A COMMUNITY enrichment centre, valued at R700 000, was opened in Mthwalume last Thursday.The Thanda Resource Centre is the brainchild of an organisation, Thanda, which was established in 2008 and was already providing over 900 people in Mthwalume with early childhood development, organic farming and after-school educational programmes.Co-founder and progamme director Tyler Howard said the centre was made possible by the South African Muslim Charitable Trust. “The Thanda Resource Centre is a place where we can recognise the power of knowledge and make learning more accessible to everyone. “Contrary to the usual ‘sit and listen’ teaching methodology used in most educational systems, Thanda facilitators use hands-on activities and interactive discussions to engage children in the learning process,” said Howard. Abdul Osman from South African Muslim Charitable Trust said the fact that many rural schools suffered from inadequate infrastructure and resources was a great tragedy. “A sound education is the tool necessary for growth, development and success in life. Knowledge gained through education unlocks entrepreneurial and employment opportunities which provide the financial wherewithal to enjoy quality of life,” said Osman, adding that education was a means to escaping the poverty trap.Osman said South African Muslim Charitable Trust supported “needy organisations” operating in four primary sectors including health, social development, poverty alleviation and education. - Supplied.