Thuli dropped out of school from Grade 8 when she was 13 years old, she went to help her mum ( a Phakamisa graduate) who was working in a Methodist church creche, and was soon sent to Phakamisa to enrol on our 6 month Child Minder course.
Thuli returned a year later for the Educare course and alongside this she completed her high school credits. Certified by the government to assist at Grade R (pre-school) level Thuli returned to share supervisions at the Methodist creche and alongside work, entered college. Last year Thuli completed her Bachelor's in Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and plans to begin her Honors work in Early Child Psycholoy.
Thuli keeps track of her former students and last year attended awards ceremonies for two of them who where finishing Grade 9. One received Top Student in her class, the other 'Best Learner'.
Thuli says about herself: 'I never thought I could be something good, something perfect to someone else'.
And about Phakamisa: 'It makes the best, out of nothing'.
Phakamisa Educare and Childminder Courses offer
basic practical training for people from dis-advantaged
In this clip of film Elaine one of our Educare Trainers demonstrates to students how to tell the under 3’s a story in an engaging and educational way.
As part of the course students are taught how to make story aids from waste materials – cereal packets, boxes, cartons etc.
‘Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world’ – Nelson Mandela.
Help us educate and change the world.
Phakamisa annually trains 250 educare workers enabling 10,000 children to receive a sound pre-school education.
Phakamisa's wandering teachers provide a free pre-school education to children who live in poverty.