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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Edutainer® Comments

I am very happy to have been awarded an Edutainer® to provide a school for the children and teachers."
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WASH (Water Sanitation and Health) Ablution Units
The Problem
Preschool children from 0 to 5 years  should have access to safe and hygienic ablution facilities in preschools.

Young children are especially vulnerable to waterborne disease resulting from unhygienic ablution. Diarrhoea is widespread in many South African preschools. The Department of Social Development conducted a preschool infrastructure survey which showed that 1462 preschools had unsanitary ablution facilities. There have been many tragic cases of with small children falling to their deaths into open ablution pits.

SA President calls to eradicate unsafe ablution facilities

President Cyril Ramaphosa calls for plan to eradicate unsafe school ablution facilities

16 Mar 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa is appalled and saddened at the passing away of five year old Viwe Jali, who fell into a pit toilet at the Luna Primary School in Bizana.

President Ramaphosa has on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa expressed condolences to Viwe’s family and relatives on their devastating loss.

The President has also expressed his grave concern about the safety of facilities in schools, especially when it comes to a lack of decent ablution facilities.

President Ramaphosa has directed Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to conduct an audit of all learning facilities with unsafe structures, especially unsafe ablution facilities, within a month and to present him with a plan to rectify the challenges, as an emergency interim measure while rolling out proper infrastructure, within three months.

As the President committed in the state of the nation address, the plan to eliminate unsafe ablution facilities will be participatory, with civil society being consulted. To this end, he further welcomes input by civil society organizations who continue to champion the struggle for safe and decent school infrastructure.

The death of Viwe is devastating for her community and the country. The nation still mourns the loss of young Michael Komape under similar tragic circumstances in 2014. 

In memory of these young souls, President Ramaphosa has committed government to spare no effort in ensuring that our children can learn in safe and conducive facilities.

 
The Solution
Bright kid Foundation has a specialised Infrastructure Development Team (IDT) that installs all the Early Childhood Development Centre infrastructure including safe and sanitary ablution units for both children and adults. Some preschools in informal settlements have access to waterborne sewage. In these cases, the IDT installs flushing toilets and connects them to the sewage lines. Other preschools, mainly in rural areas, have no access to waterborne sewage. In these cases, the IDT installs world class certified waterless ablution units made by Amalooloo. These do not have septic tanks, and require little or no maintenance. They have cisterns that are manually filled with water each morning for hand washing and are hygienic and odour free. Each unit weighs 1000kgs and they are solidly built. (For a detailed description on how the waterless system works, see the attached Amalooloo diagram). There are major challenges in delivering these ablution units, to widely dispersed sites, and installing them properly. The IDT has overcome these challenges. The IDT has specialised equipment to deliver and install these units, including specially adapted trucks, mechanical diggers, compressors and jackhammers.

Bright Kid Foundation also installs a disabled adapted ablution unit in every preschool

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See the list of  WASH (Water Sanitation and Health) certified ablution units delivered below.


 
WASH Units Delivered