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Nurseries around the world – South Africa

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By Hendrik de BruinHead of the Umgungundlovu District’s Psychological Support Services of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education, South Africa

In the first of our six-part series visiting nurseries around the world, our first stop is South Africa

In the green foothills of Kwazulu-Natal’s magnificent Drakensberg Mountains, a Zulu community strives to develop and educate its children. The preschool children already know the veld; all the cattle in the valley; and the domestic duties that the girls are required to perform. However, the thatched huts that are their homes seldom have books in them as their parents were never taught to read. The hard-won nursery section, built to prepare infants for formal schooling, has now been running for four years, despite the initial lack of funding, overcrowding and the reluctance of some parents to let their children attend school.

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