Sinovuyo Caring Families Programme: seven countries and counting

The programme, which was developed in the Western Cape and supported by Ilifa Labantwana, has been implemeneted in South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, the DRC, South Africa, Thailand and the Philippines, with the support of Clowns Without Borders South Africa.


Ilifa Labantwana works to secure an equal start for all children living in South Africa, through universal access to quality early childhood development.


Our graph of the month

Our survey of 516 ECD centres in 6 KZN municipalities found that only 21% of ECD centres had an adequate number of trained practitioners (1:20), shown by the orange bars on the graph. Meanwhile, only 28% had an adequate number of assistant practitioners (1:20), shown by the blue lines.

Because the data did not include the age ranges of children surveyed, we assumed that an ECD centre had an efficient number of personnel if they had a ratio of 1:10. None of the centres we surveyed had an efficient ratio of practitioners to children.

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ELOM: a programme monitoring and evaluation tool

The ELOM (Early Learning Outcomes Measure) - South Africa’s first population level pre-school child assessment tool, which is funded by Ilifa Labantwana’s sister organisation the Innovation Edge - was started in 2015. Over a two year period the project underwent...

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  • There are 6 million children aged 0 – 5 years in South Africa. 100%
  • 4 million of them receive the Child Support Grant and they need subsidised early learning. 66%
  • Only 1 million of them – or 25% – are receiving subsided early learning. 25%