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Celebrating eight years of ECD support in Noupoort

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As the country observed Child Protection Week, hundreds of children from four community early childhood development (ECD) centres around Noupoort in the Nortehrn Cape were brought together to mark eight years of support from the local wind farm.

A recent event in Noupoort brought together hundreds of children from four community ECD centres. Picture: Supplied

AS THE country observed Child Protection Week, hundreds of children from four community early childhood development (ECD) centres around Noupoort in the Northern Cape were brought together to mark eight years of support from the local wind farm.

The event, funded by Noupoort Wind Farm, highlighted the crucial roles of child safety and community development, fostering support through partnerships with local businesses.

Held at Siphiwo Ntsizakalo Stadium, it also served as a reminder that children are the most vulnerable members of society.

Noupoort Wind Farm economic development manager Sandisiwe Mntonintshi explained that the event was organised by Grob and Alex Services, a local women-owned business and the wind farm’s ABCD grant beneficiary.

Mntonintshi said that the event brought together close to 200 children from the four ECD centres.

Another enterprise development grant beneficiary, Sinegugu Security, volunteered child protection services, ensuring the safety of the children throughout the event.

“Child Protection Week is a crucial reminder of the need to safeguard our children’s well-being. Our dedication to this cause is reflected in the ongoing support for community development projects. Through events like these, we aim to foster a community where every child is protected and nurtured,” said Mntonintshi.

The wind farm has supported these ECD centres since its inception in 2016 by providing fundamental training for teachers and funding their NQF Level 5 qualification as ECD practitioners.

“It is a testament to these efforts, offering children a day of joy and safety, while highlighting the significance of National Child Protection Week.”

Mathilda Reid, a Vrolike Vinkies ECD centre teacher, expressed her gratitude towards the event.

“Noupoort Wind Farm organised a memorable party that was entertaining and educational. The safe environment they provided was invaluable and the children had an adventurous, fun-filled day,” said Reid.

Recognised annually from May 28 to June 4, Child Protection Week raises awareness of children’s rights as stated in the South African Constitution and the Children’s Act. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing need to protect children from maltreatment, neglect, abuse, degradation and exploitative labour practices.

A recent event in Noupoort brought together hundreds of children from four community ECD centres. Picture: Supplied

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