Kuyasa Educare Centre celebrated World Toilet Day in when they launched not just a beautiful new 60m² prefabricated classroom for the Grade R class, but also a converted shipping container toilet facility. Both were funded through the generosity of Breadline Africa’s individual donors, and supported by RICTS, a local company.
Guests were welcomed by Ms Nomandlovu Mzileni and Ms Iminathi Manquina, whose daughter attends Kuyasa Educare Centre, thanked Breadline Africa for the new structures. She said that when she was looking for an ECD centre to enrol her child, she searched for a facility that would meet the interest of her child and prepare her for school, and she found it in Kuyasa, even though the physical infrastructure needed work. She added that she was delighted to see the difference that the new classroom and toilet have made to the centre.
Mr Themba Gushman, the husband of the principal, Mrs Sizwekaze Gushman, thanked everyone for their support of his wife and for helping to make the centre so successful. Mrs Gushman added her thanks to Breadline Africa, as the children are now in a safe, neater and more secure structural environment which is more spacious and has great ventilation. The teachers are able to display educational material more clearly and interact with the children. Mrs Gushman further thanked Breadline Africa for the brand-new toilets – a huge improvement on the previous facilities. She explained that the teachers are already showing the children how to use the hand basins to wash their hands and how to flush the toilets. The children were all smiles as they were taken on a guided tour of their new toilets, fitted with five toilet cubicles for the young ones, an adult toilet for staff and three hand basins. Mrs Gushman also thanked Jody Mans from RICTS, who have undertaken additional refurbishments to the centre, and provided refreshments for the children.
Mrs Edna Titus of Breadline Africa congratulated the centre on its dedicated staff. She said that as educators, they have the rewarding task of providing an educational foundation for the children in their care and the newly placed facilities will enhance this.
Mrs Titus also explained that World Toilet Day is celebrated on 19th November every year, drawing attention to the fact that 4.5 billion people around the world still do not have access to safe sanitation. Ms Titus wished all the staff well on their challenging journey of educating, nurturing and coaching the little ones.