Thanks to the generosity of the patrons of Shelly Centre on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, Network Action Group and Breadline Africa, Zenzeleni Crèche now has a brand-new 30m2 brick and mortar classroom!

The structure was officially handed over at an event held on Thursday, 18 October 2019.

Zenzeleni was established in 1992 and is one of the larger Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres in the Ugu District in KwaZulu-Natal. In 2018, Zenzeleni Crèche was named ‘Best ECD Centre’ in the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality and received a mayoral award. It is very ably run by Matilda Ngobo, a long-standing member of the Network Action Group, which provides training and mentoring support to more than 300 ECD practitioners working in rural communities.

Zenzeleni is sought out as a ‘centre of choice’ by many parents living in the area and when Breadline Africa was first approached (in 2016) to provide much-needed additional classroom space, the centre was operating from an old building; delivering its early learning programme to 85 children from just one large classroom.

The brand-new classroom makes it possible for the 100 children who are currently enrolled, to be split into smaller groups for more effective teaching and learning to take place. The funding raised by Shelly Centre was generated through their ‘we care you care” initiative, where reusable shopping bags were sold to shoppers .

This is only the second brick and mortar classroom that Breadline Africa has built and the first with Network Action Group (NAG). NAG is a non-profit organisation based in Port Shepstone, who share the same passion as Breadline Africa in addressing the high levels of inequality in South Africa through early childhood development, “ensuring children are given a fair start in life”.

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