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Pre-primary education in Philippi township

Investing in early childhood is important so that children go to government schools well prepared and confident when they are 7 years old.

What is the project?

Building strong communities

The concept of our cooperation partner Rhiza in South Africa is clear: according to the 'Rhiza cycle', start a project together with the local community that is combined from the start with the creation of earnings, so that the project is self-sufficient within three years. and Rhiza can withdraw. The power of the 'cycle', development - production - trading - reinvestment, lies in cooperating (ownership / buy-in) with the local community, which in this way are co-responsible for 'building strong communities'.

This lays the foundation for continuing the projects in the field of pre-primary education, vocational training, entrepreneurship and health care. Net4kids and Rhiza collaborate on projects in the field of 'pre-primary education' and 'vocational training'.

When we make education a priority, we give our children opportunities.

Investing in early childhood is important so that children go to government schools well prepared and confident when they are 7 years old. But how is education organized up to 7 years? The government does not interfere sufficiently with pre-primary education, which means that children are at a great disadvantage at an early age. Nursery education is often taken up by grandmothers and mothers, who teach children in dilapidated buildings.

With a little help and subsidy, these 'schools' can be converted into good pre-primary education. Rhiza trains the head of the school and the teachers, introduces a solid curriculum, adapts buildings according to the applicable safety requirements and provides good nutrition and teaching materials. This set of measures improves the quality of education, making the schools eligible for government subsidies. The government subsidy and more registrations as a result of the better organization make the schools self-reliant.

Why did Net4kids choose this project partner?

Benefit to all parties involved

The founder of Rhiza and the brain behind the successful Rhiza cycle is Alef Meulenberg, who is based in South Africa. Together with the local population, he develops communities in which he is supported by the government and the local business community. Dutch companies that want to use Rhiza projects for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) benefit from Alef's entrepreneurial focus. He knows the Dutch and South African culture, has a large local funding system and 'knows the way'. Through co-creation, projects are set up that generate profit for all parties.

How do I make a difference in this project with my company?

The starting point of CSR policy, choose a suitable project that stays close to your DNA and / or the working area of your organization. Doing something right is only credible if it stays close to your core business and core values.

Rhiza's projects offer many leads with which Dutch companies can identify. Talent development, entrepreneurship, education. For example, organizations that focus on improving, developing and discovering teaching methods, educational institutions and (primary) schools that want to set up social projects (exchange) are a perfect match with Rhiza's Early Childhood program.

Making an impact starts with a financial commitment. This way we can really build together the involvement between your company and the project.

We make the match. Will you make the difference?

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