UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

ANC ARCHIVES

SOLOMON MAHLANGU FREEDOM COLLEGE

ANC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT DAY CARE CENTRE , (Code: SDC)

 

RECORDS, 1979 – 1990

(bulk dates, 1983 – 1989)

2 Boxes (.2 linear meters)

ACQUISITION: ANC Archive Committee

ACCESS: The collection is open

PHOTOGRAPHS: None

VISUAL MATERIAL: None

AUDIO MATERIAL: None

PRINTED MATERIAL: None

COPYRIGHT: ANC Archive Committee

PROCESSED BY: Reprocessing: arrangement and description done by Mosoabuli Maamoe, August 1999

REVISED BY: Africa Media Online (Kulu Mushaka), October 2017

 

 

Historical background of Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College Education Department Day Care Centre

The ANC was becoming a normal growing society at SOMAFCO since in its in 1979. Among other divisions that existed was the pre-school component. The growth of the population of the ANC community in Tanzania in general and Mazimbu in particular, brought with the concern of how to look after the children of the members. This was pertinent as it impacted heavily on both young and adult parents who had various tasks in the ANC missions. It necessitated a place where kids could be housed together to free their parents to do some of the ANC duties and prepare them for schooling in later years. It was indicative of how the ANC attached the importance of women’s participation in its overall functions. This was seen as the primary objective of the Children’s Centre at Mazimbu, i.e., to enable mothers to pursue education, productive and political activities on behalf of the ANC.

The work on the construction of Children’s Centre started in January 1982. Sweden International Development (SIDA) under Radda Bamen sponsored the Centre. The Centre started with a staff of 34 and 4 matrons. By then there were 29 mothers assisted only by two trained teachers. When it started, the centre had had 95 children, aged between 6 months and 3 three years. With the expansion of the population at SOMAFCO, so was the number of the children. Additional staff had to be trained to cope with the growing number of children. The followings were the objectives of the Centre: The followings were the objectives of the Centre:

• To provide facilities and a programme for the care and early education of the children
• To familiarize children with their country, culture, and history
• To develop a programme for the provision of childcare services

As years went by, most of the objectives set above were implemented and enabled the centre to meet some pressing needs of the children.

 

 

Scope and Content Note

The SOMAFCO collection is comprised of .2 linear metres and two series: Correspondence and Subject Files.

The Correspondence Series spans the years 1983-1990. It reflects general issues affecting the children.

The Subject Files Series spans the years 1979-1989. It consists of children activities such programmes, handling of applications for the centre as well as minutes reflecting various events around children’s affairs.

 

 

Series I – Correspondence

Box 0001
0001. General, 1983-1985
0002. General, 1986-1991

 

 

Series I – Subject Files

Box 0002
0001. Applications, 1984
0002. Boarding
0003. Circulars
0004. Films
0005. Formation of Day Care Centre
0006. General Suggestions
0007. Inventories, 1986,1988
0008. Invitation, October 1989
0009. Job description
0010. Kate Molale’s Mothers Centre, 1985-1986
0011. List of children, 1979,1986
0012. Minutes
0013. Programmes
0014. Project proposals, 1981,1983
0015. Reports, 1985
0016. Requisitions, 1979-1990
0017. Rules for video tapes