This year, Breadline Africa continued its collaboration with The Unlimited Child: in September, 10 new container classrooms and one container kitchen were placed at Tender Loving Care Crèche, Bhekinkosi Crèche, Jerry Becks Pre-school, Maranatha Crèche, Jubilee Crèche, Imbaliyezwe Crèche, and Ukuthula Crèche. These seven facilities are located in the KwaNdengezi, Inanda, Umlazi and KwaXimba areas of KwaZulu Natal, all severely impoverished communities that lack basic facilities and which are plagued by high rates of violence, crime, unemployment rates and poverty.
The classrooms were handed over to the principals of the seven pre-schools at a special gathering that took place at the Head Office of The Unlimited Child, in Hillcrest, Durban.
Diane Laugksch, Breadline Africa’s Strategic Partnership Manager explains that “in terms of the partnership established with The Unlimited Child in 2017, these seven pre-schools will now have access to early childhood development practitioner training, educational toys and resources, as well as post-training support.
“Such support is critically important to ensure that the pre-schools have the capacity to deliver a quality early learning and stimulation programme that supports childrens’ transition into formal schooling. Importantly, the improved classroom facilities provided by Breadline Africa address an important infrastructure compliance criteria that continues to challenge many pre-schools. In South Africa, the reality is that the vast majority of pre-schools operate from unsafe facilities with many being unable to provide adequate heating, ventilation, sanitation and cooking facilities. Through its work, Breadline Africa is able to make an important and significant contribution to the early learning environments and take these pre-schools one step closer to registration and access to systemic government funding, which contributes to their long-term sustainability.”
The Unlimited Child programme is fully compliant in terms of the norms and standards for early learning programme registration. The ten classrooms handed over in September bring the number of pre-schools supported through the Breadline Africa/Unlimited Child partnership to 33. In total, The Unlimited Child oversees 2,835 pre-schools.
The Principals expressed their thanks to Breadline Africa’s donors who have made this possible. A total of 602 children aged six months to five years will make use of these new classrooms.