Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 140
It is irresistible, once you have had a proper conversation with her, to liken Rosinah Chabalala to a rose gardener. To begin with, she’s called Rose – Rosinah is too long for her. But then there is also within her a nurturing quality; a tendency to tend to growing things.
And what better growing thing on this Earth to bestow upon a quality like that, than on a human child?
Rose has been working with children for 21 years. She started as a primary school teacher, and while she was wildly successful and in love with her job, she began to notice a pattern through her foundation phase years:
Almost without fail, the children who struggled with behaviour and concentration would be revealed to have either not attended any sort of pre-schooling at all, or had spent their pre-foundation phase years under sub-standard care.
Rose knew why – because parents didn’t have enough money to ensure early learning for their children. So in 2016, on the very first day of Spring, she left behind her public school career for the thing she knew in her heart she had to do: set Mabopane’s babies’ foundations right from the very start.
Rose and her team of eight educate and care for 140 of the Gauteng township’s children. Their routine includes everything from creative arts to motor skills development, and varies for every one of their six classes, which range from an infant class to the Grade R class which is taught by Rose herself.
Rose rents the building that serves as premises for Little Roses Early Learning Centre, and her biggest wish is to be able to secure someplace bigger so that she might be able to take on more students.
Photographer: Japie Thato Pelle from JT PRODUCTIONS | Voice Artist: Noku Katom | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education, Literacy