Community Project: Musical Instruments for pre-schools

Posted on October 02, 2020

Construction Economics students made the most of the lockdown restrictions by selecting an innovative and creative community project in order to complete their Joint Community Project module (JCP).  Sinethemba Ndlovu (Real Estate student), Nosipho Hadebe and Masego Mngomezulu (both Quantity Surveying students) created beautiful and durable musical instruments for underprivileged children.

The group made a video to showcase their project:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwSK_BytPjg 

The three ladies reflected on their project and said the following:

"When we chose the project: “Musical Instruments for Pre-Schools”, I genuinely thought it would be easy. Because I would be working out of the comfort of my own home, I thought it would be even easier, but I had greatly underestimated the task at hand. Finding an instrument to make by hand was challenging. It had to be affordable to make and I had to make it 30 times, it had to be effective, durable and easy for a child to play with. While making the instruments, my back hurt, my fingers were really sore and it was sometimes mundane. I can’t even imagine how it feels for individuals who have to make small instruments like this every day, just provide for themselves and their families, while  being underpaid and living in the challenging South African economy. Going to the hospice only humbled me further.  Those children are ill and close to death. They come from broken homes with nobody but the hospice employees to care for them. They get joy from the smallest things in life and appreciate everything. This taught me to be more grateful and appreciative of everything I have, even the little things". (Masego Mngomezulu)

"This was a very humbling experience for me as I got chance to give back to kids that really needed it. Seeing their reactions and how excited they were was really fulfilling and humbling" (Nosipho Hadebe)

"This experience was something new and I had never tried it before. The interaction with the learners was the most exciting part as I don’t get to do that often. I also gained a few skills that will come in handy in the future; e.g. drilling.  All in all It was fun participating in a way that will assist in the child’s development whilst providing a new and fun activity for the teachers can include music in play time now whereas they didn’t have the resources to do that before" ( Sinethemba Ndlovu)

- Author Department of Construction Economics
Published by Elzane Van Eck

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