2017 Impumelelo Social Innovations Platinum Award

Bright Kid Foundation is honoured to be the recipient of this prestigious award. It is a testament to the Bright Kid Foundation ECDC program delivering high quality certified ECD infrastructure  - a significant, sustainable investment in South Africa’s children.



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Department of Social Development Endorsement

The Department of Social Development has endorsed the Bright Kid Foundation:

"Bright Kid Foundation is able to deliver complete Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDCs) to remote rural areas and informal settlements... We encourage investment in ECDCs, as the DSD has prioritized Early Childhood Development as vitally important for the future of South Africa's children."




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Booktainer® Libraries

There is a dire need for well stocked libraries run by trained librarians in deserving primary schools. More than 16 000 public schools in South Africa do not have libraries...

 

 

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Our MANTAG Certification

Edutainer® Comments

I am very happy to have been awarded an Edutainer® to provide a school for the children and teachers."
Coronation Mbowani, Teacher at Stepping Stone Day Care.
The Bright Kid Foundation

Origin

In 1999 the Mandela Children’s Fund distributed 1000 of our toys to teachers throughout South Africa. We included a feedback form. One teacher wrote: "We love the toys but I’m teaching in a shack. Please send us a school!”

 

Those words inspired us to see how we could grant her wish. Since 2000 we have converted over 354  shipping containers into fully functional pre-schools and delivered Edutainers® throughout Africa.

 

The Bright Kid Foundation; an association not for gain in terms of section 21, was formed to facilitate the delivery of Edutainers® throughout South Africa.  Bright Kid Foundation was registered  in terms of the Nonprofit Organisations Act, 1997. Registration Number: 088-983 NPO. The Edutainer® Project relies on co-operation between Bright Kid Foundation, early childhood development Non Government Organizations (NGO's), donors and teachers. Bright Kid Foundation works with all major early childhood development NGOs in South Africa

Mission

The Bright Kid Foundation believes that every child in South Africa has a right to quality pre-school education in a safe and learner-friendly environment, with access to educational toys and books that encourage an optimal learning experience, supervised by a trained teacher.

 

Bright Kid Foundation aims to supply Edutainer® pre-school classrooms and Edutainer® educational toy libraries to as many needy communities as our donations permit…GET INVOLVED


CEO and Founder

Nicholas Jaff is founder and CEO of the Bright Kid Foundation, a non-profit organization, started in 2000. Bright Kid Foundation converts shipping containers primarily into pre-school classrooms called Edutainers®, which form part of Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDCs), delivered to rural areas throughout South Africa. The initial focus of Bright Kid Foundation was to improve the poor standard of Early Childhood Development in South Africa by delivering these Edutainers® (containers extensively converted in to fully equipped bright, insulated classrooms) to trained teachers mainly to rural communities in need. Since 2000, over 354 Edutainers® have been delivered throughout South Africa. To date over 57,000 children have graduated form the Edutainers® and 708 teachers have been trained. The ECDCs are designed to transform rural communities. The ECDC Edutainers® are fully equipped preschool for use in early learning.  They include adult furniture so that after school hours, the Edutainers® can be used by adults and unemployed youth for training in employable skills.

 

To achieve the goals of the Bright Kind Foundation, and to ensure sustainability and community acceptance, Nicholas works closely and effectively with government departments, particularly the Department of Social Development, municipalities, recipient communities (civil society), non-profit organizations and private corporations. The ECDCs include the entire infrastructure required for registration and subsequent per child per day subsidy from the Department of Social development. USA donors include GE, Citigroup (30 Edutainer® classrooms), UPS, USAID.  UNICEF has endorsed the ECDC project.

 

Nicholas has degrees from Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, the Victoria University, of Manchester, UK, and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.  He is a director of companies and serves on several boards.

 

Trustees

The board of trustees are the following:

Nicole Jaff (Chairperson)

Nicole Jaff is a North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP), and a member of the Professional Board of Psychology (South Africa).  She is a Menopause Counselor at the Wendy Appelbaum Institute for Women’s Health, Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre and a PhD Research Fellow with an interest in global women’s health issues. She is a trustee of the Helen Suzman Foundation and the Javett Foundation.

