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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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Lessons from the Field: Private Funding of ECD in SA: A Snapshot!

September 29, 2014

A review of private funding of early childhood development (ECD) was conducted in 2013 to better understand current funding sources, drivers and areas of focus. The survey targeted the largest corporates listed on the JSE, local and international foundations and non-profit organisations (NPOs) operating in the ECD sector. [ Download the full document HERE ]

Lessons from the Field: ECD in SA on the move: What does this mean for the NPO Training Sector?

September 26, 2014

The early childhood development (ECD) non-profit (NPO) training sector is potentially a major resource for the scaling up of ECD in South Africa. Ilifa Labantwana commissioned a survey of 76 ECD Training NPOs that focus on services and programmes for children aged 0–4. [ To download the full document, click HERE ]

Lessons from the Field: The Sinovuyo Caring Families Project

September 12, 2014

This Lessons from the Field brief provides an overview of the Sinovuyo Caring Families Project which is being tested by Ilifa’s partners. The programme aims to contribute to the reduction of abuse and child maltreatment in South Africa through a mixed-methods approach that combines questionnaires, observational assessments, qualitative interviews and focus groups. [ To download […]

Responsive Parenting: a Strategy to Prevent Violence

September 3, 2014

This edition of Early Childhood Matters focuses on positive parenting and programmes aimed at reducing violence against young children. It makes mention of the Sinovuyo Caring Families Project, a parenting programme that seeks to address the reduction of abuse and maltreatment of children in high-risk families in South Africa. Ilifa has partnered with the University […]

Simple, Early Triggers that Help Our Children to Learn

August 28, 2014

Latest edition of the ECD Donor Dialogue: “South Africa should invest in early childhood development in order to enable children to perform better at primary, high school and tertiary levels.” How can we fix our education system? That question preoccupies our national mind – and not without cause. We fail to prepare enough people for […]

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