Maya Angelou, author and poet, said: “Any book that helps a child form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continued needs, is good for him”.
With this in mind, Standard Bank Group donated “edutainers” to five schools in different parts of South Africa. This week we visited Masifunde Day Care Centre in Diphini Location in Mooiplaas, Eastern Cape provine, to hand over one of the edutainers
Edutainers, which is what containers repurposed as classrooms are being called, are fulfilling a vital part in many areas of South Africa where facilities are lacking. For many learners edutainers have moved the classroom from under a shed or tree into a more comfortable environment.
The creation of these much-needed learning facilities are an expression of Standard Bank Group’s commitment to the development of future talent in South Africa.
There are 45 children at Masifunde Day Care Centre who will reap the benefits of the edutainer. The centre’s governing body expressed hope that the edutainer would be a stepping stone in the journey of education for the children of the area and that one day it would allow them the opportunity to go to university.
The other edutainers donated by Standard Bank Group went to: Masifunde Day Care Centre in Diphini Location in Mooiplaas, Eastern Cape province; Monde Day Care Centre in Nxarhuni, Eastern Cape province; and Nowaka ECD Centre in AmaJingqi, near Willowvale in Eastern Cape province. The fifth is to be used as a library at the Three2Six School in Observatory, Johannesburg, Gauteng province.
The latest deliveries have brought the number of The Bright Kid Foundation edutainers throughout South Africa to a massive 244 classrooms – enough to accommodate over 6 000 children. The transformation of the containers to edutainers is done to a very high standard: they are insulated against heat and cold, have electric light and plug points, have fire extinguishers, and come complete with enough educational toys, furniture and equipment to accommodate 25 young learners at a time.
The edutainers were installed at the schools in partnership with The Bright Kid Foundation, a South African non-profit organisation that specialises in transforming containers into bright, airy, safe, and exciting places of learning.
This donation formed part of Standard Bank Group’s celebration of 20 years of democracy in South Africa.