Lukhanyiso Pre-school, located in Motherwell, just 28 kilometres outside of Port Elizabeth CBD, is home to 60 children aged 2-6 years. For the better part of the day, the pre-school was bustling with esteemed guests, parents and Motherwell NU12 community members. What was to be a minor event was in no time transformed into a massive ceremony.
The pre-school was not only celebrating the four newly donated containers, but the astounding partnerships that have developed over the years. Represented today was the Department of Social Development, Rural Development, the local Councillor, a teacher from the nearby primary school, representatives from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), and the School Governing Body of the pre-school.
Not so long ago, the pre-school used a shack as a classroom and a dilapidated 6 meter container for the very young children. Increased enrolment forced the Pre-school owner, Ms Zodwa Plaatjie, to look for an alternative and larger facility to run the school. It is at this point that she made contact with Breadline Africa, approximately two years ago.
Zodwa’s can-do attitude, her commitment, her resilience, and selflessness have resulted in the advancements and achievements in her immediate neighbourhood. This sentiment was recognised and reiterated by the Reverend who opened the session with prayer, the Master of Ceremonies and Mr Sandile Mpepo from the NMMU. Through the Social Development Department at NMMU, several students have raised funds for a 12 meter container that is currently being used by the Grade R learners; in addition, they raised funds for a fence that now secures the property where all 5 containers are placed.
In this community where unemployment is high, crime is the order of the day and hopes and dreams are non-existing, it was the wish of all guest speakers that Lukhanyiso, which means “brightness” in Xhosa, will live up to its name – become the beaming light of hope for the community.
It was truly astonishing to see the level of appreciation and support the pre-school received from the community. It is the wish of Breadline Africa that the very same community will take further responsibility for ensuring a sustainable and worthy foundation of knowledge of the children towards a brighter future.