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- Community champion and preschool principal, Noxolo Xuma, who recently partnered with the Shoprite Group to improve the lives of the young children in her care.
Shoprite is taking hands with Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres across the country to bring about transformation by enabling the education of the poorest and most vulnerable. Throughout Women’s Month, Africa’s largest food retailer will unveil a number of schools who are benefiting from this programme to empower women at the helm of ECD centres and the communities they serve.
Ndamase Preschool, which was founded by Noxolo in 1995, suffered significant damage to its buildings as a result of two storms that tore through the Mfundisweni region in 2016. The school is situated in the rural Phepheni, some 32 km from Flagstaff in the Eastern Cape.
- Noxolo Xuma
According to the Department of Social Development, 70% of ECD centres in South Africa are not suited to provide the necessary services to young children.
Together with its implementation partner, the Centre for Early Childhood Development (CECD), Shoprite has ensured that the school buildings are not only safe, but that the school is also fitted with a fully functional kitchen.
- Rukea Shaik, spokesperson for CECD
Hunger relief plays a pivotal role in Shoprite’s attempts to transform the communities in which it trades and therefore learners at Ndamase will be provided with meals from the Lunchbox Fund for a year.
The school as well as five surrounding ECDs benefited from teacher and governance training.
She also mentions that the school’s refurbishment has made the community prouder of it.
- Noxolo Xuma