The new school year is 4 weeks old and the Ibhabhathane Community Centre is bursting at its seams with tiny bundles of explosive energy, We've had so many applications this year that for the first time ever we actually have a waiting list!
And this is great news because the increase in applications is a good indicator that our rural, parent community is beginning to realise the role Early Years Education can play during this critical stage of human development and that the call will bring our government departments to realise that we need more centres or home-base care that can assist in the developmental needs of our young children.
Our programmes are in full swing. We had magnificient story telling during the first of our X-generational meetings where the youngest and oldest of the community come together and share cultural stories and songs on a weekly basis.
The nutrition programme is crammed with delicious and nutritious meals and snacktime is of course the favourite part of the day. It gives us much joy to be able to provide these meals because most of our children come from poor homes where a daily meal consists of a bowl of porridge or a sandwich.
Staff development looks very promising as well. The Department of Education and Rodes Universaty is launching an Early Years Practitioners Programme next month which will increase our staff's capacity considerably.
This year one of our big dreams is to build a climbing and clambering apparatus for our school that will assist our children in their physical development and to put up a fence around our new school premises, to keep little people and balls from rolling/running down the road! Please join the Ibhabhbathane Community Centre On Facebook.
And we want to thank you because without you, none of the above would be happening.
We thank you for your compassion, the time you take to give and the change you are bringing to our world.
Our sincere thanks
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Eastern Cape Region,