A TOTAL of 40 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres were handed over at a function held in Msinga at eNgcongeni Hall on July 22. The Community Trust together with the mayor of Msinga Municipality, Buyiswa Ngcobo, and Nquthu Municipality officials from Umzinyathi visited five crèches within Msinga as part of the handover ceremony of 40 creches (ECD centres) that were built by Assupol. The crèches were built to ensure that children from rural areas get early education and care as reflected in the National Development Plan. Assupol partnered with the two municipalities to improve the safety and health conditions of ECD centres. According to Assupol Community Trust CEO Dr Vuyelwa Nhlapho, all these ECD centres are now funded by the Department of Social Development as they meet the funding requirements. “Our investment into children’s education was deeply inspired by government, who seek to improve the education system, which is highly emphasised by the National Development Plan,” said Nhlapho. The Msinga Municipality mayor applauded the partnership they have with Assupol and echoed their call to support the ECD centres. “We take pride in having Assupol in our area as they have honoured us with such prestigious crèches for our children’s education. “Our children are our greatest treasure and they are our future. “As local government, we will continue to support future education for our little children,” Ngcobo said.“As Umzinyathi we have a partnership with Assupol. Two municipalities, Msinga and Nquthu, were identified. Assupol then handed over the crèches to the community. “We are pleased to see the wonderful work that Assupol did for these communities,” added Ngcobo. Members of the Assupol Community Trust, which was part of the handover, beamed with pride at being part of an initiative that supports rural communities with ECD centres and look forward to the close monitoring of the facilities to ensure their smooth running.