PATRIZIA Child Care Western Cape, South Africa
„At the Educare Centres, children from educationally deprived backgrounds receive quality education in keeping with their current age.”
Janine Egger, steward of the PATRIZIA Child Care Western Cape, South Africa
In 2018 and 2019, child and youth services at the facility switched to mobile, off-site services. Since 2020, our local partner has continued providing its long-term and educationally beneficial services in other locations through three Educare Centres in the Western Cape region. These are called Agape, Graceland and Thembani. The focus at the three centres lies in nursery-level education.
Between them, they care for more than 140 children aged three to five. All live in extremely poor areas, with few community services to speak of and only very limited access to education. At the Educare Centres, the children receive the best possible support for their pre-school development. They also receive three meals a day.
How specifically the coronavirus relief fund helps in South Africa
Thanks to monetary support provided by the relief fund, Corona Fund Education Healthcare, the Thembalitsha Foundation has been able to hand out food vouchers to the families of children during the months that the centres were closed. The PATRIZIA Foundation also helped the Educare Centres with top-ups on fixed costs so they could pay staff salaries despite the closures.
In addition, the coronavirus relief fund was able to pay for learning materials for the children to help them learn at home. To reach out to as many children as possible, materials were prepared for different age groups and provided in the children’s mother tongues.
The Educare Centres reopened their doors in early September 2020 under the government’s strict Covid-19 restrictions. The measures are supported by the PATRIZIA Foundation and they have made it possible for the children to receive an education again while still observing distancing requirements and hygiene rules.
Ashlyn’s tale of happiness
Ashlyn’s tale of happiness began when, at the age of three, she was taken in by Graceland, the oldest of the three Educare Centres belonging to PATRIZIA Child Care Western Cape. At the centre, she was supported in her pre-school development. Her teacher at the time, Elizabeth Solomans, is now director of the facility. Ashlyn is now a grown-up herself and has become a teacher – at the very same school she attended as a child! She has been working at the centre for five years. The kids love her and it’s not hard to see how passionate she is about her everyday work.
Malia’s tale of happiness
Malia* first came to the Agape Educare Centre at PATRIZIA Child Care Western Cape when she was only ten months old. She was given loving attention at the centre and received support in her early childhood development until she entered primary school. She was always a quiet child but was considered self-confident by her classmates, always doing her schoolwork as expected and like all children, she loved to play. Playful learning is important at the centre. In Agape, the ability of children to learn in the first six years of life is promoted through a holistic method that places emphasis on children’s physical, emotional and psychological well-being.
In the meantime, Malia is in year two of a state-approved private elementary school, which is only possible because her father has set money aside for her schooling every month since she was born. Malia is happy at the school. She has made many friends and is delighted that she can learn something new every day. Her favourite subject is maths, but she also likes handwriting and games, especially netball and swimming. In fact she has already won prizes for her sporting pursuits, as well as an award for outstanding achievements in mathematics. Her dream is to be a paediatrician one day. She can’t wait to be in year four, because then she will finally have lessons on science topics.