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Our Programs

 

The Bafenyi Trust believes that all young children have the right to the full development of their potential and assists day care centers that care for, love and educate children under school going age.

1. Dinaledi Program

The Dinaledi Program 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 program and making sure their children receive age-appropriate educational programs. Currently an average of 310 practitioners from more than 119 ECD centers attend these educational workshops on a weekly basis. These workshops are indeed necessary, because most of the practitioners does not have any formal education regarding teaching they rely on the program we give to them. The Dinaledi Program supplies all the practitioners that attend the workshops with the necessary teaching aids to implement the educational programs 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 price.

As part of the Dinaledi Program we facilitate a Mobile Toy Library that consist of more than 100 boxes containing age-appropriate Tswana books, puzzles and other educational toys.

Community Program

We started these groups after realizing the immense need for non-centre based ECD community groups in the community that we serve. Early childhood development is one of the most important building blocks to ensure a better South Africa for all.

We started hosting three separate weekly community groups and an average of 100 children and their parents attend per week. Our ZoŽ Community Groups are non-centre ECD group initiatives that specifically focus on the 80% of children that do not have access to ECD centers. Three times a week two of our community group facilita≠tors walk through the most informal communities of Ikageng and Marikana and gathers the children that do not have access to ECD centers. Additionally, we hand out food and other donations like clothes or toys at the end of the program, since this way we are able to reach the poorest parts of the community and give them a little support.

We also encourage the parents, who are mostly unemployed, to attend the community group with their chil≠dren, where one of our facilitators then presents a Parent Program. This program aims to influence the mind-set of the parents with regards to the way they view the importance of ECD and encourages them to play their part in the stimulation and development of their children. All of these groups are still in the initial phases and we are continually adjusting the programs to make sure that the development taking place is as relevant and sustainable as possible.

 

 
     
 
       
 
     
     
 

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