New Rainbow ECD up and running

2016-05-03 06:00
 Steve Zimri (chairman of Rainbow ECD), Suzette Little (Mayco member for social development and early childhood development) and Cornelia Musekela (Rainbow ECD principal) explore the new facility. PHOTO: nicole mccain

Steve Zimri (chairman of Rainbow ECD), Suzette Little (Mayco member for social development and early childhood development) and Cornelia Musekela (Rainbow ECD principal) explore the new facility. PHOTO: nicole mccain

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Rainbow Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre has opened its doors to 120 young Masiphumelele pupils.

The R4m facility saw pupils enter their classrooms for the first time last week Tuesday, with the official launch and handover following a week later.

Steve Zimri, chairman of Rainbow ECD Centre says: “The children were so excited – we could not get them to sleep during nap time! It is a great joy for us to move the Rainbow children into this building, knowing that they are the ones who will benefit the most. All the parents have been eagerly awaiting the move into the new premises and this opening is a much anticipated celebration for a new beginning.”

Rainbow ECD cares for children between one and five years old, providing them with a healthy meal each day and age appropriate social and learning opportunities.

The new centre has four spacious and fully furnished classrooms, ablutions, an office and a kitchen as well as two jungle gyms in a play area.

Masicorp was asked to facilitate the introduction of a preschool on the site by the City of Cape Town, but because it did not have the resources to do so at that time, the Rotary Club of Newlands stepped in with funds raised, Masicorp CEO Andrew Smith previously told People’s Post (“Crèche for 120 coming”, 4 August).

PenBev, Medicor Foundation and Heat Pump International partnered with Rotary Club of Newlands to build the centre. Ablutions and a rainwater harvesting system were provided by the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.

The City took ownership of the centre at the launch on Tuesday.

Masiphumelele is classified as one of the most vulnerable communities on the socio-economic status index and the construction of these facilities will provide accessible early childhood development services in an area where there is a very great need, explains Suzette Little, mayoral committee member for social development and early childhood development.

Smith says: “We estimate there are over 4000 children in Masiphumelele between the ages of one and six. It is well-known that this age group is the most important stage for a child’s development but less than half of these children have a place at a registered preschool. There is nothing more important than the education and welfare of children.”

PenBev commercial director, John Joubert, says: “What happens during the early years is crucially important for every child’s future development. The new Rainbow ECD Centre is our 30th brick and mortar Corporate Social Investment project. We are extremely proud of this long-term investment in the lives of many young children living in Masiphumelele.”

The Rainbow ECD Centre is one of two that have been built by private donors in Masiphumelele. The first was constructed by Masicorp at a cost of R2m and is already operational, catering to the development needs of 100 children.

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