We are so pleased to announce that Caversham Education Institute has officially received our Higher Certificates and Diploma Certificates for the class of 2019.
Just two days before our verification was due this year (2020) Caversham Education Institute was informed, much to our dismay and that of our students that the verification process would be postponed because of the lockdown. The lockdown which started off as 21 days and eventually lead to what is now 9 months of restrictions, from the strictest at level 5 to more leniency at level 1, which is where we find ourselves now. While the restrictions have dropped we are still working safely and cautiously.
As we all know the lockdown, especially at its onset- was a tough time filled with anxiety, job loss and death of loved ones and we are still picking up the pieces of its effects as we suspect we might be for a while. However, much to our delight there is always a silver lining! While many may be feeling weary at this time of the year, at Caversham we have been feeling motivated and inspired by the bright and optimistic attitude that our 2019 graduates have shown.
The online verification process was tough, but our team pushed through restrictions, temperature checks and sanitizer syndrome as we happily worked behind the masks to get these marks verified online! We are so pleased that at level 1 we have received the certificates for our students and they can now celebrate with a tangible Higher certificate and Diploma! We bring new meaning to the phrase “finish strong”.
We are so proud of our students commitment to complete their studies in record time and excel in order to provide quality ECD services in their respective communities. Some of our students have opened their own schools and while our sector may be going through a challenge we are so optimistic about the future of ECD and the quality of ECD practitioners that will educate through fun and play. We are confident in each and every recipient of the Higher Certificate and Diploma respectively and we are celebrating along with you as we end this year on a high note with many exciting features coming up for the future of Caversham and our students as we continue to innovate and adapt to the new normal.
The legacy Sandy wants to leave:
In Sandy’s third year at Caversham she wrote ‘I have always wanted to own a well-run nursery school that is fully equipped and of service to my community. There is no nursery school within a three kilometer radius of where I live. The legacy I hope to leave is someone who saw and provided their community with a service they so desperately needed’.
Sandy has realized this dream. Sandy has run a successful nursery in Nazareth (Pinetown). She is now in part-time retirement for health reasons however she still does the administration for her school. She is an amazing and courageous woman with a big heart and we are proud to have her as an alumni and part of our lasting legacy. She is a a prime example of courage and has brought a new depth to our core values of leaving a lasting legacy for the next generation.
I grew up in a very poor rural background, sometimes going to sleep without something to eat. My self esteem was very low. I was working as a cleaner for different companies, sick and my hope was totally lost. But when I came to work at Caversham Institute, my life became better every day. They hired me as a photocopy lady but sent me to do a receptionist course. Now I am assistant administrator and I have a learners’ license which I never thought would be possible.
Thank you Caversham Institute for bringing hope where there was none, for making me the better person I am today. If it was not for Caversham it would be no more me today.
I have one and a half years service but it feels like I’ve been working here for 10 years. I don’t have the good words to say how happy I am.
Thank you, I have really found a home at Caversham Institute!
Emmah, who began her career in ECD as a cleaner, joined Caversham Institute in 2009. She studied further to complete a degree and is now a highly valued Zulu teacher and assistant at a pre-primary school and mentor for our students.
She says,”If you are passionate about teaching young children and having fun while learning, Caversham is the place to be”.
Jabu Mtheku, our Director invites you to join the Caversham Institute family and says “If you want to experience great fellowship, meet new people, gain fresh ideas on ECD. come and study with us”.
Phindile Khumalo is an inspiration! She is a single mother who was volunteering when she started her studies with Caversham in 2012. She completed her National Diploma in 2015 and is now not only employed as a Grade R teacher and team leader at a preschool in Clermont, a township outside Durban, but is also mentoring other Caversham students!
She impressed all at her Graduation ceremony with her outstanding address during which she said, “I would like to wish all at Caversham well in all the work that you do. Inspiring and empowering us with distinctive knowledge. I’m truly proud about taking a decision to join the Institute. It has become worth my while. With all that I’ve learned I feel like I can take over the world of the ECD, if not the world as a whole. I’ll never forget the years I have spent at Caversham Institute.
I would like to be in a space where I could empower more young women like me about ECD. The possibilities are endless. I want to own my own ECD centre one day. What I have learned from Caversham Institute is solid enough to build it with tremendous confidence. I will keep looking for other people and convince them to join this inspirational Institute.
I can truly say I am an INSPIRATION.
On receiving her Diploma
I will never forget all that Caversham has done for me and will always be grateful for all the efforts you made to encourage me to continue studying when all hope was lost. Your teaching has not only equipped me to be a better teacher, principal or leader but a knowledgeable new mom and an inspiration to all the young ones that I will cross paths with.
I would love children to have fun while learning at school, foster resilient children by giving encouragement at all times. Give them reason to trust and always be willing to come to me for help if needed. I would love my fellow staff members to remember me as a happy, awesome team player and an inspiration in their teaching so that they can strive to be better at all times, this will have a great impact on our future leaders.
“Caversham has taught me first to love myself, in doing so I am able to understand children’s minds and not to allow other people to rule my life. I am going to be something someday I can be proud of and my son too, but not only just us but all women and children of South Africa.
Thank you Caversham for inspiring me!!”
We look forward to being of service to you!