Zizamele or, “Just do it” in isiXhosa, Educare center is an Early Childhood Development Center (ECD) located in Site C, Khayelitsha. The government does not cater for ECD (early childhood development) education or the provision of pre-school building. Over a million young children in South Africa receive no pre-school education, which is a catastrophe for the country’s future. Mrs. Mama Nosebenzile Madala started Zizamele Educare in 1995. Mama Bukeka Mandlantse, the daughter Mama Madala, started working at the ECD in 2001 and took over as principal in 2005. With the assistance of cherished partners and donors, Uthando helped transform the pre-school from 3 informal structures into a world-class educational facility. The pre-school is run by three qualified ECD teachers, and together with principal Mama Madala, provides quality pre-school education to over fifty young children. Like the other ECD centers, the school has three classes: 0 – 18 months, 3 – 4 years and 5 – 6 years.
Uthando is very proud to work with donors, friends, and benefactors to transform informal structures into world-class educational facilities. Zizamele Educare is the 4th such building and opened officially in August 2018.