Brak en Jan is a non-profit organisation in Raithby, Stellenbosch near Cape Town, that provides pre-school education and care to underprivileged children aged between two and six years. As a result, they are well prepared for primary school. By providing the children with valuable skills and by boosting their self-esteem and self-confidence, they are well-equipped to face the future.
In a little town called Raithby, in Cape Town, South Africa I had the lucky opportunity to meet a very special group of people with the biggest heart i’ve ever seen. I arrived thinking it was a creche for little children.. And I left knowing it was much more: IT WAS A FAMILY.
You are the kids, teachers, friends, doctors, second mothers. Nourishing the children even though some times is hard, you know its worth it!
This creche has been possible thanks to the vision, energy and commitment from Mearle Hendricks and her team, and the empowerment and generous support from our sponsors.
-Helena Gimeno Personal Reflections
BENEFITS OF PRESCHOOLS
- Preschool is an opportunity for growth.
- Preschool prepares children for school.
- Preschool promotes social and emotional development.
- The preschool environment is structured.
- Children get to make choices.
- Children learn to take care of themselves and others.
- Preschool promotes language and cognitive skills.
- Preschool teachers nurture a child’s curiosity.
- Preschool activities boost pre-math and literacy skills.
- Preschool helps develop motor skills.
Brak en Jan is a school in Raithby Nr Stellenbosch that focuses on Early Childhood Development and gives vital education to children between the ages of 2 and 6. As a result, they are better prepared for primary school than their peers who did not attend Brak en Jan. The goal of the program is simple: reduce poverty by equipping underprivileged children with valuable skills.
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