In the 22 years since, Qaphelani’s popularity has grown, as has the under-5 population in the surrounding area. The one classroom is being shared by two practitioners, each teaching classes of different age groups – not ideal. Ngobese has wanted to improve her infrastructure for years, but money has never been enough.
Qaphelani is now part of SEIS. It’s circa-1996 classroom (above) will be renovated and divided into a kitchen and office space, while a separate 90 sq mt building is being erected as a teaching space and will be able to accommodate an additional 30 children. “This extra space is good because we always have children on a waiting list and no space for them,” says Ngobese.
The centre’s new structure has been designed to be as cost-effective and useful as possible. The new three classroom design, despite having the same floor size as a two classroom design, is cheaper due to the use of removable partitioning instead of solid block walls. To allow as much natural light as possible, each classroom has a door and five windows.
The two pit toilets (above) will be replaced with four flush toilets – including modified facilities for children and people with disabilities.
Water harvesting tanks with stands will replace the tippy taps (left). A new jungle gym will replace the broken playground on the right.