Sport Management students who are doing their Work-Integrated Learning at CPUT’s Department of Student Affairs Sport celebrated Mandela Day by painting the walls at the Philani Centre in Khayelitsha.
The students were later joined by the Centre’s staff and community members in painting the walls.
Head of Sport Department Siyabulela Mkwalo said the Philani Centre and CPUT have a mutual relationship that focuses on the wellbeing and development of the children through the provision of recreational programmes offered by Sport Management students.
“The intention of the partnership is to enhance the learning ability of children, as well as enable every child to grow up healthy in order to fulfil their physical and mental potential,” said Mkwalo. “This engagement has a potential to increase children’s learning abilities, improve concentration levels, aerobic capacity and teamwork.”
Philani Centre has 13 Educare classes across six different sites which serves a total of 341 children between the ages of three and six years. All the teachers have formal training with qualifications varying from a NQF Level 4 to Diploma in Early Childhood Development.
The Educare Programme is consistent with the overall Philani mission of promoting excellent child health and development knowing that children who play do not only enjoy physical development but also recover faster from illness and malnutrition.
The 16 Sport Management students, who are funded by the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority, are enrolled by the Sport Department in a one-year internship that started in September 2017.