Centres bring kids to day of play

2017-04-27 06:00
Councillor Monde Nqulwana with educare staff and pupils during the ECD Tournament in OR Thambo. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Councillor Monde Nqulwana with educare staff and pupils during the ECD Tournament in OR Thambo. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Tuesday was all play and no sleep for toddlers from 13 educare centres when they took part in an Early Child Development tournament held in Khayelitsha.

The games, hosted by Ward 89 Councillor Monde Nqulwana at the OR Thambo Hall in Mew Way, saw ECDs competing in soccer, tug-o-war, rope skipping and athletics with the ever conspicuous jumping castle lurking in the background for the mother of all fun.

Nqulwana said that he felt it was time that Early Child Development Centres were drawn in and given the necessary attention.

“The majority of these crèches come from impoverished areas and because they operate in shack structures, they don’t receive the financial support from the government. So today is about highlighting these centres,” said Nqulwana.

He said that only 19 centres were invited but only 13 were able to make it to the event and said that it was the beginning of a relationship that will benefit all in future.

“Ward 89 has adopted a culture of celebrating our rich and diverse cultural values and identities.

Since the 2015/16 financial year, the community has come together during the Ward Public Participation Processes in the ward allocation budget pointing to the need to nurture and provide opportunities.

In our annual budgeting process the community identified a need to have activities relating to our diverse community, we have had senior citizens event, we have had event s for the disabled members in our community and programs for the youth and women,” he explained.

He added that they have also spent about R20000 to buy exercise equipment for the centres where people can come and train.

“The majority of these centres are from the informal settlement and they are usually small and children don’t have much room to play.

So we will have them come over and have a great time and we will also be hosting their graduation ceremony here at the end of the year,” he said.

Noluvuko Masembathe, principal of Zakhele Educare Centre in BM Section said that she really enjoyed the day and was grateful to see their centres being given priority.

“We are really excited to be here, the children love every moment. It is wonderful to know that despite our challenges of lack of support by social development, there is someone that gives us support,” she said.

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