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 with the Edutainer® as it provides me with a professional classroom to teach from and earn a salary for myself and my teachers from the school fees."
Meriam Petla, Teacher at Tswelopepe Day Care Centre.
Why the edutainer® works

Bright Kid Foundation purchases used 12 meter shipping containers to convert into Edutainers®. A 50 point check sheet is used when purchasing a container, to ensure that they are suitable for use as Edutainers®. Containers are made from 2mm corrugated steel and are extremely strong structures; seven containers can be safely stacked on top of each other. Properly maintained containers can last up to thirty years or more. All Edutainers® are provided with maintenance schedules and appropriate paint to touch up. The conversion process is carefully monitored and designed to produce Edutainers® which can withstand most of the weather extremes found in South Africa.

Heat is generally transmitted through the ceiling, so very effective insulating panels are placed inside the Edutainer® at an appropriate distance from the roof. Extra large windows are placed opposite each other for light and to allow for cooling cross-breezes. A heating fan is provided for cold days.

Containers are wire-brushed to remove all old paint and rust resistant metal etch oxide is painted over the entire container. Two coats of enamel are painted on top of this, followed by a further coat of enamel which is used to decorate the container. Edutainers® are placed on concrete strip foundations which allow airflow underneath. Professional builders build the foundations and use a ‘dumpy’ level to site across the 12 meters which separates each concrete strip, ensuring that they are absolutely level. During the building process, they train local artisans in the construction methods they use; improving local skill levels.