HSBC supports Makana Pre-School
29 October 2012
Every day Makana Pre-School in Grahamstown is a fun and safe place for the forty children whose lives are far from easy. They live in HIV-affected homes and the entrenched poverty, due to the highest unemployment rate in the region impacts on the youngest in the community. These children are, however, luckier than many of their friends because they attend Makana Pre-School where here is always a listening ear, a helping hand and a welcoming smile.
All the needs of the children at Makana Pre-School are funded by HSBC including school fees, nutritional meals, fresh fruit and milk for mid-morning snacks and transport costs for the Rhodes University volunteer students who visit the school twice a week as teaching assistants.
“Early Childhood Development is an important programme established by The Raphael Centre, the leading HIV/AIDS prevention and care organisation in Grahamstown, and the aim is to improve the lives of young children through early education and to prepare them for Primary School.”Nondumiso Pinyana, the Raphael Centre’s Early Childhood Development Coordinator.
The skills, patience and knowledge of Head Teacher Neliswa Gqozo and her colleagues will enable these young learners to progress to Primary School. Neliswa was trained at The Centre for Social Development which, for thirty years has been the leading organisation for training, supporting and monitoring practitioners in their National Diploma NQF Levels 4 and 5. The Centre for Social Development also advises communities throughout the Eastern Cape on establishing pre-primary and primary schools. Their approach involves engaging with families and the community to bring about genuine and lasting change for young children.