Delight was expressed by the staff and children of the newly-revamped Bokamoso Educare Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in Stilwater near Kimberley on Wednesday (20/09).The sight of the outdoor equipment, play areas and the vegetable garden caused much excitement among the youngsters.most heartwarming part on the scene was the beneficiaries joy at the sight of the, which are the favourite parts amongst the youngsters.This ECD centre is on the list of the fifteen local ECD establishments to benefit from Droogfontein Solar Power’s refurbishment programme. The revamps will be done over a three-year period,It will be rolled-out over a period of three years in line with the Solar Farm’s commitment to provide teacher bursary programmes, skills training for improved education centre management and teacher mentorship programmes.According to Droogfontein Solar Power, the upgrades include redesigning the kitchen, classrooms and bathrooms, as well as upgrading the building to better equip the centre for providing and a wholly upgraded building that is modern and better equipped to provide quality services to the young children in the community. An office and a sick bay area has been added for the principal to accommodate sick children. The centre was also given the appropriate learning materials and outdoor equipment that compliments early childhood development enhancement training. All of which form part of Droogfontein Solar Power’s social development programme. “Investment in the development, care and protection of children’s needs is a priority,” says Mark Pickering, general manager of Droogfontein Solar Power.“It is our vision to ensure that ECD centres move from being day-care facilities to being centres of education and development that are sustainable and can offer the best possible care.”Droogfontein Solar Power pledges to commit towards funding ECD programmes in partnership with the Department of Education.It also includes management and mentorship support for the centre managers and the renovation and refurbishment of at least two crèches per annum. “In this year, we have upgraded the Bokamoso Educare and the Mickeys Kids Day-Care Centre,” says Pickering. “Our support extends to improving curriculums and better equipping teachers, principals and governing body members. This education programme aims to improve the early learning opportunities for some 800 children. “We provide all our beneficiary ECD centres with educational resources, as well as the critical skills and training needed to ensure that the resources are used effectively,” says Pickering. The participating Early Childhood Development Centres supported include: Goitlamela ECD, Hulahoop Preschool, Mateleng ECD, Holpan Day Care Centre, Waterworks Primary School, Galeshewe Educare Centre, St Boniface Preschool, El Shaddai ECD, Shalom Day Care Centre, Redirile Creche, Roodepan ECD, Sivuyile ECD Centre, Lesedi Day Care Centre, Helen Joseph Primary, Longlands ECD, Little Flower Educare, Leseding ECD Centre, Tlhokomelo Day Care Centre, Tlhalefang Day Care Centre, Mickey’s Kids Day Care.