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Penreach Asidlaleni Toy Libraries: Addressing inequality in the ECD Sector

by Tia

KABOKWENI – Penreach, a leading non-profit organisation dedicated to improving education in South Africa, recently celebrated the establishment of their 100th Penreach Asidlaleni Toy Library, highlighting the critical role of the informal sector in Early Childhood Development (ECD).

This initiative has been instrumental in providing children from underserved communities with access to quality educational resources and stimulating play experiences. With Penreach’s support, community-based centers, drop-in centers, informal playgroups, and volunteers’ homes are transformed into Toy Libraries – offering a safe haven for children after school and providing essential resources such as toys, a luxury in many informal households.

“Penreach exists to serve the broader community, ensuring that all children can experience excellence in education,” explained Ms. Susanna Oosthuizen, COO of Penreach.

Each Toy Library is equipped with a diverse range of educational toys, books, and learning materials, fostering an engaging environment where children can explore, learn, and grow.

Since its inception, the Asidlaleni Toy Libraries have had a transformative impact on thousands of children, nurturing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. By promoting the significance of play-based learning, Penreach aims to bridge educational disparities and empower children to reach their full potential.

“Reaching our 100th Toy Library is a significant milestone, signifying a momentous achievement in our mission to empower children through play and early childhood development. It represents the culmination of our dedication to early childhood development and our commitment to providing children with the tools they need to succeed. We are immensely grateful to our partners, supporters, and the communities we serve for their unwavering support in making this achievement possible,” said Ms. Johanri de Jager, Penreach Communication Manager.

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