Books and toys arrive at 10 ECD centres

Fri, 27 August 2010

“This is the first time anybody has given us a donation. This is the first time we see new books and toys. I can now use the information in the books in my lessons and other practitioners are also very excited to use these books and toys with the children.” Beatrice Mathidi - Mashudu Khumbe Community

REPORT 1: Biblionef South Africa – supplying mother-tongue storybooks to preschools

The aim of this project was to provide 10 Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in disadvantaged areas of Mpumalanga with steel trunks each containing 80 storybooks (in both English and mother-tongue) and 10 toys.

Activities and Outcomes

As a result of this project, 903 preschool children (far higher than the original estimate of 495) have access to books that are culturally appropriate as well as other resources such as toys and puzzles. Forty two practitioners now have resources to teach their children and prepare them for school. The following activities have been carried out: * Biblionef selected age and language appropriate books for each of the ECD centres. * Steel trunks were purchased and fitted with locks. * A handover function was held where a representative from each of the beneficiary ECD centres accepted their books and toys. * A workshop was provided to the attending practitioners to give them basic training in caring for books, storytelling, and using books for ECD.


The total cost of this project was R57 998 which has been paid in full by SASIX.

DescriptionTotal BudgetTotal ExpenditureOverspend/Underspend
Books35 00035 000-
Toys & Resource Materials5 0005 000-
Steel trunks4 0004 000-
Keys & locks300450-150
Organisational Costs
Funders acknowledgement: printing and laminating A3 and A3 poster or applying sticker in each book200200-
Distribution Costs4 0002 5471 453
Staff Time
Books Stock Librarian - Selecting ordering and packing of books720720-
Project Co-ordinator - Liaison with the ECDs, selection and handover of books1 4401 440-
Travel for training at Book Handover
Travel6 2005 335865
Accommodation8001 390-590
Staff subsistence allowance200300-100
TOTAL57 86056 3821 478


The project has thus far run very smoothly. It will now rely on the individual ECD centres to make proper use of the supplied resources.

Monitoring and evaluation

Biblionef has ensured that each of the ECD centres have received their books and toys and have a secure trunk in which to store them. In the coming months, ECD centres will be required to report to Biblionef on the use of the books and the impact that they have had on the children attending their centres.


The books and toys have been distributed to all of the ECD centres. This will make a major difference to the resources available at these centres. It is particularly encouraging that they will have access to mother-tongue story books, which is in line with ECD best practice.

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