AMAZING GRACES CURRICULUM

Amazing Graces (AG) has developed a unique, tailor-made Curriculum geared for South African youths and their communities. The various subjects address the specific challenges (spiritual, social, emotional and physical) of our youths and equip them to deal with their peculiar circumstances.  It is based on a Christian moral foundation and empowers participants with knowledge and skills to live a dignified and constructive life. It will benefit youth members, their families, communities and our country as a whole.

The Amazing Graces-curriculum aims to empower and equip young leaders to impact their communities with Christ-based relevant subjects and life-skills The Curriculum covers 5 levels:

LEVEL 1: INTRODUCING AMAZING GRACES SUBJECTS AND METHODS
LEVEL 2: EQUIPPING TEAM LEADERS
LEVEL 3: IMPACTING COMMUNITIES
LEVEL 4: TRAINING PRESENTERS
LEVEL 5: MANAGING AMAZING GRACES BRANCHES

There are 5 basic subjects:

  1. LIFE-LESSONS
    Ethical, moral and social development:Empowering youths with spiritual and social skills to cope with life’s challenges based on eternal Biblical truths.
  2. CITIZENSHIP
    Democracy Education: To bring understanding about our country’s constitutional democracy and how to contribute positively to peaceful and happy communities.Your environment: urban and natural.
  3. LITERACY
    Reading: To foster a love for stories and books: teaching youths reading for enjoyment and character building. How to start and run a Reading ClubWriting: Creative and business writing. Media studies.
  4. ECONOMY
    Financial management: personal and business.The country’s money.
  5. FOOD SECURITY & SKILLS
    Enabling communities to grow their own food and combat hunger.Farming; cooking; health and wellness; arts and crafts.
Life-lessons: Christian foundation

LIFE-LESSONS

WHY THIS SUBJECT?

Teenagers, specifically those living in disadvantaged areas in South Africa, have serious personal and social problems to contend with. We believe the only way to address these and live a happy, focused life despite circumstances, is to put your trust in Jesus Christ and let His instructions be your guide in life. Using Biblical guidelines, this course helps youths to make the right choices in life and equip them to become honourable, responsible leaders in their communities.

TOPICS:

LEVEL 1: Module 1: Me and God: Who am I (my identity in Christ); Who is God?; Where did it all begin? – Creation; How to be in God’s plan – Salvation; The Bible – why should I read it?; Prayer – does it work?; Faith; Obedience; Problems in life; Discipleship.

Module 2: Module 2: Preparing for Team Leadership: Ethical lifestyle; Spiritual leadership; Starting AG community groups

LEVEL 2: Module 1:  Me and others – understanding relationships: Me and myself; The cure for loneliness; Inferiority; Parents; Friends; Dating; Sex; Aids; Forgiveness; Me and God

Module 2: Team Leadership: Goal-setting; Amazing Graces Team Leaders and Area Leaders; AG community groups – testimonies of existing groups

LEVEL 3:  Module 1: Me and my community – Spiritual warfare : what are we fighting:  Drugs, alcoholism (FAS); Poverty, unemployment; Domestic violence, abuse, rape; fatherlessness; Teenage pregnancies, prostitution (‘blessers’); HIV; Crime, gangsterism, lawlessness; Culture and Christianity (ATR, witchcraft, syncretism, prosperity gospel); Xenophobia, jealousy, suspicion, racism; Corruption; Serving your community: DMM; disciple-clubs; leading community service events.

Past Andre: Life-lessons in Thembalethu
Abel presenting Democracy to learners

CITIZENSHIP

WHY THIS SUBJECT?

South Africa has gone through many painful experiences in the past to achieve the Constitutional Democracy which we have today. This system gives equal rights and opportunities to all South African citizens. However, if people do not understand how a democratic government works and what the role of the citizen is, we will not achieve this.

It is of crucial importance that the people of South Africa are informed about matters that concern the governance of the country and affect their daily lives and livelihood. If people are ignorant about channels available to them to solve matters constructively, they might turn to violence and destruction, to the detriment of all South Africans.

Our aim is to empower the youth to take active control of their own destinies by increased participation in democratic processes

TOPICS:

LEVEL 1: Module 1: Democracy Education:  What is democracy?; Elections; Constitution & Bill of Rights; National symbols

LEVEL 2: Module 1: Democracy Education: 1. National government; 2. Provincial government; 3. Local government

LEVEL 3: Module 1: Democracy education: 1. Statutory bodies; 2. Media; 3. Citizenship: local government: how can you get involved. (Debating clubs).4. Theocracy: Kingdom principles.

Module 2: South African Reconciliation: South African history; 2. African and Western mind-sets; 3. Reconciliation and forgiveness

AG curriculum explains about government
Tumi reading in Reigerpark library

LITERACY

WHY THIS SUBJECT?

