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Paving the Way to Quality ECD: We Need More ECD Practitioners

April 17, 2015

Quality ECD services begin with trained and motivated practitioners. At the moment, skills supply is not meeting demand. In the Eastern Cape alone, the provincial development plan estimates that 30 000 caregivers and educators need to be trained to achieve universal access to ECD services by 2030 but existing colleges are ill-equipped to rise to […]

Ilifa Labantwana’s Submission on the Review of the White Paper on Social Development

April 16, 2015

The White Paper on Social Development, first published in 1997, provides the framework for the development of a social welfare system that can unlock the potential of every person in SA, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised. The document is currently under review and Ilifa Labantwana has submitted its contribution to the process last week. […]

ECD: South Africa’s answer to curbing violence?

April 8, 2015

Policy frameworks which inform implementation around Early Childhood Development and violence prevention are not integrated – but they should be. That is one of the key findings of a report, by the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) published in the SA Crime Quarterly (March 2015), which offers some interesting food for thought. South Africa’s crime […]

Urgent ECD Intervention Required in Africa

April 7, 2015

Africa stands to lose as much as 12% of GNP p.a. for the next 20-30 years if urgent child and mother nutrition needs are not addressed. GDMT CEO addressed the issue on CNBC Africa’s TV programme Open Exchange on World Health Day today. Source: cnbcafrica.com More videos here

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 […]


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