Tribute to Charmayne Forster

2017-11-15 06:00

A TRIBUTE from her colleagues at Letcee to Charmayne who died on September 18, 2017.

“How do you pay adequate tribute to someone who has such a huge impact on the lives of so many people and who has inspired even more?

From when she started working with us more than 20 years ago, there was no doubt that her passion was for young children, and especially for early childhood development.

From when she started training until she stopped work in December last year Charmayne was committed to improving the quality of the teaching in the creches and preschools and to ensuring children had access to toys and equipment.

She was an incredible mentor having a way of making the complex seem simple and made people believe they could do what was required.

She cared about each person and their family and these traits gave rise to her name Mamkhulu - our aunt.

Like any senior family member, if anyone stepped out of line, she would let you know, in no uncertain terms.

Most of us were on the receiving end of her legendary tongue lashings. Without exception, she would apologise and make right with the person.

Over the years, Charmayne became familiar with the wider ECD landscape. She was extremely knowledgeable about the qualifications and over the years served on both provincial and national bodies developing curricula and setting standards for practitioners..

Charmayne loved to play with children, and another passion of hers was working towards a time when every child has access to toys and educational equipment.

The first toy library conference she attended completely convinced her of the value of toy libraries.

She was determined that Letcee move into this field, and was instrumental in getting the first one established in Mbuba.

Letcee now has five fixed toy libraries and two mobiles. Charmayne also inspired a number of other organisations to establish toy libraries. As a tribute to her, our first mobile has had a facelift, and now proudly bears her name Mamkhulu, a reminder of the incredible legacy Charmayne has left.

We will not, however, need a reminder of Charmayne.

A memory of her is indelibly etched into the heart of all who have had the privilege of knowing her, being trained by her, mentored by her and inspired by her.

Hamba Kahle Mamkhulu.

Rest in peace, and play in perpetuity.”

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