The suburb I grew up in, sitting comfortably between Joburg and Pretoria, always had a heartwarming community vibe about the things that happened around us. And from the time I was old enough to start noticing things, like what school I went to, I noticed the start of Lethabong Preschool in the nearby community of Phomolong.
As I grew to love the facts and friends and freedom that going to school gave me, I also learnt that not everyone had the same education privileges I did. Today, I firmly believe that investing in good education is one of the best things we can do for the future of our beautiful country. And I want everyone to love delving into a good book as much as I do.
About 10 years ago, my mom became the treasurer at Lethabong Preschool. This is just an official title for someone who steps in to help wherever she is needed, and so I’ve grown closer to the school now than I used to be when I lived near it. But for many of those years, I’ve heard my mom talk about funding problems the school has faced, and a school-wide wish to be able to increase the salaries for dedicated teachers who have not seen a raise in a long time.
So I decided it was time to turn to the South African internet community for help.
What is Lethabong Preschool?
Lethabong Preschool started with a goal of providing childcare and early education to the children of the nearby community of Phomolong in Irene, near Pretoria. The school has been going for almost 20 years and consists of four classes and 65 students ranging from 2 – 6 years old in the 2016 class. These groups are led by four dedicated teachers who have been at the school for many years.
Teachers focus on fine motor skills, creativity and group play, with the daily storytime before lunch proving to be a highlight for the kids.
Resources are often stretched and the future sometimes uncertain. The kind teachers who come to support the young learners every day have been doing so without a raise for many years due to scarce funds always at risk of drying up completely.
Lethabong wants to continue laying a strong educational foundation for this community’s future, and with your help, we’ll be able to continue putting young minds on the right path!
But why is early education even important?
The future success of every child is in many ways determined before they turn eight. During those early years, how that child learns and develops — mentally, emotionally and socially — is critical. This isn’t a theory. It’s a fact, based on decades of research on the positive effects of quality early-learning experiences on children’s lives.
Children learn more quickly during their early years than at any other time in life. They need love and nurturing to develop a sense of trust and security that turns into confidence as they grow.
We want to help prepare these children to succeed to their potential.
So what are we doing about it?
When I heard that there were families at Lethabong who struggle to pay the small school fee (R400 per month), I thought we could help our community.
There are seven learners: Amukelani, Kabelo, Mufarowashe, Neo, Rando, Sphamandla, and Enathi, whose school fees I’d like to raise money to pay, so that they can be assured a solid start in life — something everyone in our country deserves.
I’d like to keep this scholarship idea going, so if you can make a regular monthly donation, that would be incredible! (Any donation at all is amazing though.)
If 10 people donate R50 each month, we’d be able to fund one child’s schooling. (I could do some more maths here, but I think you get the point that it’s pretty easy to make a difference.) If we can reach a few more people than that, I have no doubt we’ll be able to change some bright schoolkids’ lives.
How can I help this project?
There are two ways you can show your support:
- Make a donation: if just 10 people donate R50 each month, we’ll fund one child’s schooling. To fund schooling for all 7 learners for one year, we need to raise R33 600. Whether you can help with a monthly donation or a once-off gift, we still think you’re doing something extra special! Click here to donate now.
- Share this drive with all your friends: we need to get a lot of eyes and clicks behind this to get these learners the support they need, so please help us spread the word. Click here to share on Facebook, here to post a tweet, and here to send an email to your friends.
On behalf of Amukelani, Kabelo, Mufarowashe, Neo, Rando, Sphamandla, and Enathi, thank you!