Our Programmes

 

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 price.

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 reporting.

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 money.

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 community service.

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 sustainable.

 
     
 
       
 
     
     
 

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