Children who read are those that excel at school and enjoy a rich intellectual and emotional life. Unfortunately, according to an international study, 43% of South Africa’s Grade 5 children were unable to read at even the basic reading level. The aim of our Reading Clubs is to spark a love of stories among adults and children. Reading opens the world and empowers a person to access the knowledge, imagination and reams of humankind. It will make an unthinkable difference to our country if we have youths that are literate and can transcend the limited environment in which many of them live.

TOPICS:

LEVEL 1: Module 1: Reading Clubs: The importance of Reading; Starting a Reading Club; Set of 10 Reading Club programmes compete with exercises and games

LEVEL 2: Module 2: Writing skills: Business writing:  CVs, news reports, research, minutes and agendas; Creative writing: stories (books, magazines, blogs); dramas, plays, songs etc.

LEVEL 3: Module 1: Media studies: 1. Making history; 2. Journalism; social media

Righardt reading in Moloto
Entrepreneurship training

ECONOMY

WHY THIS SUBJECT?

In general the South African population has a poor grasp of money matters, and as a result do not manage their money wisely, leading to perpetual poverty. In addition, unemployment is a sad fact for more than 27% of our population. The best way to get out of poverty if you are unemployed is to start and run your own business. Entrepreneurship and well-managed personal finances will bring people on the road to financial freedom, independence and prosperity.

TOPICS:

LEVEL 1: Module 1: Personal Money management on Biblical principles (Crown Money-map)

LEVEL 2: Module 1:  Starting your own business: The business plan;

LEVEL 3: Module 1: The country’s money: 1. Introduction to economics;  2. The national budget – taxes and expenses; 3. Macro-economics – economic policy; economic growth; employment; price stability.

AG Financial training exercise May 2019 Centurion
Vegetable gardening in Luckau, Groblersdal
Cooking class in Siyabuswa

FOOD SECURITY & SKILLS

WHY THIS SUBJECT?

FARMING: Almost half of our brothers and sisters in the country do not know where their next meal will come from. Many children experience hunger. One of the best ways to address this is to teach people to grow their own food. This re-instates human dignity and teaches values such as hard work paying off, independency and sustainability.

Amazing Graces has partnered with Foundations for Farming (FfF), a Christian organisation based in Zimbabwe, whose purpose is to serve God by teaching people how to produce their own food and get out of poverty. Their key values are 1. Faithful stewardship of the land and 2. Giving unselfishly in order to receive.

COOKING: South Africa ranks in the top 20 countries worldwide in terms of undernutrition. The negative effects of under-nutrition entrench poverty and inequality. Children who are undernourished perform poorly at school, get sick easier and cannot keep up with physical demands.

The main cause of under-nutrition in South Africa is that poor people cannot afford to buy the food they need. Also mothers have little knowledge about nutritional food and often will buy junk food. The produce from the vegetable gardens can feed the family. Extra produce can be preserved and/or used in creative recipes. This opens up new possibilities for economic progress, such as home industries, tea gardens or even selling at markets or stalls.

TOPICS:

LEVEL 1: Module 1: Introduction to vegetable farming; Home gardens – how to start; Vegetable gardens – theory and practice (summer and winter gardens); Staple crops: the maize plot; Compost heap

Module 2: Cooking and preserving: Introduction to Cooking and Food preservation; Basic meals from  your vegetable garden – recipes; Preserving; Baking; Left-overs

LEVEL 2: Module 1: Vegetable gardening (advanced): 1. Establishing commercial gardens/community training gardens: Practical training 3 days at African Blessings: Day 1: Planting vegetable gardens; Day 2: Crop management; pest and disease control; weeding; water and mulch management; continuous plant management; Day 3: Harvest management: rotation planning; plant and crop nutrition.

Module 2: Basic house-keeping: Good nutrition; Healthy cooking; Herbs: cultivation and uses (medication); Hygiene; Cleaning tips.

LEVEL 3: Module 1: Diversifying farming practices: Herbs; Flowers; Chickens; Bee-keeping. Small-scale commercial farming: Markets and marketing; loan structures

Module 2: Looking after your family.

Vegetable garden in Rooiwal, Mokopane
Cooling class in Hammanskraal

OTHER SPECIALISATION MODULES

Recreation and outings:

Recreation: Spirits are lifted, talents are developed, and knowledge and skills are imparted by play, sports, games and educational outings. Some of our groups specialise in arts and crafts; music and drama; in-door games; outdoor games, Christian movies, sports and outings. We aim to develop this subject with drama, music, gospel choirs and Bible quiz tournaments.

Outings: Youths in the rural areas have very little exposure to the outside world. Many of them have never been to a city, visited historical monuments, been at a game reserve or seen the sea. We have been taking youths (especially those that faithfully attended the Democracy Education classes) on outings to the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.

AG Curriculum Level 4: Becoming a presenter

Train persons in specific Amazing Graces subjects/modules to become AG presenters

AG curriculum Level 5: Starting Amazing Graces branches.

What is an NGO (Code of conduct); How to do Fund-raising; How to Organize AG Training  Camps and other events.