Vision AfriKa’s Ikhaya nursery school held a graduation ceremony last month to celebrate the achievements of its Grade R learners who will move on to primary school next year.
The event, which took place in the hall of the educational development NGO’s Ikhaya Trust Centre headquarters, was officiated over by Master of Ceremonies, Nosiphelo Mahola, who is Vision AfriKa’s bookkeeper. She made the introductions and took the audience through the order of the day.
The first guest speaker was Martha Mayembana, a health promoter who works closely with staff in local nursery schools to tackle problems that arise when children are not immunised properly.
She made the point that it was important for parents to both attend health clinics regularly and to bring their cards along when their kids are getting their shots so that health workers know what they have received and when.
Next, the group of 19 Grade R learners stood up and sang the National Anthem to the great delight of their parents. They were then joined by other students from the Early Child Development classes in performing a dance routine, before all taking part in a drama about how important it was to look after lizards and geckos as they help to keep down flies.
The main part of the ceremony saw retail business management graduate and consistent Ikhaya Trust supporter, Zandile April, hand over diplomas to the children for passing their numeracy, life skills and literacy classes.
Many parents were reduced to tears as the children received their certificates and cited their names, ages, gender and parents’ contact details as well as what they would like to do in future. Desired professions ranged from pharmacists, journalists and traffic officers to nurses, teachers and pilots.
Afterwards, one of the parents, Wendy Luphondo, thanked everyone for the great work that they did at the Trust Centre, while teacher, Zanele Chosi, thanked the parents and everyone else who had made the event possible. The day then closed with a delicious meal and beverage.