Educare transformed

2017-05-02 06:01
The newly renovated building of the Nolufefe Educare Centre in Philippi. Inset: Structurally unsound and unfit for providing education, Nolufefe Educare Centre before the renovations.

The newly renovated building of the Nolufefe Educare Centre in Philippi. Inset: Structurally unsound and unfit for providing education, Nolufefe Educare Centre before the renovations.

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Members of the Rotary Club of Claremont have worked with the Injongo Project to give a children’s centre in Philippi a new face.

The Injongo Project has invested more than R1.4m into Nolufefe Educare Centre renovations to make sure the children are educated in a safe environment. The centre will officially be handed over to the community of Phillipi on Thursday at 10:00 after the six-months long construction that was finalised last month. This came after the centre building was declared structurally unsafe in October last year.

Pumeza Mahobe, Injongo project manager says: “Eighty-nine children had to be moved temporarily to another premises. If it had not been for the Injongo Project, the school would have been permanently closed. Now they have a new school and the teachers are so happy to be teaching here.”

Ian Robertson, president of the Rotary Club of Claremont adds: “We are thrilled that this overhaul means that 110 learners in the Philippi area are already enrolled to receive proper pre-school education at ­Nolufefe.”

He says the renovations were not just about the structural restoration, as the key priority for the Injongo Project is to ensure that the teachers receive proper skills training as part of a holistic approach to improving early childhood development.

Johan Enslin, CEO of Lewis Group, which helped to fund the restoration, says the school has been transformed “like a caterpillar into a butterfly”.

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