The proposed Kwalanga Early Childhood Development Centre, situated in KwaThema on the East Rand, is an initiatiative aimed at providing children with good-quality preschool level education and is intended to be a place of safety. It is hoped that the children who attend the centre will go on to succeed in primary and high school. The ECD will play an important role in reducing the vicious cycle of poverty that plagues this community and will help to create prosperity for the community at large.
The Kwalanga Early Childhood Development Centre is scheduled to open in January 2019 with two teachers and an intake of 30 students in the first phase of the project. The classrooms, office, and kitchen will be constructed using a system of containers specially designed for ECD centers. Ablution facilities and play equipment will also be procured.
The Kwalanga ECD Centre forms part of a larger project, the Kwalanga Multi-purpose Community Centre that endeavours to provide educational, recreational, vocational and spiritual services to the community. The facility currently houses a recreational space for children and young adults, community hall, food garden and mosque.