Upliftment projectd for pre-schools in Northern Drakensberg
The Cavern Berg Resort has a long history of providing aid to schools, crèches and the communities in the Amazizi area and this has further developed as the Khanyisela Project,with assistance/donations from other resorts in the area, resort guests, friends, businesses and donors. We believe that the long-term prosperity of our area and our country is linked to the prosperity of the people, and that upliftment is linked to education. To enlighten the children with a sound foundation in learning is, we feel, the best way to achieve this objective.
In 1994 the Cavern, with assistance from Eskom, built the Sivuleleni Pre-School. Other pre-schools in the area approached us for assistance and now nine other schools are benefiting from our involvement. Most of these schools also provide a crèche facility where necessary.
The main areas we assist in are:
1)Teacher training. It is vital that the ladies teaching the children have some formal training in early childhood development. Therefore we raise funds to send them on Early Childhood Development courses.
2)There are approximately 350 children in the 10 pre-schools we assist and we supply fortified nutritional porridge so that each and every child receives a serving each day.
3)Over the last two years we nave built two small schools to replace the small inadequate rondavels being used as school buildings. There are two more schools we still need to build. We also assist with the general maintenance of the existing schools.
4)We raise funds for and collect donations of general pre-school stationary and educational toys and puzzles for issuing to the pre-schools.
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