MoP expands services in education

2016-01-27 06:00

OUR country has an ambitious target to provide every child with at least two years of pre-school education before formal schooling begins.
Early Childhood Development (ECD) has been found to have lasting benefits to children, especially vulnerable children and under-resourced communities. However, the target to reach educational goals cannot achieved by the government alone.

NGO’s committed to education and the full development of children are valuable partners in building the nation. No stranger to education objectives is Mother of Peace Illovo, a community for orphaned and vulnerable children.

“We have been running our small ECD centre for seven years and our small primary school is in its third year. Believing that education is the tool to the eradication of poverty, we included skills development initiatives in our programmes.
“This year is an exciting year because we have opened the doors of our primary school to the community of Inkwali. Children from our neighbouring rural community were able to attend our ECD until Grade R where we bid them farewell, but this year they were able to register for Grade 1,” said general manager, Iris Canham.

Mother of Peace has always been about uplifting the community through education, but has been cautious about growing too quickly when funding is still a challenge.
“However, we have a duty to society and we’ve taken a leap of faith. With the community behind us and the support of the greater community, we are positive about this move,” she said.

The Rotary Club of Amanzimtoti has partnered with Mother of Peace Illovo to assist in the development of early childhood development which will start with continuing education and training for the facilitators and/or teachers, both of whom are excited about the venture.

Education challenges in South Africa include poor literacy, numeracy and general attitude to learning, which MoP believe needs to be enhanced in the early years. Teachers in the primary school Grade R to Grade 3 are professional teachers and ECD facilitators and are attending courses to enrich their development.

Costs of running a school are high and MoP relies on individuals and companies for support as it receives no subsidy. It is always in need of stationery, books, art material, volunteers for music coaching and sports equipment for young children.

Current urgent needs are computer screens for the computer lab, Zulu books and donations for general educational needs.
MoP thanks Tanker Services for the cheque donation, Value Logistics for the stationery for Grade 1 to Grade 3, Judy Cuppan for text books, Toyota SA for chairs and computer towers, Peter Court for video material, learning material, books and TV and video machines and to all who have supported it over the years and who continue to do so.

Contact Canham oniris@moth should you wish to assist MoP with its education drive. - Supplied.

MoP relies on individuals and companies for support. It is always in need of stationery, books, art material, volunteers for music coaching and sports equipment for young children

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