Justicia Mpumalanga Happy Home Preschool
The Happy Homes project is an initiative launched by Growing Up Africa to improve early education in the village community of Justica, on the outskirts of Singita Sabi Sands, South Africa. The preschool is an attempt to surmount substandard childhood education and overcome lacklustre development in such communities.
The Happy Homes preschool’s main aim is to improve early education standards in rural areas of South Africa, and thereby encouraging and empowering the people of those communities to take ownership and independence of their children’s early development.
This is done is a manner where resources and funding are provided, in partnership with communities, in a way that is conducive to long-term sustainability and conservation, and conducive to creating a multi-generational legacy of learning.
Building school buildings is not enough for successful change to be made. And with that in mind, the Happy Homes project represents what we feel is the most constructive and fruitful way to combat extreme poverty, staggering unemployment, and substandard early education.
That goal is achieved through the very principles that Growing Up Africa and Happy Homes were founded on: partnership, collaboration, mutual understanding, and respect.
The school fills a desperate need to provide essential early childhood education to rural youngsters, and what began as a distressing problem has become a shining example of what hard work, compassion, and teamwork can achieve.
“What Growing Up Africa has done is so wonderful. It is encouraging us, as teachers, to come and work each and every day. When I finished my matric, I was lost. I didn’t have anywhere to go. But I found Happy Homes, and Happy Homes has found us. So because of Growing Up Africa, I have more energy to come here and work, and when I wake up in the morning and I know I am going work. May God bless you.”
Oupa Mabuza – Teacher & Venda University Student