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Early Childhood Development: Lessons from India

September 5, 2014

Sherri Le Mottee writes: Last week’s visit in India was quite sobering. After a colourful and hopeful time in the country, Kushku (my travel companion kindly ‘loaned’ to me by the Ministry of Women and Child Development) and I visited three Anganwadi centres in the urban slums of Mumbai. Here, we were met by a […]

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New innovation fund to catalyse change in early learning in South Africa

December 5, 2014

Several national, including Ilifa Labantwana, and international donors have joined forces to establish a new fund to support innovations in early learning in South Africa.  The R15 million fund, called the Innovation Edge, aims to inspire and enable bold new initiatives with the potential to transform early learning access and quality. Details about the Innovation […]

Investing in ECD: CSI that works

October 30, 2014

Funding for social development initiatives is set to change after the results of a research study commissioned by the FirstRand Foundation was presented at the Foundation’s fifth “CSI that Works” breakfast. The study confirmed that investment in the first 1 000 days of a child, from conception until the age of two, is critical to […]

Global Hand Washing Day – 15 October 2014

October 14, 2014

Each year, diarrhea and pneumonia take away lives of 1.7 million children under the age of five. Washing hands with soap and water especially after using toilets and before handling food helps reduce disease infection by 40%.” The pictures in this document can be used by parents, home visitors, FCMs, child minders in ECD centres […]

Ilifa Positive Parenting Dialogue

October 10, 2014

Ilifa has partnered with the University of Cape Town and its collaborating partners to implement and test the Sinovuyo Caring Families Programme in the Western Cape. The Sinovuyo Caring Families Project focuses specially on the reduction of abuse and maltreatment of children in high-risk families in South Africa. The Positive Parenting Dialogue was held at […]

Lessons from the Field: TVET Colleges: Contributions towards HR Development in the Early Childhood Development Sector

October 2, 2014

This brief provides an overview of the key findings and recommendations of a national survey of ECD training provided by selected public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges conducted by Ilifa in 2013. It makes recommendations for developing and improving training opportunities through TVET colleges for a scaled up ECD sector. [ For […]


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