Our Love Bugs classes provide a safe and healing space where neglected children not in school have an opportunity
to stabilise and become ready to attend formal school.
We welcome children who are not in school due to various social issues exacerbated by continued institutional failure to provide thousands of children with education. Through art, stories and social games and by following the same structure each day, these children gain rhythm, orientation and routine.
Love Bugs focuses on the holistic development of the child, incorporating elements of nature in the classroom and encouraging creativity and free play as part of learning. In particular, form drawing exercises strengthen their handwriting, thinking and life force. None of what we achieve would be possible without the co-operation and willingness of the State Social Workers and children’s guardians who work with us.
Love Bugs is our response to educationally neglected children
We run two x 2-hour community classes with 20 children per group
40 Children in total (10 children per classroom)
Children's ages range from 5 - 12 years
We grow their school readiness by following the same structure each day, to help them gain rhythm, orientation and to learn the routine one finds in formal schooling.
The children learn through stories, art and social games. Every day they apply themselves to form drawing exercises which strengthens their handwriting, thinking and life forces. The programme’s foundation principles are inspired and informed by Waldorf education, which focuses on the holistic development of the child, incorporating elements of nature in the classroom and encouraging creativity and free play as part of learning.
Every day we provide all our Love Bugs with a bowl of cooked porridge, a freshly baked homemade roll and a fresh fruit at the end of the day.
Part of our termly rhythm is ending the quarter with a celebration, celebrating the children's participation throughout the term. This celebration can be in the form of a class party, parent day or an excursion relating to the theme of the term.
None of what we achieve would be possible without the co-operation and willingness of their parents/guardians to work with us. We educate, engage and support them to find a school for their children. We link them to state social workers so they can be guided, challenged and motivated to take appropriate care and action for their children. They know up front that we involve social workers when needed. Every parent/guardian signs an agreement with us.
Because children must be in school, we are required by law to share their information with a social worker. We have a very good working co-operation with a local Department of Social Development worker. Through her help and support, we are able to formally lodge complaints against parents/guardians who we identify as deliberately neglectful their children. The social worker has always intervened swiftly and fairly.
37 children registered in the Love Bug Programme with 0 children successfully registered in formal school.
31 children registered in the Love Bug Programme with 4 children successfully registered in formal school.
60 children registered in the Love Bug Programme with 20 children successfully registered in formal school
61 children registered in the Love Bug Programme with 34 children successfully registered in formal schooling for 2022.
As at September 2022, a further 15 Love Bugs have been registered for formal schooling in 2023.