Arrival; springtime It was mid-October when I arrived in Centocow again. It was spring which in terms of the weather could mean anything but in terms of Climate Change meant drought. The last rain had been in April. The grass on the fields between the hostel and the...
Sibongile, the Director of Women’s Leadership and Training Programme, Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal, was able to visit us here in Devon for a few days last week. She was visiting the UK as part of the ‘Atlantic Fellows’ program which is based here in...
Thanks to funding from the Simmons Grant Fund administered by the Quakers, Devon-Centocow-Link is pleased to be able to contribute to the funding of an exciting new project for teenage girls in Centocow. Sibongile Mtungwa who grew up in this rural area...
Jane Habermehl an early years specialist teacher made links with a group of schools in Rurual Kwa-Zulu-Natal in September 2001.
The Exmouth Centocow Linking Assoc. was formed on her return and over the years she has shared her knowledge of pre-schools in South Africa and revisited the teachers on several occasions.
Rural Pre-school teachers of the Centocow area need your support.
The aim of my original trip to Centocow in 2001 was to work alongside pre-school teachers, helping them to set up an association which would unite them and give them mutual support and become a force for group training. Each time I visit I learn more about the country and its culture and feel privileged to work alongside these dedicated teachers. The teachers here work on a voluntary basis in very inadequately resources buildings.
In 2001 there were eighteen pre-schools and now their number has swelled to sixty. Working with Zimbili Dlamini, the co-ordinator of the Family Literacy Project we have divided the schools into six clusters by area. Each cluster chose a co-ordinator who would arrange a meeting every six to eight weeks to share resources and support each other, helping each other with funding applications. They would have a smaller transport bill and Zimbili would be a nominal co-ordinator distributing funds for transport and refreshment costs but twice a year calling whole Association meetings for training purposes. The first of these will be in December when a social worker will visit them to advise them on the lengthy and complex bureaucratic process of registration.
Registration does not give the teachers other than a nominal quarterly payment but it does ensure that their provision is adequate in a basic sense and the big bonus is that they receive good food for the children they care for on a daily basis.
One of the exciting developments for Devon Centocow Link since becoming a registered charity is the potential for learning from and engaging with our partner non-profit organisations. This opportunity gives us further scope for assisting in new ventures as well as benefiting our current projects.