Tshimologo Day Care Centre is run by Town Development Committee (TDC). Its school enrollment stands at 91 children, 59 girls and 40 boys. The Day Care Centre was operating in a Council Recreation Park within porta cabins. Town Development Committee (TDC) through government funds and assistance from donors managed to construct a permanent structure which complies with the standards stipulated in Early Childhood Care and Education Policy.
Sowa Town is a small town with a population of about 3598 (2011, Population Census) and occupies space area of about 15.9 hectors. The population consists of mainly working class where the majorities are employees of Botswana Ash Pty Ltd (BOTASH) and the rest are employed by Government institutions, Parastatals and very few Micro –Business that are found in the town.
The town is somewhat remote and surrounded by farm areas, only pastoral farming is viable. There is only one English Medium Day Care Centre run by Botash Ash. In this Day Care Centre priority is given to children whose parents are Botswana Ash employees and non-mine workers are charged a different rate of school fees which is not affordable to the majority of Sowa residents who are also workers.On the other hand Tshimologo Day Care Centre is run by Town Development Committee (TDC).
Its school enrollment stands at 91 children, 59 girls and 40 boys. The Day Care Centre was operating in a Council Recreation Park within porta cabins. Town Development Committee (TDC) through government funds and assistance from donors managed to construct a permanent structure which complies with the standards stipulated in Early Childhood Care and Education Policy.
The project has been allocated a plot No. 156 which is currently fenced and through assistance from donor the Town Development Committee managed to construct a two (2) blocks, one consisting of a kitchen, storeroom and dining, while the other comprise of two classrooms, office, sickbay and ablution. The building has been approved by Building Control Unit.
In June 2011, the Town Development Committee through the assistance of the Council managed to source a grant amounting to P118 437.17 for purchase of building material to construct two blocks. Since funds were not enough, the council resolved to provide Labour and technical services from Architect & Building Department. The construction of two (2) blocks is complete, the building has been wired and electricity has been connected. Town Development Committee has tried to source for funds from government but their efforts were futile.
Project Implementation and Development
The Social Welfare Department and Community Development in conjunction with Town Development Committee are responsible for planning and management of the project operations. Other structures such as Urban Development Committee and Strategic Planning & Plan Management Committee are there to assist in resolving any other issues that the department cannot resolve on their own. The Council has played a pivotal role in ensuring proper coordination of the project so that it is in line with other relevant programmes or projects geared towards community development.
Social and Economic Benefits
The Day Care Centre will enable children to have access to pre-primary education particularly for children whose parents are not working for the mine. The whole community is expected to benefit from the project either directly or indirectly .It is anticipated that about 91 children are to benefit directly from the project once the project is completed, with electricity connected.