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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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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 […]

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 ]


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