The Bafenyi Trust believes that all young children have the right to
the full development of their potential and assists day care centres
that care for, love and educate children under school going age.
Bafenyi is the Tswana word for “winners” and the trust works to
create opportunities that equip ECD practitioners and parents with
the necceasry skills and resources to make sure the children in the
vulnerable communities of Ikageng, Promosa, Mohadin and Khuma can
win in life, regardless of their circumstances.
1. Dinaledi Programme
The Dinaledi Programme hosts weekly educational workshops for the
Baby Class (0-2 years), Middle Class (3-5 years) and Grade R Class
(5+ years) which gives Early Childhood Development (ECD)
practitioners practical guidelines in running a high quality ECD
programme and making sure their children receive age-appropriate
educational programmes. Currently an average of 80 practitioners
from more than 55 ECD centres attend these educational workshops on
a weekly basis.
The Dinaledi Programme supplies all the practitioners that attend
the workshops with the necessary teaching aids to implement the
educational programmes in their classes and encourages practitioners
to be resourceful by using the resources that are available to them,
in innovative and creative ways. We also give the practitioners
access to our very own Dinaledi Classroom Resource Kit, wherein we
have compiled a kit with all the necessary classroom resources a
Model Classroom needs. We sell all these resources to them at cost
As part of the Dinaledi Programme with we facilitate a Mobile Toy
Library that consist of more than 100 boxes containing
age-appropriate Tswana books, puzzles and other educational toys.
We also have a Parent Programme that challenges parents’ mind-set
regarding the education of their children while they are still under
school going age and strives to cultivate a community of parents
that know and understand the importance of taking hands with the ECD
practitioners to make sure their children develop and learn in the
ECD centres as well as at home.
Another addition to the Dinaledi Programme is the Stellar Programme.
Stellar is a Wordworks literacy programme that focusses on the
strengthening of Early Language and Literacy in Grade R.
The material for this programme has only been made available in
English and Afrikaans and for that reason the programme has been
introduced into 8 day care centres with a total of 12 practitioners
in the Promosa and Mohadin areas of Potchefstroom, that teach their
children in these languages. During the course of the year, eight
stories are discussed in detail and used in different ways to
enhance the literacy in these day care centres.