The Educational Support program reaches out to the community of Khayelitsha, located in the Cape Town area. The community of Khayelitsha often experiences difficulties and barriers to progress including inadequate housing and land, insufficient service provision, limited access to and/or poor quality health care, high unemployment rates, and a number of challenges associated to education and skill development at all ages. These ongoing struggles reflect the disparities that were created between people under the Apartheid regime.
Thousands of residents in these communities do not have access to basic utilities such as water, sewage, electricity or health care. Due to limited resources, schools in these communities greatly struggle to provide children with the resources they need to succeed in their educational career.
The low standard of living in these communities too often means that families and schools are unable to provide children with the adequate tools they need to aid in their physical and mental development. Many children in these communities do not have access to age-appropriate toys and tools to ultimately enable their short and long term development.
Schools aim to equip its students with a safe and nurturing learning environment that will help children to grow and develop into intelligent adults and give them hope for a bright future as an educated individual. Unfortunately due to the nature of the community, these facilities struggle financially and need additional support to provide the children with the resources they need to enrich their education.
We have been assisting Kuyasa with providing support and aid for the children’s development as they prepare for primary school. The preschool lost registration at the start of the year due to changing building regulations. The preschool funded the construction of new classrooms to help get registration back. The classrooms were close to completion when the storm damaged them, meaning the principal has been set back to the beginning. Without registration and subsequent funding, children in the area will not receive quality ECD support and thus opportunities to gain entry to primary schools may be compromised.
We want to create safe and secure learning environment for the children at the school by completing a list of necessary renovations.
Long Term: to ultimately register the school as an educational government facility. As a registered school, the facility will become eligible for government funding which will further improve the children’s education and increase their sustainability. When children’s development is supported at a young age, they are well-equipped for their schooling career. Evidence indicates that success in early years translates into success in higher levels of education.
Khayelitsha is a partially informal township in Western Cape, South Africa. Located in the Cape Flats area in the City of Cape Town, Khayelitsha means ‘New Home’ in Xhosa. It is noted to be the largest and fastest growing township in South Africa. Today Khayelitsha has an estimated official population of over 500,000 people but the unofficial number counts just under two million people including informal settlement areas as well. The ethnic makeup of Khayelitsha consists mainly of Black African residents, who predominantly speak Xhosa. Khayelitsha has a very young population with over 40% of residents being under the age of 19. As with other settlement communities, residents in Khayelitsha have limited access to basic utilities such as water, sewage, electricity and health care.
Over the years we have worked with a number of Early Childhood Development Centres and seen them become registered and more independent. We started working with Kuyasa in September 2016. In June 2017 we are now busy with renovations following from the Cape storm damage.