The Twin City Foundation was officially established in 2022, thereby formalizing what Twin City has been doing for many years: investing in the education of our stakeholder communities.

The primary area of investment is Early Childhood Development (ECD) - the most crucial and cost-effective time for education interventions. The effect of these interventions might not be immediately tangible, but the future of the children who benefit from these projects will no doubt be filled with more opportunities than before. Within the sphere of ECD, the Foundation has identified three key focus areas, namely: preschool facilities, educational training and stimulation workshops.
Little Warriors Preschool in Groblersdal, Limpopo Plans to renovate an existing structure behind Groblersdal Mall were initiated in 2018. The open-plan structure was subdivided into classrooms, offices, kitchen space and bathrooms. The school officially opened in 2019 and has been a tremendous asset to the community. Currently, they have 8 classrooms, serving 179 children ranging from 6 months to 6 years of age. Apart from this, Little Warriors employs 13 teachers and assistant teachers. Ongoing training and support are provided to the staff as required. Raphuti Preschool in Koedoeskop, Limpopo Construction of 3 new classrooms, a storeroom and office space were completed at the Raphuti Community Preschool in 2022. Renovations were also done on the existing classrooms, hall, office and bathrooms. Since the start of the renovation process, the number of children enrolled at the school has increased by 55%, and it now serves 48 children ages 3 to 5 years. Ongoing support is provided in partnership with Tshepong Children’s Project NPO. Mama Rose Preschool in Hebron, Gauteng Mama Rose’s Preschool received a spectacular upgrade in partnership with Hebron Mall, from 3 informal structures to a fully functioning preschool with 4 classrooms, an office, a storeroom, kitchen, bathrooms and a caretaker apartment. The number of enrolments at the school has tripled since the reopening, currently standing at 137 children ranging from 14 months to 6 years of age. Developing a curriculum tailored for the transition from informal to formal schooling is well underway, with the first quarter’s lesson plans received very well by teachers and children alike. New Life Preschool in Hazyview, Mpumalanga Using a vacant shop within Lowveld Mall, a school was constructed to serve as a new branch of the New Hope school. New Hope has 2 other nursery schools in the surrounding communities and has plans to include a special needs class in the new structure. The school has 6 classrooms and opened in August 2023 with a Grade R class of 33 students. Enrollment for 2024 is well underway. PRESCHOOL FACILITIES
STIMULATION WORKSHOPS Sprouts Programme, Raphuti The Sprouts programme was initiated in the Raphuti community in 2020. Mothers with children 0-3 years of age are invited to attend weekly workshops to receive information on stimulation activities to do with the children at home to assist with holistic development. The programme has become self-sustaining, with three mothers who attended from 2020 now hosting the workshops. They have also committed to doing home visits with mothers who cannot participate in the workshops hosted at the church. To date, 27 mothers have registered to attend the Sprouts workshops. Sprouts Programme, Vryburg The Sprouts programme was initiated in July 2023 in Huhudi, Vryburg, during the development of Mompati Mall. To date, 16 mothers, teachers, and students have registered to attend the biweekly workshops. The workshops hosted here have been adapted slightly to a more urban setting. Most ladies attending the sessions have some background or experience in Early Childhood Development but wish to further their knowledge and learn new activities to benefit their students. These sessions also provide a platform where individuals can ask for advice on educational tools, approaches to discipline and other issues relating to Early Childhood Development.
Training sessions are designed and presented to meet the needs of any of the schools supported by the Twin City Foundation. Topics relevant to communities, new research or specific areas of interest are addressed. Teachers and caregivers from other communities or preschools are also welcomed at the training sessions.
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