Posted by Lesley Barmania on Aug 12, 2016
This multi-club joint project will provide a  combined model preschool and hands-on teacher training centre for children from Khayalethu, a rural disadvantaged area of Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.  The project will renovate three existing buildings in the township, and provide fully-equipped learning facilities for the preschool /teacher training centre.  An estimated 120 preschool children up to the age of 7, and 40 preschool teachers will benefit each year from this project.  It is conservatively estimated that each group of 40 teachers will provide pre-school care and education to 1,450 children each year.  The children will receive basic literacy and numeracy skills, pre-school care and nutrition.
• Host Club – Rotary Club of Knysna
• International Sponsor – Rotary Club of Mississauga Meadowvale
• International Sponsor Clubs
–RC Bolton
–RC Burlington Lakeshore
–RC Oakville Trafalgar
–RC Oakville West
–RC Palgrave
• Cooperating Partner – Knysna Education Trust (KET)
• Project Cost - $78,095 USD
• Projected completion date – February/March 2017
How will our project address these needs?
  • The 5000 sq. ft. donated buildings will:
    • accommodate 120 children / year
    • enable the training of a minimum of 40 teachers / year
    • who would (conservatively) educate 1,450 children / year
    • minimum life of the centre 20 years
The project will:
  • Provide 5 classrooms, a kitchen, a training room, a sick room and a principal's office.
  • Enable teachers to apply best teaching practices in a model preschool environment.
  • Allow teachers to learn from a highly qualified and experienced educator.
  • Service providers for refurbishment and materials will be sourced from the local community.
  • Education equipment amounting to R75,000 ($5,576 USD) will be funded by KET.