With its aim of low cost, high impact early education, Singakwenza is helping put the fun back into learning with activities that cost nothing to make.

For a group of three to four year olds in a crèche in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg, MySchool funds have changed school days to fun days! Each month Singakwenza uses its funds to cover the cost of 10 children through its training and mentorship programme.


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Singakwenza, which means ‘we can do it’, aims to provide low cost, high impact health and early education through empowerment programmes to economically-disadvantaged communities, particularly in rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal. 

When trainer Thandeka first arrived at the Imbali crèche, the children had no toys to play with and their carer didn’t have any ideas on how to stimulate the little ones. For most of the day, the children were simply eating or sleeping and sitting quietly. 

On her first day Thandeka brought some activities along for the children, which included sieves made out of yoghurt containers that the children used to “fish” for plastic milk lids; a body image game where the children had to throw a ball made from plastic bread bags through a mouth on a face drawn on the bottom of a beer box; and the first letter of each child’s name cut out of cereal boxes for the children to start learning to recognise their names.

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As well as being a huge success with the children, the practitioner was so excited and amazed at how each of these activities was helping to prepare children for formal schooling.  She couldn’t believe that the things Thandeka had brought had cost nothing and yet the children had loved the activities so much (and were more than ready for nap time). The next day, Thandeka got a phone call from the practitioner to say that all the children were asking if the other “teacher” was coming and bringing more toys for them to play with! 

“MySchool supporters’ generous contributions are changing these little lives forever and we want to say a HUGE thank you to them for their wonderful support!”  says Julie Hay, founder and director of Singakwenza Early Childhood Education.