Exploring beneficiary perceptions about the use of refurbished container classrooms for early childhood development in vulnerable communities in the Westen Cape

 

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dc.contributor.advisor O'Brien, Connie en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Mwape, Christine en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-02T09:50:56Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-02T09:50:56Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Mwape, C. 2014. Exploring beneficiary perceptions about the use of refurbished container classrooms for early childhood development in vulnerable communities in the Westen Cape. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6820
dc.description.abstract This study explored beneficiary perceptions about the use of refurbished container classrooms for Early Childhood Development (ECD) in vulnerable communities in the Western Cape. It was conducted on a sample of three ECD centres, one at Philippi and two at Khayelitsha. Key informants at each centre included the Principal, two teachers, three community leaders and a focus group of up to six parents. The study used the qualitative approach and employed a purposive sampling technique. Semi-structured interview schedules, developed in line with the research objectives, were used to guide the interviews. The study revealed that the container classrooms were safer and healthier ECD facilities compared to the shacks previously used. They were used as childcare and early learning facilities and also for community activities. Challenges experienced in using container classrooms were around maintenance of the structures and intermittent funding;; while measures considered essential in enhancing usage of container classrooms included the provision of spacious classrooms;; supporting facilities (toilets and kitchen);; creating a stimulating play space around the container, and greater stakeholder participation in the running of the centres. The research makes the following recommendations: i. That further research be done towards an understanding of the extent, nature and impact of the container facilities concept at national level;; ii. To Breadline Africa that community involvement in the monitoring process be enhanced and to responde to the need to adjust the physical structures to enhance durability and withstand extreme weather conditions;; and iii. To the Department of Social Development to review its funding strategies and to consider investing in infrastructure in low socio-economic communities as a way of ensuring availability of acceptable standards of ECD centres for poor children. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.title Exploring beneficiary perceptions about the use of refurbished container classrooms for early childhood development in vulnerable communities in the Westen Cape en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Social Development en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Mwape, C. (2014). <i>Exploring beneficiary perceptions about the use of refurbished container classrooms for early childhood development in vulnerable communities in the Westen Cape</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6820 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Mwape, Christine. <i>"Exploring beneficiary perceptions about the use of refurbished container classrooms for early childhood development in vulnerable communities in the Westen Cape."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2014. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6820 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Mwape C. Exploring beneficiary perceptions about the use of refurbished container classrooms for early childhood development in vulnerable communities in the Westen Cape. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Social Development, 2014 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6820 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Mwape, Christine AB - This study explored beneficiary perceptions about the use of refurbished container classrooms for Early Childhood Development (ECD) in vulnerable communities in the Western Cape. It was conducted on a sample of three ECD centres, one at Philippi and two at Khayelitsha. Key informants at each centre included the Principal, two teachers, three community leaders and a focus group of up to six parents. The study used the qualitative approach and employed a purposive sampling technique. Semi-structured interview schedules, developed in line with the research objectives, were used to guide the interviews. The study revealed that the container classrooms were safer and healthier ECD facilities compared to the shacks previously used. They were used as childcare and early learning facilities and also for community activities. Challenges experienced in using container classrooms were around maintenance of the structures and intermittent funding;; while measures considered essential in enhancing usage of container classrooms included the provision of spacious classrooms;; supporting facilities (toilets and kitchen);; creating a stimulating play space around the container, and greater stakeholder participation in the running of the centres. The research makes the following recommendations: i. That further research be done towards an understanding of the extent, nature and impact of the container facilities concept at national level;; ii. To Breadline Africa that community involvement in the monitoring process be enhanced and to responde to the need to adjust the physical structures to enhance durability and withstand extreme weather conditions;; and iii. To the Department of Social Development to review its funding strategies and to consider investing in infrastructure in low socio-economic communities as a way of ensuring availability of acceptable standards of ECD centres for poor children. DA - 2014 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2014 T1 - Exploring beneficiary perceptions about the use of refurbished container classrooms for early childhood development in vulnerable communities in the Westen Cape TI - Exploring beneficiary perceptions about the use of refurbished container classrooms for early childhood development in vulnerable communities in the Westen Cape UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/6820 ER - en_ZA


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