Learn to Swim

South Africa - 01.01.2015 - 30.06.2015

After the December festive season, new “Learn to Swim” programmes were put in place. Initiatives resumed at the De La Bat School for the Deaf and the Wysneusies Creche in Worcester. The LIV Village programme commenced and a new class of 15 grade R scholars were included in the numbers totalling 103 learners.  Sibani Makanya continued teaching 20 scholars from the underprivileged Tabatha School in Pietermaritzberg. 
A new project commenced in January 2015 at Umhlali Preparatory School on the North Coast of KZN. 354 students were given learn to swim lessons until the end of April.  Sixty plus talented youngsters will continue learning their strokes during the winter months. 
In Durban on 21st March, Human Right's Day, 500 underprivileged children were given the opportunity to learn to swim.  On the same day in Pinetown, another 75 children attended a “Learn to Swim” clinic and were also given a talk on water safety. 
In April a “Learn to Swim” programme in Worcester commenced with 12 children from Pioneer School for the Blind. Each child received 8 lessons.
From 21st April through to 26th June, 32 children from the De La Bat School for the Deaf were given “Learn to Swim” lessons and a further 17 children from Kleuter Akademie received lessons from 18th May to 26th June.
Also in May a “Learn to Swim” programme commenced at Umhlali Preparatory School on the North Coast and involved teaching underprivileged and orphaned children from local communities.  30 children are benefiting from this programme.
In Pietermaritzberg, Coach Sibani Makanya continues a “Learn to Swim” programme. 20 children attend these lessons every Friday.
In June 2015 the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation secured a permanent venue in Ballito on the North Coast of Kwazulu Natal and the “Learn to Swim” programme has moved to this wonderful indoor facility that will now enable the Foundation to continue teaching swimming during the winter months. 30 children from Etete will continue their lessons till the end of August at this pool and a further 30 will join the programme.

© Fondation Princesse Charlène de Monaco