Sadike Welhemina Kekana

Sadike Welhemina Kekana

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  • Project Name

  • Project Discription

    The project is about "Fighting the Fat" by preventing diseases with better living. There are a number of activities that I have introduced at school and these activities help in alleviating OBESITY that is common in learners. The project is aimed at keeping learners fit and healthy. There are a number of benefits behind the project, which learners will achieve. These include: weight management, burning calories, reduction in body fats, improvement in muscle tone and shape, and also decrease the risk of heart diseases. The main aim is to help their bodies to be flexible and endure, to help them concentrate and focus, which is what we are looking for in learners: a healthy mind in a healthy body.
  • What made you start this Project?

    I have realised that often kids become lazy, fat and unhealthy because they don't exercise. This made me introduce a project of "FIGHTING THE FAT" to give learners an opportunity to explore the functional activities of life and sport, just to keep them fit and healthy. We live in an environment that promotes unhealthy food choices. Saturated fats and calorie-dense food have gone up, while the intake of fresh fruit and vegetables has gone down. Cool-drinks and junk foods are daily consumed, and the fast food campaigns are directly aimed at children. I have realised that food, however is not the only culprit. Screen-time, which is the time spent watching TV, playing games on the computer and engaging with social media, also aggravates the problem. Due to all these behaviour, children are simply not as active as they should be. Their habit of staying physically inactive leaves unused energy in their bodies most of which is stored as fat. Fat is the main cause of diseases of diseases such as diabetes, heart diseases, cholesterol and others .Physical education in schools is not regarded as of the curriculum anymore, which means that kids are now used to an Inactive life-style. Since the act of play is completely gone as kids are now engaged in social networks where they only play with their fingers and not with their whole body like before, I am therefore using aerobics activities to bring back "play" in them.
  • What portion of the community have you impacted through your project?

    My project had a huge impact on the community I am working in. It stressed the issue of health, particularly in fighting Obesity which is the burning issue in people's life at the moment. The National Minister of Health is always stressing the danger of the pandemic which is the main cause of so many diseases like diabetes, cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart diseases. Through this project, I have been able to inculcate the habit of good eating habit and exercise in learners, parents and educators. I transferred my skills to the neighbouring schools and community members. Schools that are interested in this project either visit me or invite me to help them at their respective schools. This was extended to the community and fellow teachers. Through my effort, I assisted the Mankweng Branch of SADTU in "aerobics” and participated in SADTU Cultural Competitions.
  • What challenges have you faced with your project?

    My biggest challenge is lack of enough time to cater for most obese learners at my school. Ever since physical education was phased out as part of the curriculum in schools, I am unable to reach all of the learners during the week. Parents on the other side don't encourage and motivate their kids to remain after school to be helped. Obesity is easy to recognise, but difficult to treat. At school I teach them healthy eating habits but at home the situation is different.
  • How did you overcome those Challenges?

    I have arranged with most parents to bring their children to school every Saturday morning for exercises. I have also created time to teach and train learners on week-ends as we will be having enough time to do that. We start with our activities from 8H00 in the morning till 12H00 mid-day. I divide them into groups and train each group in an activity designed for them. As parents bring their kids to school on Saturdays, I also invite them to our health talks. I always encourage them to have an idea or knowledge of what their kids eat at school. They are also warned not to use food as a reward to their kids.
  • What have you achieved through your project?

    In 2011: I won a trophy and a gold medal for having
    Obtained position one in the activity "Aerobics
    Step" in a marathon held in Polokwane
    2012: I obtained position one in the activity "Box" in team
    Challenge and won myself two silver medals in
    Aerobics marathon arranged by Polokwane
    Municipality.

    2013: I obtained position two in the activity "AerobicsS
    Step" and won myself a trophy and a silver medal
    in aerobics marathon organised by NGO's.
    2013: I represented Limpopo Province at Mpumalanga
    on World Teachers" Day with teachers from my
    District.


    • My project has been recognised several times by other institutions.
    • I am currently the 2012 super teacher award winner as recognised by ISPA and COZA CARES.
    • I am also the 2012 first runner –up in the national Teacher Awards with this project under the category “ICT-enhanced teaching “in my province.
    • I was sponsored by School-network to attend the ICT conference in October 2013, at Bloemfontein.
    • In 2014 I used the same project to inspire other educators from schools in different districts to use ICT in any way to make teaching and learning effective, interesting and enjoyable to learners.
    • Through my effort, I was crowned the 2014 champion teacher.
    • I was also sponsored to go to Cape Town to present my project to other teachers in an ICT conference held at Wynberg girls High School in October 2014.
  • Have you raised money through partnerships for your projects?

    No

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