[CAPTION] From left to right: the Forever Educare Centre before and after recent renovations

Learners, parents, teachers and excited members of the local community welcomed Rotarians and members of the Lewis Group to the official re-opening of the Forever Educare Centre in Philippi today, 12 June 2018.

The centre, which cares for and educates 64 young learners, was in desperate need of renovations: the existing buildings were not structurally sound enough to house and educate the pupils. The Injongo Project, managed by Rotary Club of Claremont with financial support from the Lewis Group, invested R 2.2 million in completely overhauling Forever Educare Centre. The existing structures were demolished to make way for four brand new classrooms, and office and medical room, and separate ablution facilities for little ones and adults. Forever Educare also now has a new playground, modern kitchen facilities, and a security gate and driveway which allows for ambulance access if necessary.

“Besides rebuilding and adding to the facilities, we trained and up-skilled the principal and teachers, making Forever Educare a wonderful space that nurtures young children and gives them the best educational start possible,” says President of the Rotary Club of Claremont, Liz Rose.

Forever Educare is the 14th early childhood development (ECD) centre to be physically upgraded and the 58th one to benefit from the Injongo Project, bringing the total amount invested to R 18 million and making Injongo Project one of the biggest of its kind in South Africa. The Injongo Project, now in its sixth year, helps ensure all-round positive experience for little ones that prepares them optimally for primary school. The Injongo Project goes beyond physically transforming ECD facilities and conducting ongoing training of principals and teachers; it also includes research, monitoring and evaluation of the ECD centres across Philippi, with a strong focus on health and safety. This holistic approach is key to the success of the Injongo Project.

“We sincerely believe that through the upgrades and renovations of these educare centres, we have helped to make children and their parents so much happier by providing a safe, appealing learning environment for them,” says Johan Enslin, CEO of Lewis Group.

For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont and the various community projects and initiatives they are involved with, please visit http://claremontrotary.co.za/.

For more information on Lewis Group, please visit http://www.lewisgroup.co.za/.