental themes covered are caring for our land, water and air and is narrated in both English and IsiZulu.
A valuable spin-off from the edutainment programme is that the message was turned into an animated DVD to reach those who cannot benefit directly from a live presentation. Included with the DVD is a CD version of the story.
Support the work of the Trust
For a donation of R50 you will receive a copy of the DVD or an English and IsiZulu version of the story of your choice, (please note that you will be responsible for the collection of the Books/DVD). All donations will go towards the work of the Trust.