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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Sustainability in Sobambisana


A Case Study in perseverance - It takes a village to raise a child”


This case study illustrates not only the sustainability of a community initiated and supported ECD Centre, but also the grit and determination they displayed in trying to do the best for their children and so give them a head start to formal education that all parents aspire to - whoever they are and wherever they find themselves – no matter how long it takes...



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Our MANTAG Certification

Edutainer® Comments

We find the Edutainer® concept to be imaginative cost-effective and it contributes significantly to reducing the backlog of facilities for Early Childhood Development in South Africa."
Eric Atmore, CEO Centre for Early Childhood Development

Hukuwa Eastern Cape case study:


Huge beneficial impact of Edutainer


This preschool, started in 1991, has never had a building to call its own and has been operating out of ‘borrowed’ premises since inception. With available accommodation now at a premium in the village, the teacher and the committee had been trying in vain for the past 6 months to find yet another venue as the one used in 2017 was no longer available for 2018. By mid January 2018 they had given up all hope and starting informing the parents that the school is forced to close. 




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Having worked with this site since its inception, we were as devastated as the community but could offer no practical alternative. The very next day, after receiving this dreadful news from them, we were able to share the good news that the Edutainer they had applied for is on its way. Their relief at this unexpected reprieve was momentous and the delivery was a day quite unlike any other delivery we have witnessed.

The 6th of February dawned bright and clear, with the heat already oppressive before the sun was fully up. On our way out of town we spotted the large delivery truck just ahead of us and they were pleased that we were able to lead it to the village choosing the ‘best’ of the gravel roads crisscrossing the area to get to Hukuwa. Even so it was a slow and arduous trip. Entering the village we spotted a large crowd of people, dressed in their finery, around the community hall which is located next door to the preschool site. We wondered what event was underway there as the Municipal Ward Councillor, the Area Chief and his two neighbouring Chiefs as well as the Municipal Community Development Worker were present.  This was after all the delivery of the ECDC and not the opening, and we did not relate their presence to the delivery until we saw the Ward Councillor and the local Chief rush to their car as the truck neared the village entrance, to formally escort it to the ECD site gleefully hooting and waving. Soon this turned into an impromptu parade.


Once on site the driver and the Infrastructure Development Team set about discussing how the delivery would proceed, watched by the crowd whose excitement by now was at fever pitch, but still blissfully unaware that the containers come fully equipped. They were just so thankful for what they thought were the bare structures. The dancing and ululating continued throughout the setting down of the ECDC container, despite the intense heat, as the crowd jubilantly celebrated.




With the Service Centre on the ground and ready for a quick peek before the Classroom was placed. The community - stunned into silence by what they saw – a kitchen, sporting a brand new stove, fridge, sink and cupboards. An office, with its filing cabinet, spacious desk and comfortable chair and a sick bay just waiting to be inhabited. The Ward Councillor and the Chief immediately committing themselves to ensuring the water is laid on and the electricity connected. A visiting nurse pointing out how the sick bay bed would help the Mobile Clinic during its monthly visit to the village giving those present something else to be thankful about. With everyone standing back the classroom was then off loaded.This was certainly the adult’s day. The Hukuwa Preschool children, under the watchful eye of the assistant practitioner, safely ensconced in a small room at the community hall where they could be kept busy, leaving the adults free to enjoy this “great event in the history of Hukuwa,” unencumbered by worry or distraction. The children blissfully unaware of all the excitement and just how much it will change their lives by giving them much needed stability and a vastly improved preschool experience.




The ECD Practitioner was completely overcome and could no longer hold back her tears as she saw the contents of the containers. After being given a moment to compose herself, the inventory could be checked and the day officially marked.  We were invited to join the community in their hall which had been especially decorated for this occasion and everyone settled down to celebrate the event. The ANC Ward Councillor going to great lengths to make sure that the community understood that as their Councillor he was there celebrating with them and would do all he could to support them, but that this day had nothing to do with politics but had come about because of the untiring effort of the ECD Committee and community. A praise singer thanked Bright Kid Foundation and the Sponsors followed by an item of traditional dancing after which a delicious meal was served. The community gratitude for a gift of this magnitude summed up as,”You will never know what this means to us and what a difference it is going to make to give our children a brighter future. Please tell those wonderful people who made this possible to come and see what we are going to do”.