36m² prefab classroom
3 February 2023
No of children
• Nompumelelo Educare Centre opened in 1998 with 10 children, and in 2012, current Principal Xoliswa Mangiya took over the care of 50 children between the ages of two and six. Xoliswa found that she was running out of space to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the little ones and appealed for a second classroom, allowing her to separate the Grade R learners preparing for ‘big school’ and offer them individualised attention.
• The 36m² prefabricated classroom was made possible by donors Daemon Solutions and Hyve Events, with support from Kathy Gogarty, Anton Heese and Stowe Family Law LLP.
• Principal, Xoliswa Mangiya said: “We started with just a few children in a shack because we saw there was a need for us to start a pre-school, children were walking around in the streets and we wanted to give them a safe space to stay while their parents were at work. As our numbers grew, we applied to Breadline Africa for a separate classroom for the Grade R children. Now we have this beautiful classroom for them. I don’t have words to say, but I am glad and I say thank you to Breadline and all the donors.”
• Daemon Solutions representative, Hendri Lategan added his thanks to the team who helped make the classroom a reality and wished the centre and its children everything of the best for the future.
• Breadline Africa’s director, Marion Wagner added: “This ECD centre is one of about 40,000 in South Africa that are run by passionate women who don’t do this for money, they do it to make a difference. Only 30% of children in SA attend any form of early learning programme and the first six formative years of a child’s life are so important. If a child is not school ready, then that child will battle through school. So, the difference that Xoliswa is making with her teachers, supporters from the community and the parents is so incredibly important, and we thank you. Thank you for raising the future leaders of South Africa because its these children who are going to thrive and make a difference to this country and kick-start that economic turnaround that we really need. Thank you to everyone.”
• Long-term, the impact of this infrastructural support is hugely important. In order to qualify for registration as a pre-school (ECD) facility and to receive government funding, Nompumelelo Educare Centre needs to comply with infrastructure safety standards and other set out regulatory norms. Infrastructure always tends to be the largest stumbling block due to costs. The classrooms funded by our incredible donors will help them on the pathway to registration and long-term sustainability.