Centre will thrive after donation

2015-12-16 06:00
THE Boseretse Early Learning Centre in Ga-Morona was surprised when they received a big donation of learning material.

THE Boseretse Early Learning Centre in Ga-Morona was surprised when they received a big donation of learning material.

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THE adoption process of the Boresetse Early Learning Centre in Ga-Morona, Kuruman, was sealed on Tuesday (08/12) when the Public Servants Association of South Africa (PSA) handed over donated material worth R114 900 to the centre.

That is after the PSA responded to a call by the National Development Agency (NDA) to adopt an early childhood development (ECD) centre in support of the ­Adopt-an-ECD campaign, launched by the social development minister, Bathabile Dlamini, in 2013.

The donation included a mobile ­structure for learning purposes, outdoor play equipment, as well as requirements for a vegetable garden that will be ­established at the beginning of 2016 through the Food Garden Foundation (FGF).

The intervention was made after research has shown that a child that attends an ECD programme will do better in school.

PSA offered assistance because of the NDA’s inability to support all ECDs and because it needed the partnership of other organisations.

According to Lesego Ranchu from NDA, the donation was in response to the needs of the centre which has been operating from a semi-complete two-roomed corrugated structure that was built through contributions of parents.

The roofing material was donated by the local owner of Bagaphadima Sand Mining.

Ranchu added that the centre employs three practitioners who work with 31 children.

Lesedi Piki, provincial manager of the NDA in the Northern Cape, also revealed that the NDA is engaged in talks with the Department of Social Development to facilitate the registration of the centre as a partial care facility.

“The Adopt-an-ECD campaign seeks to break intergenerational poverty cycles in communities such as Ga-Morona,” Piki said.

He explained the value of the materials donated by the PSA.

“There was nothing here. Now there are classes for different age groups to target safety and different learning outcomes.

“The outdoor materials will enhance physical wellness of the children.

“The contribution and efforts made by the community do not go unnoticed.

“In fact, we were encouraged by the very spirit of their willingness to change their own destiny.

“We are here to officially hand over the centre to the community who will continue to nurture the centre to full fruition.

“We are confident this will be achieved,” he concluded.

Kgosi Isaac Sephiri Dioka of Ga-Morona, also pledged to support the centre.

Ivan Fredericks, deputy general manager at the PSA, elaborated that they represent their members in labour matters, but also work hard to improve the service conditions of poor communities.

“We intervene in community building initiatives: We have built libraries, schools, donated hospital incubators and even contributed smaller sized classes such as these ones here today in response to pleas made by our members.

“We are not just a union with a fist.

“We are a union with an open hand, readily reaching out to those in need of us.

“The PSA has placed a big emphasis on children, our future.

“We believe when you open one classroom, you close a prison door and develop brains and building up pride in communities,” said Fredericks.

The NDA donated educational reading and stimulation materials.

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