In a remarkable event, Cotlands celebrated the opening of a school library at Zibodla in the Eastern Cape. Kholiswa, our dedicated toy librarian, took the stage to engage with various stakeholders, shedding light on the importance of early childhood development and the vital role playgroups and toy libraries play in nurturing early writing, pre-math and pre-reading skills. These skills lay the foundation for a successful start in formal schooling.
Kholiswa, our Eastern Cape Toy Librarian, emphasised the significance of registering children with Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres, and she eagerly looked forward to collaborating with the school to promote our toy library services. This partnership aims to build a comprehensive database of nearby ECD centres, further enhancing our ability to provide structured playgroups for young learners.
During the event, the school’s principal shared an inspiring story. They recounted how grade 3, 4, and 5 learners once struggled with reading. However, with the dedication and support of various stakeholders, including another non-profit funder, one of the classrooms was transformed into a library. Through exposure to play-based activities, these learners overcame reading challenges, highlighting the transformative power of play.
Exciting changes are on the horizon for Cotlands in the Eastern Cape. In the coming months, our toy library hub will relocate to new premises at the Braelyn Municipal Library. A new parkhome will be assembled adjacent to the library, promising young learners a dynamic and nurturing environment.
Cotlands recently partnered with the library to host a holiday programme as part of our commitment to fostering a love for reading. An impressive 82 children actively participated in various reading and play-based activities, showcasing the enthusiasm for learning that our programmes inspire.
This school library opening marks the beginning of an exciting chapter in the Eastern Cape. It exemplifies Cotlands’ dedication to early childhood development and our commitment to preparing young children for formal school.