Creche mothers speak out

2016-05-12 06:00
Nomsa Zihlangu, tresure for UNO, Nomakhwezi Luthuli, acting chairperson and Rina Qanga, the president of UNO during the general meeting at Ntini Church Hall, in Gulethu, on Tuesday.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Nomsa Zihlangu, tresure for UNO, Nomakhwezi Luthuli, acting chairperson and Rina Qanga, the president of UNO during the general meeting at Ntini Church Hall, in Gulethu, on Tuesday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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An organisation aimed at addressing the challenges faced by crèches was revived after it collapsed a few years after it was first launched,.

The event took place in Luyoloville inside the National Baptist Church premises in Gugulethu on Tuesday.

Members of Childhood United in Network Organisation (UNO) gathered at the hall during a general meeting to discuss ways to keep the organisation floating.

Rina Qanga, the president of UNO said they saw a need to revive the organisation as its mission was still far from being accomplished.

“UNO was meant to fighting for us. There are some difficulties that we still work under. We are here to revive it. UNO is meant to be a solid voice to fight for every ECD (Early Childhood Development),” Qanga said.

She said some of the challenges that they are facing are issues of some crèches finding it difficult to be registered, issue of zoning which means crèche owners should register their family houses as centres, crèches are not recognised by government regardless of the important role that they play in education and that government is reluctant in meeting crèches half way.

“We are saying government should be flexible and relax some of the regulations that crèches are having to conted with. We have a great contribution in education, but we are not recognised by government,” she added.

UNO was launched on 9 August 2011.

There were 21 ECDs and 468 crèches, from as far as George, back then and the number has since increased.

Qanga said they are aiming at strengthening the organisation and also expanding it to cover the entire province.

Connie Mase, of UNO said their challenges have badly affected the crèches.

“Centres lose teachers, because of late payments from government.

and we do not no one informs us prior so

There is a lack of communication from government. The issue of zoning is also making most crèche owners uncomfortable, because they do not know what will happen to their house if they zone them and they die. A lot needs to be addressed,” Mase said.

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