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We recently celebrated ten years of partnership with Embo Child Educare Centre (Project Dawn) and Siyajabula Creche (Project Delight), the first two Embo based Pre-Schools to have joined our iThemba Educare Programme in 2012.

Partnership with these two Pre-Schools grew from a shared belief that every child has potential and deserves quality education, especially in the first five years of their life. “It has been 10 wonderful years of partnership! Siyajabula and Embo Child were the first to join our Programme and have made a massive difference to the community over the years by giving children a proper early childhood education,” said Tayla-Anne Goss, Focus on iThemba Team Leader.

The Schools provide a place for children to play, learn and grow and receive healthy, nutritional meals. Principals Buyisiwe Ngongoma of Project Delight and Eunice Mncube of Project Dawn have seen tremendous growth take place in their Schools over the last ten years. “Siyajabula wishes to extend our deepest appreciation for the assistance given to us by Focus on iThemba over the years,” expressed Ngongoma. “When we first partnered with them, my mother who was the principal at the time, knew that this partnership would be an amazing one and she was right.” Our team assists these, and eight other partnering Pre-Schools, by fundraising to send their teachers on accredited ECD training courses and provide ongoing support and mentorship through our ECD Monitor, Busisiwe Khumalo.

This significant milestone of partnership was marked by a small celebration at the Pre-Schools on Tuesday 22 February 2022 where cake and juice was enjoyed by all!

Principal Eunice Mncube (Embo Child) and Team Leader Tayla-Anne Goss (Focus on iThemba) cut the cake.

Tayla-Anne Goss (Focus on iThemba), Buyisiwe Ngongoma (Siyajabula Pre-School Principal) and Elizabeth Ngongoma (Siyajabula Pre-School former Principal)

Children of Siyajabula Pre-School showing excitement at the cutting of the cake.

Celebration at Embo Child Educare Centre

Celebration at Siyajabula Pre-School