THE SOLUTION

Bright Kid Foundation supplies and installs complete Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDCs).

Education Centre

These ECDCs consist of:

Fully equipped Edutainer® preschool classrooms for 25 children

The Edutainer® is an ‘instant classroom’ made from a 12 meter (40 foot) shipping container, ideal for pre-school classrooms, taking up to 25 children.

The Edutainer® is an innovative and practical way to address the problem of scarce, inferior early childhood education in South Africa. The conversion process ensures that the Edutainer® is fitted with windows and doors, insulated, electrified, furnished, and then delivered to a community and installed on prepared concrete footings. The Edutainer® is plentifully stocked with carefully selected books, teaching aids, and educational toys. Edutainers® are usually used as pre-schools for three to five year olds in poorer areas where there are no existing preschool facilities or those that are available are substandard at best, to provide and safe and productive learning environment.

The extensive conversion transforms the container into a bright, airy classroom which includes: insulated ceilings, large windows, a heating fan, soft-board, chalkboard, sheet vinyl flooring, electricity, burglar bars, a lockable cupboard, shelving, and coat-hooks. The Edutainer® is decorated on the outside with durable weather resistant paint, and filled with school furniture and educational toys. The Edutainer® is also adapted for disabled children with a wide door, ramp, and support bars.

The Bright Kid Foundation infrastructure team builds the Edutainer® footings and then delivers the container to a selected site. Edutainers® are donated to carefully chosen early learning NGO’s with a sound infrastructure and well trained teachers.

Converted containers solve the difficult problem of building in remote areas. In addition to the Edutainer® pre-schools, we are also producing Booktainer® Libraries in response to community needs.

 

Inside Edutainer

Inside an Edutainer classroom

Inside Booktainer

Children inside a Booktainer

The Edutainer® also includes special storage facilities for chairs and tables for 20 adults (parents or learners), which can be quickly and easily swapped with the children’s furniture after school hours. Th  e addition of adult furniture will double the number of hours of use for the Edutainer®, as it can be used as a preschool during working hours, and for parent-teacher meetings, or Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) after hours and during the weekends. In rural areas, the adult furniture is especially useful, as the Edutainer® is used as a community centre.

All Bright Kid Foundation container conversions are Agrément certified
Legally, container conversions and prefabricated buildings are classified as temporary structures. This means that they can only be used on one site for 6 months – since plans have not been approved by any Government department. However, because Bright Kid Foundation container conversions including Edutainers® and Service Centres underwent a rigorous 24 month evaluation, they are Agrément certified for permanent use as pre-schools. This means they can be registered as pre-schools for subsidy purposes.))

Adult Based Education (ABET) taking place inside an Edutainer

MANTAG Certification

Service Centre (office, kitchen and sick-bay)

The fully equipped 6m Edutainer Service Centre is disabled adapted with a wide door, ramp, and support bars. It includes insulated ceilings, two whirlybird heat extractors, rust proof aluminum windows, sheet vinyl flooring, electricity, overhead lighting, plug points, and burglar bars. It is fully hand decorated on the outside like the Edutainer®

The kitchen includes an electric or gas stove, a fridge, a double bowl stainless steel sink with counter and a cupboard. The office includes a wooden desk with drawers, a swivel chair, a steel stationary cabinet and a pin board. The sick-bay includes a bed and a cupboard

sick-bay

The Sick Bay in the Service Centre

kitchen in service centre

Kitchen in Service Centre

Office in service centre

Office in Service Centre

Hygienic robust ablution facilities- either waterless or connected to mainline sewers

Bright Kid Foundation ablution has reinforced walls, venting pipes, a concrete base, a stainless door, and an internal basin for hand washing. Each site includes one disabled adapted unit. Due to their heavy weight, the ablution units are delivered separately to each site. The certified ablution system can be waterless using a sealed enclosure, or flushing, when waterborne sewage is available. The waterless system is hygienic and low maintenance – it is not a sceptic tank system which needs frequent evacuation.

Ablution unit flushing system

Flushing ablution units including one disabled adapted

Inside ablution unit

Inside an Ablution Unit

Ablution units at school

Four waterless ablution units including one disabled adapted unit installed in water-scarce rural area

A shade area that traps water in a tank and feeds it through a Soap and Water Station (SWS)

The water can be used for a Wash Station. Hand washing using a soap station and a food garden.

Shaded water area
Shaded water area

Outdoor play equipment

The outdoor play equipment consists of a timber jungle gym (tanalith treated) with one raised platform covered by a sunblock shade roof. Two sides of the raised platform are surrounded by wooden hand railings. A wooden rung ladder and a fibreglass slide with two safety swings are attached to one side of the platform. There is a climb-up net rope and fireman’s pole. a timber rumble bridge and a timber seesaw are adjacent to the outdoor play equipment

preschool Playground

Climbing net on outdoor play equipment

preschool jungle gym

Outdoor play equipment showing slide, safety swings and ladder

Preschool seesaw

Seesaw

Fencing

Secure fencing and gate

Secure fencing provides security that is essential for ECDCs, and is required for registration and per child subsidy.

Fencing is made from Class A galvanised mild steel.

The fencing consists of the following:

  • 76mm diameter, 2mm wall thickness post 2.4metres long fitted on top with pressed steel mushroom caps embedded in 300x300x600 mm deep concrete at 3metre centres, including galvanised straining wires secured with binding wire.
  • Vertical height covered with 100x50x2,5mm galvanised class A weld mesh fencing 1.8metres high fixed to straining wires.
  • Manufactured purpose-made mild steel gates x2:(1800mm x 1500mm)
Fencing around school centre