iThemba – Christ’s Love Expressed to the Children
iThemba means ‘hope’.
For children from under-resourced communities in the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town to be provided with the best possible intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual foundation for further education – giving them hope for their future.
- to provide:
- high quality pre-primary education
- balanced nutrition and health monitoring
- a safe and nurturing environment
- teaching and modelling of the good news of Jesus Christ
The aim of iThemba is to work with parents and caregivers to prepare young children for school and life.
We do this in partnership with the broader community by building relationships which seek to provide the best care for children now, and to pursue opportunities for further education.
The Fish Hoek valley is a small microcosm of South Africa. There are a number of upper and middle-class suburbs alongside two communities with a critical lack of resources and high unemployment levels. These are Masiphumelele and Ocean View. Education levels in these communities are seriously inadequate. Economic research indicates that early childhood development is key to changing this.
In response to the opportunity to provide quality pre-primary education for under-resourced communities, St. Peters Church opened an ECD facility. In January 2012, twenty children aged 3-4 from disadvantaged backgrounds became the first class of iThemba School.
By 2016 we had 60 children in our care. The school is situated on the edge of Fish Hoek, close to both Masiphumelele and Ocean View. It is run by a team of qualified teachers, mostly from Masiphumelele. iThemba School has given some the opportunity to train as teachers or teaching assistants.
iThemba School is registered with the Department of Social Development, and with the Western Cape Education Department as an ECD independent school offering Grade R.