We believe education is an even more powerful instrument when provided from a young age as early learning begets later learning and early success breeds later success. Our vision for Akkerdoppies is to tangibly transform the lives of underprivileged children by providing them with a high standard of preschool education in an environment that purposely promotes early childhood development.
In December 2008 we won a public tender to operate on the grounds of A.F. Louw Primary School in Stellenbosch. Since then we have removed the old asbestos building and replaced it with a brand new, refurbished design which specifically suits our pupil's needs. We accommodate children between the ages of 3 months to 6 years. Our intake of children has expanded from 60 to 120 children and our pre-school, consisting of four classes opened in January 2010. We also opened a Grade R class in January 2011.
We have appointed and are also currently training promising individuals from the community as staff members. We have provided the children with playground equipment and educational toys especially designed to educate and promote physical fitness and fun. Nutritious food also ensures the best possible development.
Stephanie Mouton's excellent support team consists of a highly motivated and experienced principal, 8 qualified teachers, a chef, two general cleaners and a caretaker. A speech and occupational therapist will soon be joining the team in order to assist the children with special needs.
The ongoing needs of the crèche include a sponsored bursary system – sponsor a child for R530 per month, and donations of books and toys.
We have a wonderful story to tell:
Fair Cape Dairies have blessed us by training Pat Kumalo to become a fully accredited ABET facilitator. She underwent a strict 2 week training regime at Media Works and came out with flying colors. She now trains learners twice a week at their factory premises. We trust this is the beginning of a long, meaningful relationship with this amazing company and hope to continue with our contribution to empower their staff.
We are currently looking at other avenues through which to uplift and make knowledge available to our communities through basic adult education.