Early childhood development ( doesn’t always take place in a classroom sometimes it’s in a home and sometimes it’s in a rather unique location.
Ideally pre-school activities should take place in a properly equipped facility, but when resources are constrained, the famous South African creativity comes to the fore! The Emthonjeni Project is a special intervention that mostly takes place outdoors, near the communal taps in the informal settlements. This is great for local moms, who are able to complete their daily chores and keep an eye on their little ones, but it means that Emthonjeni is at the mercy of the elements. The children are not able to participate in educational activities if it is raining.
Thanks to the generosity of the HomeChoice Development Trust, the project now has a weatherproof ‘home’ in the form of two converted shipping container classrooms and a combination kitchen/storeroom.
Local ward councillor, Mr Monde Nqulwana expressed his gratitude to the HomeChoice Development Trust and Breadline Africa for the great effort that they have made to ensure that the children are safe and are properly prepared for ‘big school’. He added that it is a great relief for working parents and those who are seeking work to know that their children are being properly cared for during the day.
Mr Mdebuka Mtwazi, Executive Director of Sikhula Sonke Early Childhood Development, also thanked the HomeChoice Development Trust and Breadline Africa for their commitment to the project and urged the local community to look after the structures. He added that the community has committed to raising funds to place fencing around the centre.
“Breadline Africa’s Finance Manager, Jaco de Kock, congratulated the team at Sikhula Sonke on setting up the Emthonjeni Centre and wished them well for the future. He added: “We believe that by supporting this initiative, we protect the children of this community and create a safe space for them to learn to become the next generation of leaders in South Africa.”