North of Ceres on the R303, below the Koue Bokkeveld mountain catchment area, lies the small rural town of Prince Alfred Hamlet. In South Africa, establishing informal settlements such as Prince Alfred requires that the community is environmentally and socially sustainable given that the land provided is often isolated from basic services. The community is then left to make optimal use of minimal, make-shift structures and services in the informal community, and basic amenities such as a library are not considered a priority need.
In ensuring that every young child that BabbelBekkies pre-school cares for is proactively integrated into the educational system, the provision of a reading room facilitates a meaningful foundation and improves the transition into primary school. In turn establishing a community of future leaders that are well empowered.
The reading room will be securely placed within the pre-school grounds were 36 children are enrolled and 25 children are already on the waiting list. The reading room could be opened up for use by other children within the informal settlement, thereby ensuring optimal use of the facility and providing a meaningful service to the community.