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.
2. Kwala (Management and Administrative Support) Programme
The Bafenyi Trust’s Kwala (Management and administrative support)
Programme remains one of the most important parts of the work that
we do. Government and other departments continually expect ECD
centres to report back to them on several different aspects of their
daily activities, but the most of the ECD principals are not
computer literate and do not have access to the necessary computer,
printing and internet facilities.
The MASP programme assists ECD centres in compiling the necessary
documents and reports to apply for government subsidy, NPO
(Non-profit organisation) registration and PBO (Public benefit
organisation) registration. This includes training and support in
centres, specifically with budgeting, financial record keeping and
As the programme realises the need for computer literacy skills in
the day care centres that we serve, one of our DSJW volunteers runs
an 11 session Computer Literacy Programme that equips ECD
practitioners and principals with basic computer skills that help
them to administrate their centres better.
The MASP programme continually strives to train and empower the
practitioners to do most of the administration on their own, as this
will bring them closes to becoming self-sustainable. This makes a
big difference in the centres as things that were always impossible
are now being done by the principals themselves. Tasks like
attendance registers, budgets and graduation certificates are now
being made by the principals themselves which saves them a lot of
3. Diatla Programme
Diatla is the Tswana name for hands and this programme strives to
takehands, be the hands and connect giving hands with the hands that
desperately need help.
Being an organisation that serves in the community, we are
continually approached by corporate companies, student groups and
individuals who want to make a difference.
Most of the time they have different ways in which they want to
better the community and/or invest their skills, money or time, to
help the day care centres in Ikageng and the Diatla Programme
facilitates these networks.
The Diatla Programme also endeavours to raise funds and/or work
withlocal and international schools, student groups and businesses
for the upgrading of day care centre facilities, and often partners
and networks with organisations that want to become involved in
Our relationships and networks in the community give us the
knowledge of knowing exactly where donations could be used to make
sure that the changes that are made are effective, relevant and