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In the early 2000’s, Zola Mpemvane went to London. She’s from a rural Eastern Cape location and this was her first time abroad. For a while, she worked with the elderly, assisting them in going about their days in a dignified way. Mostly, she learned kindness, patience and empathy.
When she got back to Sigubudwini, she knew she needed to plough all of that experience back into her community.
In September of 2009 she established Zwelivelile Early Childhood Development Centre. Her main focus? Reducing the enormous amount of Eastern Cape children who can’t read or write and making a dent in the province’s alarming school dropout rate.
And boy has she.
Schools from all around let her know what a difference her centre is making in the development of its students. Because of her and her team of 3, Sigubudwini’s children arrive in Grade R having already built a stable foundation. Because of the immense importance Zola puts on literacy and sustained learning, some of her previous students have skipped Grade R entirely and gone straight from her centre to school.
Because the area is incredibly poor, the team asks parents for a mere R50 per month, but even that amount proves to be too difficult to raise for a lot of the parents, a lot of the time. The Department of Social Development helps out by paying them a quarterly grant for 35 of the children, but it isn’t nearly enough.
As things stand, the team of four split a stipend meant for two people between them. Zola also worries about the lack of stimulating resources the centre has, and welcomes donations of educational equipment that might help her students soar.
Photographer: Johannes Zvigo from Linc Media Studios | Voice Artist: Nicholate Ngongoshe | Writer: Ané Breytenbach
Type of Cause:Children and Youth, Development, ECD, Education, Literacy