Nicholas Jaff (CEO)

Nicholas Jaff is founder and CEO of the Bright Kid Foundation, a non-profit organization, started in 2000. Bright Kid Foundation converts shipping containers primarily into pre-school classrooms called Edutainers®, which form part of Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDCs), delivered to rural areas throughout South Africa. The initial focus of Bright Kid Foundation was to improve the poor standard of Early Childhood Development in South Africa by delivering these Edutainers® (containers extensively converted in to fully equipped bright, insulated classrooms) to trained teachers mainly to rural communities in need.Since 2000, over 354 Edutainers® have been delivered throughout South Africa. To date over 57,000 children have graduated form the Edutainers® and 708 teachers have been trained. The ECDCs are designed to transform rural communities. The ECDC Edutainers® are fully equipped preschool for use in early learning.  They include adult furniture so that after school hours, the Edutainers® can be used by adults and unemployed youth for training in employable skills.

To achieve the goals of the Bright Kind Foundation, and to ensure sustainability and community acceptance, Nicholas works closely and effectively with government departments, particularly the Department of Social Development, municipalities, recipient communities (civil society), non-profit organizations and private corporations. The ECDCs include the entire infrastructure required for registration and subsequent per child per day subsidy from the Department of Social development. USA donors include GE, Citigroup (30 Edutainer® classrooms), UPS, USAID.  UNICEF has endorsed the ECDC project.

Nicholas has degrees from Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, the Victoria University, of Manchester, UK, and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.  He is a director of companies and serves on several boards.

Lebogang Rafout

Lebogang (Lebo) Rafout is a Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BB-BEE) Specialist and has been in this field for nearly a decade, as an analyst in several BB-BEE verification agencies to being  the overall BB-BEE manager in multinational firms. Lebo holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Wits University and a Post Graduate Diploma in BBBEE Management Development Program from the University of South Africa’s Graduate School of Business Leadership, she is the founder of the Good Works Projects, whose flagship initiative is Promoting Professions.

Peter Leon

Peter Leon is a partner with Webber Wentzel (in alliance with Linklaters), Johannesburg, where he heads the firm's mining regulatory practice.  Outside South Africa, he has advised on resources issues in major African mining jurisdictions including Botswana, Ghana. Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  He has also advised the Nigerian government on its new mining code and provided similar advice in Eritrea.

Peter is a previous chair of the International Bar Association's mining law committee where he led its award-winning best practice model mine development agreement project for developing countries. He was recently recognised as one of the world's top twenty mining lawyers by the International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers.

Peter Leon currently serves on the council of the IBA's legal practice division and is an honorary lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

During South Africa's State of Emergency, he served as chair of Lawyers for Human Rights, Johannesburg. Elected to the Gauteng legislature in 1994, he served as provincial leader of the Democratic Party and as leader of the official opposition between 1995 and 2000.

Peter Leon holds a BA (with distinction in Roman Law), LLB (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town and a LLM (with First Class Honours) from the University of Cambridge, where he was elected Senior Scholar of Christ's College.

Sibusiswe Ndlovu

Sibusiswe (Busi) Ndlovo is a Director in Accord Kalos Academy, a business consulting company, co- founded with her husband, consulting in the Public Service and NGO sectors. She has extensive experience in the field of education - from ECD to high school. She has a BA from UNISA, a BA Honours from University of Johannesburg (RAU), and a Diploma in Management Advancement Programme (MAP) from Wits Business School.

Justine O'Reilly

Solicitor and Mediator, Justine is currently working as a Solicitor for the  Legal Aid Commission in New South Wales, Australia,  and as a Mediator at a Family Relationship Centre.  She has an MBA from the University of Witswatersrand and a BA in Development Studies from Brown University.

A.J. Phillips

Previously CEO of Barloworld Ltd. remains active as a non-executive director of a number of listed and unlisted Companies in southern Africa and served as a  director of WWF in SA for 10 years and remain as chairman of the Finance committee.

Sonja van der Vyver

Sonja Brink (van der Vyver) a PhD Research fellow and an early childhood educationist and rural community development practitioner. Sonja has been involved as project manager in a whole-community development project, at a rural settlement for the past eight years. She also conducts research on educational linguistics and early reading acquisition – specifically on how these pertain to African children from resource-poor backgrounds.

NonProfit Legal Structure

The Bright Kid Foundation is an association not for gain in terms of Section 21. It is registered in South Africa , registration number 2000/028269/08. It was registered on November 9th 2000.

 

Bright Kid Foundation was then also registered on 14 April 2011 in terms of the Nonprofit Organisations Act, 1997.Registration Number: 088-983 NPO.

Bright Kid Foundation is audited by L Reyneke and Associates Inc., registration 95/00503/21.

 

They are located in Block A, First floor, Suite A-01, Elite Park Corner, Richard Drive and Suttie Avenue , Midrand, South Africa.

 

Bright Kid Foundation activity is governed by a Memorandum of Association of a Company section 54(1) Regulation 17(3) as per the Companies Act of the Republic of South Africa. Further information is available on request.