Little graduates celebrate a life of school ahead

2016-11-17 06:00
 Some of the children who graduated at Lidinga PHOTO: sara sarafina

Some of the children who graduated at Lidinga PHOTO: sara sarafina

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Lidinga Educare Centre in Philippi held a graduation ceremony for their Pre-grade R children over the weekend.

The tots were paraded through the streets of the area to give encouragement and instil pride for their future.

The event was also a means to draw on parents to show interest in the education of their children.

The centre was established in 2005. Lidinga Educare Centre teacher Lucinda Noboza, 25, told the children’s parents during the ceremony that the eight graduates have been disciplined and were ready for the task ahead, as next year, they will be starting in Grade 1 at a public school for the first time.

Certificates to honour the graduates were presented.

Much to their delight, the children presented songs and dance moves they have been taught throughout the year.

Dressed in black and white outfits and accompanied by a band, the graduates seemed to know they were the guest honours at the event, but were shy as they paraded in the streets.

During her motivational speech, Lidinga Educare Centre Principal, Jeanette Noboza, 54, acknowledged the part parents play in keeping their children neat and disciplined, and ensuring that they attend school.

She also mentioned that parents should continue to keep their children looking presentable. Noboza said the centre started with small numbers of children and when the numbers grew, she resigned from her job and worked full time in the pre-school.

“It was not easy at first, but after meeting principals from other pre-schools, we shared ideas,” she said. Philippi Educare Forum chairperson Rina Qanga said the forum was helping educare centres to support themselves.

“Parents need to come onboard and assist our pre-schools because they are not funded by the government,” she said.

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