Toddlers instrumental in educare room

2020-02-11 06:01
Aziza Ebrahim (right), principal of Jumpstart Pre-School and Educare Centre, and Mark Kleinschmidt, councillor for ward 60, is here with the staff of the Little Paradise Educare Room. They are from left: Charlene Athony the principal, Virginia Jacobs (assistant), Arnyda Matthys (teacher), Katrina Matthys (cleaner).

Aziza Ebrahim (right), principal of Jumpstart Pre-School and Educare Centre, and Mark Kleinschmidt, councillor for ward 60, is here with the staff of the Little Paradise Educare Room. They are from left: Charlene Athony the principal, Virginia Jacobs (assistant), Arnyda Matthys (teacher), Katrina Matthys (cleaner).

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When two toddlers, aged three and five from Flamingo Heights informal settlement, arrived at Jumpstart Pre-school and Educare in Kenwyn two years ago, they never knew they would be instrumental in helping their area establish a new educare room.

“When they arrived at Jumpstart they could only speak Afrikaans and their parents wanted a better chance in school for them. No early childhood development (ECD) centre in the area wanted to accept them because they come from an ‘informal settlement’ and were Afrikaans-speaking and I enrolled them with us. At Jumpstart our motto stands firm: every child deserves an education,” says Aziza Ebrahim, principal at the school.

“Both children thrived, conversed fluently in English, became confident and made an impact on all of us. Mark Kleinschmidt, councillor for ward 60, is witness to this. It bothered me immensely, knowing that there are so many children in Flamingo Heights, who ought to benefit from an education. I approached Kleinschmidt, who okayed the idea and in December, I made the commitment,” Ebrahim says.

“After calling a meeting with the women in Flamingo Heights, we started the Little Paradise Educare Room and they were eager to help spring clean, paint, mop, fix, sort and set up a stimulating environment for the children.

“The mothers and fathers were so helpful, because they understood that we want only the best for them!”

To date, they have an up-and-running educare with eight children, a principal, a cook and a cleaner at the Little Paradise Educare Room in Flamingo Heights.

“Everything my Jumpstart Educare children experience, my Little Paradise children will have too.

“We had a Lilliput production at Jumpstart in Kenwyn and they were also present. Their thank you’s were so heart-warming.” Currently Jumpstart, in conjunction with Kleinschmidt, are looking for sponsors to help repair the roof at Little Paradise.

“The roof is full of holes, which need to be replaced. They need weekly or monthly groceries, basic food like maize, rice, bread, margarine and other toppings.”

She adds that the educare room grew and learners from Athwood, Morgenson and Portia primary schools now also want a safe haven to do their homework at the aftercare facility. “They are also hungry and must be fed and supervised.”

She believes Jumpstart can make it work, they will make it work and must make it work.

“The sun shines for everyone and there is no discrimination. If you want to donate, feel free to contact me,” she says.

V Contact Aziza Ebrahim on 021 797 8595 or email jumpstart@vodamail.co.za.

When two toddlers, aged three and five from Flamingo Heights informal settlement, arrived at Jumpstart Pre-school and Educare in Kenwyn two years ago, they never knew they would be instrumental in helping their area establish a new educare room.

“When they arrived at Jumpstart they could only speak Afrikaans and their parents wanted a better chance in school for them. No early childhood development (ECD) centre in the area wanted to accept them because they come from an ‘informal settlement’ and were Afrikaans-speaking and I enrolled them with us. At Jumpstart our motto stands firm: every child deserves an education,” says Aziza Ebrahim, principal at the school.

“Both children thrived, conversed fluently in English, became confident and made an impact on all of us. Mark Kleinschmidt, councillor for ward 60, is witness to this. It bothered me immensely, knowing that there are so many children in Flamingo Heights, who ought to benefit from an education. I approached Kleinschmidt, who okayed the idea and in December, I made the commitment,” Ebrahim says.

“After calling a meeting with the women in Flamingo Heights, we started the Little Paradise Educare Room and they were eager to help spring clean, paint, mop, fix, sort and set up a stimulating environment for the children. The mothers and fathers were so helpful, because they understood that we want only the best for them!”

To date, they have an up-and-running educare with eight children, a principal, a cook and a cleaner at the Little Paradise Educare Room in Flamingo Heights.

“Everything my Jumpstart Educare children experience, my Little Paradise children will have too.

“We had a Lilliput production at Jumpstart in Kenwyn and they were also present. Their thank you’s were so heart-warming.” Currently Jumpstart, in conjunction with Kleinschmidt, are looking for sponsors to help repair the roof at Little Paradise.

“The roof is full of holes, which need to be replaced. They need weekly or monthly groceries, basic food like maize, rice, bread, margarine and other toppings.”

She adds that the educare room grew and learners from Athwood, Morgenson and Portia primary schools now also want a safe haven to do their homework at the aftercare facility. “They are also hungry and must be fed and supervised.”

She believes Jumpstart can make it work, they will make it work and must make it work. “The sun shines for everyone and there is no discrimination. If you want to donate, feel free to contact me,” she says.

V Contact Aziza Ebrahim on 021 797 8595 or email jumpstart@vodamail.co.za.

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