After a long day at school, children in and around the James Town community come to the library to read. From 3 pm to 4:30 pm, the library is opened to the children each school day. There are storybooks for enjoyment, picture books for their amusement and textbooks for those who want to do further studies. Some of the children who visit the library cannot read. Some come just to look at pictures in books and go home. Others depend on the teachers (volunteers) who assist them in pronouncing difficult words or even end up reading the books to them. SCEF therefore organizes a program called “Reading is Fun” during the long vacation in the summer (August). The aim of this program is to help children with reading difficulties improve their reading skills as well as teach those who don’t know how to read by using fun and interactive methods.
In the afternoons between the hours of 3 and 5 pm each school day, the craft lab is revived by the activities of children under the supervision of volunteers to show forth the products of their imaginative thinking. Children are excited and eager to visit the craft lab each day because they are at liberty to express themselves artistically in ways that seem suitable to them. Using simple tools and materials the children recycle items like plastics, empty paper boxes, polythene bags etc. into playful toys or reusable objects.
Many children in the James Town community are not able to do their assignments because they do not have anyone to assist them or they lack some of the textbooks used at school. Some do not even understand what the homework entails; children bring their assignments after school to the classroom where they are assisted. Some concepts that they could not grasp during class lessons are explained better to them.
The wide space at the premises of SCEF provides a wide play area for children to engage in different physical activities and games. Out there, the children are engaged in play-based learning methodology also known as play with purpose which is adopted from Right To Play. The games are not just played for the fun of it but are rather used to teach the children many instrumental lessons. Through games, children from different backgrounds, with different conditions and with different personalities interact with each other. In this way the children learn the value of teamwork because some games involve the children working with each other. The children also learn basic things like colors, shapes and numbers through some games which improves their performances in their various classes. In addition to learning about teamwork, the children learn other values like fairness, tolerance, equity, trust and truthfulness. Children with physical challenges are not left out as the games played are disability inclusive. Some games played allow the children without disabilities to play with those who do and experience what they go through and this makes them appreciate their colleagues better. At the end of everything the children share whatever it is they have learnt. In essence, the games build the children, not only physically; but also mentally and socially.