Fellow Since 2001
Ubuntu Self Help Educare Resource Centre
This profile was prepared when Shadrack Tshivhase was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2001.
The New Idea
Shadrack Tshivhase offers a wide range of services to day care centers struggling to provide adequate care and education to small children in poor areas of South Africa. For example, Shadrack collects government-issued food money for the centers, then purchases and distributes the food. As a means of both supplementing the government nutrition program and building the financial self-sustainability of the centers, Shadrack also teaches the staff to initiate and manage their own food gardens. The centers can then both use the produce on-site–a situation which is especially helpful during any delay in government provisions–and also sell it to parents and others to generate income for the centers. In addition, Shadrack offers administrative services such as the writing of business plans, registration forms, and funding proposals, and he assists the centers in understanding the requirements for funding from donors and the government. He has also forged a partnership with an Early Childhood Development training agency to provide drastically reduced rates for the professional development of prospective center staff from poor areas. Furthermore, Shadrack runs a toy library, a concept which was previously unknown in the areas where he works. Through his toy library, he is able to provide various educational toys and curricular aids as resources for center children's cognitive, emotional, and physical development.