Pam’s Passion for the Youth
It has always been a passion of mine to work with children and in September 2017, I found the opportunity to engage with youngsters at the Bonteheuwel library.
I began reading classes with about eight children and the class grew steadily. Now sixteen children attend each week. It has been a real challenge meeting the children at their level of need. With ages ranging from six to twelve, it can be a juggle. But it is such a worthwhile experience, as all love listening to stories, reading and looking at the pictures. It is a privilege to witness young minds expanding.
I was delighted when some children requested to do drama. Drama is such a powerful medium in creating space for children to make sense of their world. Practically, this posed a problem however, as our small study room at the library just couldn’t accommodate this idea. In April 2018, I approached the Bonteheuwel Thusong Centre (Multi-Purpose Centre) and asked if they had space for me to do reading and drama classes. They happily offered us their Learning Centre to use every Saturday morning.
We have some Milo and biscuits in the mornings, and then we get to work. It really warms my heart to see how the children sit so eagerly to listen to the stories and ask questions. I have seen them make such progress, even in finding the confidence to read out loud to the rest of the class.
And we don’t stop with reading and drama. When there is some spare time, we also play a little soccer in the courtyard. Last October holiday, I assisted the library with an Arts and Crafts workshop where the kids made Christmas cards for their friends and families. It’s so rewarding being a part of their lives in creative ways. I have arranged a tour to The Giraffe House and Wildlife Awareness Centre for this spring. I am constantly amazed at how my personal passion is having a positive effect on the community, and what started as a little class has now grown into a vibrant extra-mural activity. I trust that this safe space to learn, have fun and explore will add exponential value to the lives of these children and their families.
Pam Sue Taylor has been working in the Television industry for more than 15yrs. She is currently the Executive Assistant to Louse McClelland, CCO & MD of Okuhle International and Wilna van Schalkwyk, Executive Producer & MD of Okuhle Productions.
Pam has always had a passion to uplift and empower the community, she also runs an NPO called Trust called Awehness Foundation.
For enquiries, contact;
Pamela Sue-Taylor, Executive Assistant
M: 082 554 0837
For more information contact;
Paula Brown, Director & Co-founder at Okuhle Media
T: 021 486 2900