ECD students from False Bay TVET College make a difference

Nestled in the heart of Khayelitsha is the Khumbulani Health, Education and Resource Centre.
Khumbulani was initiated in 2000 by nine women from Khayelitsha, initially to take action against the consequences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The Director, Gloria Bebeza, is currently completing her Diploma in Early Childhood Development at False Bay TVET College, Khayelitsha Campus.

Gloria started out using her two-bedroomed house to care for 160 HIV/AIDS infected or affected children. She combined her childcare facility with a soup kitchen to provide hot meals to 350 members of the community affected by the pandemic.
With the help of investors and sponsors, Gloria was able to open an ECD centre which stands three stories high in the heart of Khayelitsha. There are two accredited Grade R classes and the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has identified the centre as a best practice site.

Gloria cares for over 200 children and her services include the educare centre, aftercare facilities for children and youth aged 6 to 24, a psycho-social support group for children and youth at risk, a vegetable garden and computer training classes. Khumbulani is also a place of refuge in emergencies.

Gloria has encouraged her employees to complete their formal qualifications in ECD. False Bay TVET College offers Levels 1, 4 and 5 ECD training as well as the National Certificate in Educare. All the teachers at Khumbulani are either enrolled at False Bay TVET College or have already completed their studies in various levels of ECD training.
To find out more about Khumbulani or to get involved, please contact Marelize Minnaar at marelize.minnaar@falsebay.org.za.

Other news: Two Khayelitsha ECD Level 5 Diploma students won awards in the provincial round of the National Development Agency’s South African ECD Awards: Nosipho Ralarala was selected as the BEST ECD PRACTITIONER IN THE WESTERN CAPE, and Nondumiso Manoti won third place for the BEST ECD SITE.

The national awards took place in Johannesburg between 6-10 March 2017.

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Caption: Nadia Anthony (lecturer), Nondumiso Manoti, Nosipho Ralarala, Gloria Bebeza and Marelize Minnaar.