Solar plant gives support to ECD

2016-05-18 06:00
FROM the left are, front: Jean April (Department of Education); back: Beauty Seranyane (Department of Education), Elias Louw (Droogfontein Solar Power) and Nomsa Lephoi (Department of Education).

FROM the left are, front: Jean April (Department of Education); back: Beauty Seranyane (Department of Education), Elias Louw (Droogfontein Solar Power) and Nomsa Lephoi (Department of Education).

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REPRESENTATIVES of the Department of Education, with a group of local Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners, visited the Droogfontein Solar Power Plant as part of the solar plant’s community engagement programme and its partnership with the department.

Droogfontein Solar Power has funded a three-year bursary programme, which is implemented in partnership with the department, spending over R580 000 on the ECD programme over the last two years.

The ECD practitioners were identified by the department and the programme is aimed at improving the quality of education provided to children attending crèches in the Riverton, Ritchie, Barkly-West and Kimberley areas.

Basie Mathane, the director of the General Education and Training (GET) curriculum of the Northern Cape Department of Education, said: “The department is encouraged by the role that Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power play in working with the department to provide quality education to the most needy.

“The influence and impact of this partnership can only lay a strong foundation for improved learner outcomes in the participating schools.”

This collaboration is in line with Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga’s wish that together we must strive to lay a solid foundation.

“The funding covers the cost of 20 ECD gr. R practitioners’ bursaries to study for a diploma in ECD NQF Level 6 at the North-West University.

“We were delighted to welcome the practitioners and representatives of the department, as their involvement and support is key to our various school and crèche programmes,” said Mpho Makhetha, plant manager of Droogfontein Solar Power.

The Droogfontein Solar Power funding has allowed the department to increase the number of practitioners who are upgrading their skills from 130 to 180.

“We believe that education is a shared duty and the responsibility not only of government, but also of civil society and that children should be developed, especially during their early years of development, making ECD support critical,” added Makhetha.

Mathane further said: “Droogfontein Solar Power and De Aar Solar Power recently announced funding of an additional intervention in the literacy programme.

“They are funding a programme called SpellIt, which runs Spelling Bees in foundation phase classes in ten of the local primary schools.”

The Reading Coach programme and the ongoing ECD bursary programme are part of Droogfontein’s commitment and support of local education as part of their socio-economic development initiatives.

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