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Ikhwezi which means ‘Morning Star’

is a pre-school  for underprivileged children  in the Xolanaledi Township in Grabouw in the Western Cape

The RDP house on the plot has been converted into ablution facilities and a kitchen for the children and staff. In 2015, it was renovated to provide a separate entrance for the toilets. The kitchen now also has a separate external entrance. This was made possible by funds donated by the Wright Memorial Trust.190166_194198690711689_14659846_n

Besides the RDP house, the premises comprise a forty foot container which has been converted to create a classroom for Grade00 as well as an office for the Principal. A Zinculum classroom was built on the property in 2015 with the help of the Kolping Society of South Africa. This houses the second Grade R class.

The original school grounds are too small to accommodate all the pupils, who in 2015 numbered 83. This grew to 100 in 2016, and now in 2017 the school provides tuition and nutrition to 110 children. As a result, two classrooms were relocated to the adjoining community land which has been leased and developed. A fence has been erected around the property, which includes a playground. In 2016 a new Prefab Classroom was added to this adjoining community land which encroached on the play area, so that an area to the West of the school has been fenced off and is being developed as the new playground.

The original school grounds are too small to accommodate all the pupils, who in 2015 numbered 83.  In 2016, the school plans to admit 100 pupils.  As a result, two classrooms have been relocated to the adjoining community land which has been leased and developed. A fence has been erected around the property, which includes a playground.

There are five teachers including the Principal the Grade R teacher has a SETA, Early Childhood Development NQF Level 5 qualification.

A cooked meal is provided to each child every day and a cook is employed for this task.

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