On Saturday the 16th of November, 5 early childhood development centres from Kathorus joined hands and graduated 75 children. The organisation formed a forum called BIG 5, taken from 5 South African big animals. They did this under the slogan ” ALONE YOU ARE SMART, TOGETHER WE ARE BRILLIANT”
The five NPO centres are Diepollo Early Learning Centre which is based at Roodekop, Thanduxolo day care in Katlehong, Hope day care and Pre-school at Thokoza, Happy Valley day care and Pre-school in Vosloorus and Inkululeko day care and Pre-school in Katlehong.
“We came together to form the BIG 5 with the aim of helping each other to produce better developed and qualified practitioners,” said Zephania Msimang, Chairman of Diepollo Early Learning Centre and deputy chairperson of the BIG 5 organizing committee.
“The NPO centres have been on a journey together for years and the graduation was graced by the presence of business people and officials from the department of Social development services,” said Msimang.
“Our children were transported from various centres in Limousine cars. Alberton came to a standstill as they convoy through the Alberton City with Diepollo centre up front in a Hummer Limousine.”
According to Msimang, on arrival at the hall all 75 children in matching clothes, grand matched to the hall which was filled by parents. The children were followed by an Academic procession in their regalia who filled up the stage. This was to motivate children and everyone in the hall who needed motivation.
“It was tears of joy, ululations and whistles as the children were each by names to the stage to receive their blessings and certificates.”
One of the speakers of the day thanked the parents and emphasized the importance of ECD program, as emphasized by the minister of education Mr Panyaza Lusufi. She recalled the olden days where children would be left with grandmothers and not attend day cares.
After the graduation both parents and children were treated to a delicious lunch at the hall.
The BIG 5 organizing committee extends a word of gratitude to all who made lunch possible and they say should anyone want to contact any of the centres the contact numbers are.
Diepollo Learning Centre
Happy Valley 0732549449
Hope day care 0732240737
Inkululeko day care 0767349818
Thanduxolo day care 0767349819