Preschool makeover brings joy

2018-09-19 06:01
Shoprite representatives with staff and pupils of the refurbished Khulakahle Preschool.PHOTO: supplied

Shoprite representatives with staff and pupils of the refurbished Khulakahle Preschool.PHOTO: supplied

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KHULAKAHLE Pre-School in Groutville was the grateful recipients of a full school makeover recently.

In an effort to honour ordinary women performing extraordinary tasks, the Shoprite Group partnered with Buyi Mdinisi, the founder of the early childhood development (ECD) centre to refurbish the school building and playground and provided educational equipment for the pupils.

The pre-school is now benefiting from a school feeding scheme for the very first time.

“Before our children had to bring all meals for the day from home,” said Mdinisi.

According to Mdinisi, Shoprite installed a kitchen at the pre-school and is providing nutritious meals for the pupils through the Lunchbox Fund.

Mdinisi said she had considered closing down the school because running it without support had become a challenge.

However, she persevered and is still going strong today and is in the process of applying to the Department of Social Development for a state subsidy for each of the 21 children in her care.

Shoprite’s implementation partner in this multi-pronged initiative is the Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD), who initially alerted the retailer to Mdinisi’s plight.

“The training offered to the carers and the school principal forms the heart of what we do at these schools,” said operations manager for CECD, Rukea Shaik.

“The teacher’s training is not only for Khulakahle facilitators, we also trained teachers from ten ECDs in the surrounding areas.

“The end result is that the pupils now have access to a safe, stimulating learning environment in which they are able to thrive,” explained Lunga Schoeman, Shoprite’s CSI spokesperson.


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