Oppie Koppie Pre-school is
a true success story
of what can happen when a community joins hands with an NGO,
local players and corporate sponsors.
Its story started in 2010, when there was a desperate need for an early childhood development facility in Prince Alfred Hamlet near the town of Ceres.
A labour of love and German design
26 architecture students from the University of Aachen in Germany helped us construct a beautiful, eco-friendly building accommodating 75 children.
The perfect location and generous funding
The Witzenberg Municipality helped us secure an area of land with a 99-year lease to build the first-ever crèche for Prince Alfred Hamlet. Then came generous funding from long-term partner, Henkel – the German manufacturer of adhesive brands Pritt and Pattex, and hair cosmetic brand, Schwarzkopf.
Learning & playing with full tummies
Funding also helped us employ and train talented teachers from the area, kit out classrooms with educational tools and toys, and start a feeding scheme that provides children with three nutritious meals a day.
And as the need grew, we needed more space...
So in 2019, a new extension was unveiled that could accommodate a further 75 children. It was also the year when the first pupils who enrolled in 2010 entered high school – showing impressive academic results due to the strong foundation they were given at Oppie Koppie
Oppie Koppie has had a far-reaching effect on the community
Life skills taught at the school have had a positive ripple effect on parents and the community, instilling a sense of pride and dignity.