Vernon and Desireé (pseudonyms) live in Yeoville; are Grade R pupils at Johanna Malan Early Childhood Development Centre (JMECDC) and their future, along with that of 19 other pre-schoolers, hangs in the balance at the school. The 21 pre-schoolers are in arrears with their school fees. Many of these children are from homes where one or both parents are unemployed and at times they have to prioritise household costs- “Do we buy a loaf of bread or pay the school fees?”
The school stand to lose a total of R 108 154.00 this year due to unpaid school fees. Every parent is obliged to contribute towards their child’s school fees. Their contribution can range from R50 – R1 000 per month, which would cover the entire cost. Some cannot even afford the subsidised fees. To alleviate the pressure, the school has R 25 000 in fee sponsorship for six children, provided by Abraham Kriel Bambanani.
Desireé is one of the six who receive sponsorship. Desireé is coping well and is exceeding expectations in terms of her grades. Her mother is a street vendor and she and her younger sister Beauty (pseudonym) would have had to spend their days on the street corner with their mother if they could not attend school. Unfortunately, Beauty, also a pre-schooler, did not receive sponsorship, but she has been allowed to attend school and we’re hoping someone can help by sponsoring her fees.
Vernon has been at JMECDC since 2017. Vernon’s parents have always been able to pay school fees in the past. His father owns a construction and building company and his mother is unemployed. But his dad became very ill last year. He was diagnosed with kidney failure and the family faces rising medical expenses, dialysis and a need for a kidney transplant. Vernon’s dad was unable to work and his business suffered. “The family has defaulted on school fees and because we know the family and their circumstances, we allowed Vernon to continue in school”, Betsie Momsen – school principal.
A good educational foundation is vital for a young child’s growth and development. The Johanna Malan Early Childhood Development Centre provides such a foundation with formal pre-school education for 100+ children aged between 2-7 years, annually.
Vernon, Beauty and their school mates need YOU to help them complete their Grade R year. You can sponsor a pre-schooler for R1000 pm (R10 000 per child / per year) or financially contribute any amount of your choosing towards the running of the school such as maintenance, educational toys & equipment, stationery, food, outings, etc.
Should you be able to help, please contact: