#AdvancingChangeMoments: ECD Mookogopong – Meet Maria

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In our second installment of our #AdvancingChangeMoments we feature an amazing woman whom we have been working with for over a year now in Mookgopong, in the Limpopo province.

We have created this feature so to showcase and tell some of the stories of the people who work tirelessly to make our South Africa great.

Meet Maria….

Maria is the principle of the Ramadimetja Sophia Mogotlane Early Development Centre in Mookgophong where approximately 24,000 people currently live .

For 8 years now she has been working in an area where more than 17% of ECD centres in South Africa are operated from a house or a garage, and 10% operate from a shack.

The need for facilities and infrastructure for the approximately 9500 ECD centres nationwide, registered and unregistered, is something that Maria has to overcome on a daily basis.

This Early Development Centre was deployed just over a year ago; before that Maria and her teachers were operating for a small shack with minimal space.

There was not enough teachers and food which was an extremely challenging environment, both for the educators to be able to do their job and of course for the children.

The first 1000 days of a child’s life, is a time in which their ability to learn, grow and thrive can be profoundly affected by the quality of the health, nutrition and education they receive.

This is a key moment in their lives which Maria recognises.

Maria currently has 105 children at her centre. Making sure that the children in her centre receive good nutrition is very important; previously children were undernourished and weak. She now has a structured food menu providing the children with their daily nutrition.

“The centre has made a big impact on our children from where we were last year and the community loves it; this centre is for the community. Here in Mookgopong there are not enough ECD centres and we need more as there are many children that have to stay at home while their parents work.”

The Ramadimetja Sophia Mogotlane Early Development Centre is doing incredibly well and Maria and the teachers are playing a major role in the lives of the children.  They have a very bright future and we can’t wait to see how their story unfolds.

To find out more about the amazing work Maria is doing watch the below video.

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