New class for Khanyisa

2019-12-19 06:00
Khanyisa Educare Centre principal Boniswa Mxhakaza and Breadline Africa’s Programme Manager Melanie Jackson during the hand over of the new classroom.

Khanyisa Educare Centre principal Boniswa Mxhakaza and Breadline Africa’s Programme Manager Melanie Jackson during the hand over of the new classroom.

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A crèche in Khayelitsha has received a much-needed boost for next year’s intake.

Khanyisa Educare Centre, in Makhaza, officially opened a new classroom for its Grade R learners on Thursday 12 December.

The centre is home to over 100 children and it is hoped that the container, donated by Breadline Africa, will ease congestion.

Breadline provides initiatives and infrastructure to support childhood development in Southern Africa.

Principal Boniswa Mxhakaza said because of the demand and the overcrowding they were experiencing she decided to expand.

“I applied to Breadline Africa in 2017 for them to help me get a new classroom for our Grade Rs,” she said.

Mxhakaza said in the past they had to turn away a lot of children because they did not have enough space. She said even though this new classroom will help them in a huge way they would love to have another one for the infants because they also have a waiting list. “This classroom will help a lot, not just us but the community as well because parents can now bring their children as space is available,” she said.

Despite the new classroom, Mxhakaza is appealing for desks and equipment for children to use.

Mxhakaza said she is grateful to Breadline for heeding her call.

Breadline’s programme manager Puleng Phooko said the centre was in need of a new classroom because they had to teach children from different classes in the same space. This led to a lot of noise and confusion.

She said they needed a separate classroom for Grade R.

Phooko said they provided the centre with two jointly made shipping containers.

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