Chatham Day School and Thabisile Primary
GLP's School-To-School Partnerships serve to
create a dialogue between schools participating in our High Literacy
Clusters from around the world and the USA.
Our pilot between the South Africa and
the USA has had wonderful participation from Thabisile
Primary School in Soweto and Chatham Day School in New Jersey.
Chatham Day School, New Jersey, USA
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- Chatham Day School (CDS) was established
in 1998 and is is located in Chatham Township on a 15 acre, tree-lined
property with four buildings able to support activities
for up to 240 students.
- CDS students represent a variety of religious, ethnic, and cultural
backgrounds. Families come from communities in Essex, Morris,
Somerset, and Union counties in New Jersey.
- Chatham Day
School is committed to promoting and preserving a community that
racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity.
- CDS was attracted
to the School-To-School Partnership as the required activities
- develop a
better understanding of the world in which we live
- compare and contrast the values and attitudes we carry
- work against prejudice and xenophobia
- provide opportunities to act as global citizens
- encourage understanding and friendship
- Partnerships would also help raise
levels of literacy; stimulate interest in learning to speak foreign
languages, and demonstrate how to learn to work towards shared goals.
are a number of teachers from a range of subjects who have begun
to integrate global issues and awareness into their lessons.
- CDS students
learned about how important human rights are to the new South
Africa and they were able to compare the America Bill of Rights
to South Africa's charter on human rights.
- Several classes
are exchanging pen pal letters as well as "cultural packets" that
describe their communities and lives to each other.
hosted Mrs. Laura Peppetta, the literacy consultant
at Thabisile, during the month of February 2008..
- It was especially
wonderful for teachers from CDS to meet a counterpart
from overseas and both sides were able to share ideas on issues
of mutual interest.
- CDS students
held a bake sale and other fund raisers before Mrs. Peppetta's
visit in order to surprise her with a new laptop computer for
held a book drive to share the books that they were reading with
their new friends in Thabisile.
- Thabisile teachers
and students produced a video where they introduced CDS community
to the isiZulu
language, various cultural dances and even a performance of a traditional
About Thabisile Primary
School, Soweto, SA
- Thabisile Primary School, originally known as Vulamazibuko,
a Zulu word meaning extending the boundaries of education, was built
during South Africa's apartheid era between 1958 and 1959.
the authorities of that period saved no records of the early years
that the school existed. However, Alfred Mofolo, an African town elder
that the school developed in conjunction with the Diepkloof suburb
of Soweto, after forced removals under the Apartheid Regime coerced
black Africans from their homes in Alexandra and Sophia town to Diepkloof
and Meadowlands - two of the last suburbs added to Soweto.
was one of the lucky schools to survive the 1976 Soweto Uprising--the
rebellion by African school children against being
taught in Africaans, and the forced expansion of "Bantu" education,
a substandard education reserved for Black South Africans. Today,
in the new, independent South Africa, the school consists of
19 classrooms with six permanent and two temporary teachers
including 33 orphans and 58 pre-schoolers.
students at Thabisile Primary are a diverse group. They come
from a variety of Zulu, Sotho, Xhosa, and Tsonga families.
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