Early Childhood Development facilities in under-privileged areas have been particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 induced lockdown. The schools tend to be relatively informally constituted and therefore have been unable to access the government initiatives to lessen the impact of the lockdown, such as the TERS fund implemented by the UIF. With schools closed and many parents out of work, school fees are not being paid so that teachers and other employees at the schools are not receiving salaries.
As we move into Lockdown Level 3 with most people returning to work, the situation for ECD’s is little changed, as reported in this article on Daily Maverick:
Starting Chance is involved in supporting 30 schools in the Mfuleni area, and these facilities have all been affected in this way.
On this page you’ll find links to some letters we have shared with our supporters regarding our response in this crisis situation. We invite you to join us in this response. As of the time of writing (2 June) we are looking for people to help in 3 ways:
- “Adopt a teacher” Campaign – in May we paid R1,000 to each teacher in the schools with whom we work, and we anticipate having to do this again in June – you can help by “adopting a teacher” which entails sponsoring the subsidy. (Of course, we realise R1,000 is a lot of money, but any amount you can give would be appreciated.)
- Personal Protective Equipment – Help us to provide equipment and support for when the schools re-open. We have costed the requirements at approximately R4,500 to R6,500 per school depending on the number of children and staff.
- Spread the word – please share the campaign with friends, colleagues and organisations and encourage them to “adopt a teacher” or support us to purchase the necessary PPE.