Early Childhood Development (ECD) is receiving a boost from Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and Khobab Wind Farm. A number of support initiatives are being implemented at Loerievinkie Crèche and Loeriesfontein Primary School’s Grade R classes.
Programmes include a teacher enrichment programme that incorporates workshops, mentoring and support; ECD governance training for the management committee of the early childhood development centre; a community outreach programme on the importance of early childhood development as well as the provision of educational equipment.
Training in the use of equipment and on-site support is offered to ensure that the children and teachers can maximise the benefits of the additional educational materials. Equipment will include: numeracy, literacy and life skills material; manipulative and construction equipment to enhance children’s motor skills; educational posters; art equipment; outdoors equipment- lockers, mattresses, blankets, tables, chairs, equipped book corner, toy cupboard, first aid kits and safety equipment amongst other items.
Kevin Foster, Project Manager of Khobab Wind Farm commented, “It is a well-known fact that children who receive quality early childhood development education make better socio-economic progress in life.”
“Quality early childhood education is fundamental to social and economic welfare and it is a step in the right direction in addressing the inequalities that exists in our community,” said Christo Loots, Project Manager of Loeriesfontein Wind Farm.
Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and Khobab Wind Farm support social programmes, aimed at addressing poverty related problems in the area, which run parallel to the various education and skills development. During 2017, the education and skills development programmes focus on capacity building and job creation in order to help local community members to achieve sustainable living standards.