Our Elephants and Cubs are off to school!
Almost two years ago, 40 nervous youngsters arrived for the opening of Positive Start (our Early Childhood Development program). They are our two classes: the Elephants and the Cubs. You have read here about their first day, their field trips, and their activities. We have seen them learn and grow and become happy, healthy, confident youngsters. And this past November, we watched our toddlers graduate! Now those of them who are old enough to enter local schools are about to embark on their next adventure, as kindergarteners in their communities.
Thankfully, we haven’t seen the last of them—they will continue to be part of the Ubuntu family. Our 26 graduates will continue at Ubuntu as Junior Leaders. Ubuntu will provide them with school fees, school supplies, and uniforms, and they will come to the Centre several times a week for after-school activities, which will support their school curricula. The 12 who are still too young to move on to Grade R will remain in an older-kids class at Ubuntu, and join school when they can.
So this graduation ceremony, an occasion of celebration and pride, is not goodbye by any means. We are so proud of our Elephants and Cubs, pleased to welcome them back as Junior Leaders, and thrilled to be by their side as they grow into young adults.