Buy-a-Brick campaign 2018: Uplift Lalelani Primary, Ntshongweni
For the past few years, we have been focusing heavily on Early Childhood Development as this is the most important area to get the foundations right for small children to be able to learn and grow to their full potential. We believe that education is the main key to eradicating poverty.
While statistics have proven that the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important as the foundation that shapes children’s future health, happiness, growth, development and learning achievement at school, in the family and community, and in life in general, a growing body of research has found that school facilities can have a profound impact on both teacher and student outcomes. With respect to teachers, school facilities affect teacher recruitment, retention, commitment, and effort. With respect to students, school facilities affect health, behavior, engagement, learning, and growth in achievement. Thus, researchers generally conclude that without adequate facilities and resources, it is extremely difficult to serve large numbers of children with complex needs.
Whilst building Siyanda Crèche in Ntshongweni last year, we spent a substantial amount of time in this community and it became abundantly apparent to us where we needed to focus our next ‘Buy-a-Brick’ campaign as the youngsters at Lalelani Primary, situated just in front of the crèche, ran up the barren field inside the school grounds to wave from the fence and greet us as we and whilst we’ve visited on several occasions with various different outreach projects, our last visit there was a more substantial one – one to see how we could uplift and bring change for these children and we hope you’ll consider helping us to uplift this School with our vision to “make a positive impact” in this community.
On our revisits to our Crèche since opening, it’s been highlighted to us by Queen that they children have been coming over from the Primary school asking for water as the area is severely affected by lack of rain and whilst they have jo-jo tanks, they are not connected.
Whilst there is so much that needs as the structure was built in 1977 an had little to no attention since then apart from Principal Mathe painting the roof – from his own pocket – and the parents trying their best to ‘build on’ the school structure has much that needs work on: from poor ablution facilities, broken windows, water damaged classrooms and a dire need to paint the entire school, to needing a safe and new kitchen container (where they cook for the 677 children one meal everyday).
Where we thought we could start by making a big difference is the following:
- Revamp the 2 Grade R classrooms
- Provide a ‘sports / playing field’ complete with jungle gym / apparatus for the children to benefit from outdoor play
- Renovate their Jo-jo tanks / rain water harvesting systems to provide water on site for the children
- Revamp GRADE R: Following on with our focus on Early Childhood Development, for the children to go from the now fully equipped Siyanda Crèche to barely equipped Grade R at Lalelani, would be more of a set back then a step forward in growth.
Whilst the D.O.E does provide budget for education materials, there is no budget for facilities – what we’d like to do is:-
- Repaint the 2 Grade R classrooms
- Provide new desks and chairs – enough for each of the 94 children to be able to sit
- Provide educational wall charts
- Provide crayons, books, toys
- Outdoor Play Area / Sports field:
Growing up many of us might have been told at some point to go outside and find something to do.
Today, especially in a school setting it seems children are being told less and less to go outside, as they are encouraged to stay inside and study more.
Our children seem to be getting fewer breaks from academics in order to achieve higher scores on testing and to meet standards for achievement. The issue with studying more is that the brain doesn’t have a chance to get a break, and recharge.
In an educational institution, “break” is a time where children should engage in unstructured play, which is not directed by adults, although supervised. “Break”, or just outdoor play time is an opportunity for a child to freely play, or think the way they want to think, and not be directed by an adult or teacher. This type of thinking enables the child to use the brain the way he or she wishes to use it. Children are also physically active during play, and develop social, emotional and cognitive competencies.
Below is the only area the 677 children at Lalelani have to ‘play’. What we’d like to do is:
- Develop a multifunctional Sports field i.e. Netball / Soccer / Basketball
- Install a jungle gym for younger children
- Provide a ‘shaded area’ for the children to sit
- Renovate their rain water harvesting system:
Whilst Lalelani have 2 jo-jo’s on site – they are not geared up for rain water harvesting. In a limited services community that battles water shortages as well as suffers in the dry, hot Summers, installing these jo-jo’s would provide water resources for the children.
The above 3 phases will cost approximately R600 000 and as we’d also like to provide some of the additional items that we would LIKE to be able to action as part of our vision for this School would also include the following:
- Laptop equipment / connectivity for Principal / Educators
- Additional ablution block for the children
- Refurb the existing dilapidate ablution block
- Sports equipment and nets i.e. soccer, netball, basketball
- Supply of 700 plastic bowls, cups, spoons
- New desks / chairs for Grade R classes
- Books, stationery, wall charts
So in total we are wanting to raise a total of R1 000 000 and we would be so grateful if you would like to support our ‘Buy-a-Brick 2018’ campaign! Thanks to the generous support of our community, we currently have approximate R400 000 left to raise to reach this goal!
How you can help:
- Buy-a-Brick for only R10 and help us reach our GOAL
- Share with your network: friends, family, colleagues
- Donate any of the above items, materials or equipment
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